It took me nearly the entire project—I’m close to the finish but not quite done—to decide. Fringe, or no fringe?
It’s always a conundrum for me when I debate whether to veer from a designer’s pattern. Especially here, out in the knitting public. There have been times where I doubted I’d like a pattern’s outcome—and ended up loving it. That part of knitting holds the same wonder writing does for me: you never quite know what you’re going to get until you’re done.
Knitting is also, however, a highly personal craft. I know my tastes, I usually know what pleases me and why. I know that I don’t care for fringe. I own one rectangular shawl with fringe—really more like tassels—at each end. Fringe all down the large edge of this shawl? I really don’t think I’ll enjoy it.
It’s already making me nervous that I won’t have enough yarn to get through the bind off on this project. It’s not like a prayer shawl where you can cut your fringe strands before you start your third skein—this is a one skien project.
Internet to the rescue! This week one of my favorite local yarn stores sent out an e-newsletter with this exact yarn featured. I had my solution! I will finish the shawl and bind it off. I will wear it once and see how I like it without the fringe. Should I decide it really needs that edging, I will walk myself down to the shop and pick up a second skein with which to add said fringe.
Problem solved. For now. Stay tuned to see my final decision.