Daebee noticed that the Part 3 instructions I posted for Esmerelda last week started with the wrong side (right instead of left).  I just corrected them, including switching the stitch counts around, because those were correct.  See this post for the updated instructions.  Since I’m not knitting the shrug as I’m designing it, and I’m used to designing things bottom-up instead of top-down, I got confused about which side you end up on after finishing a WS row.  Sorry about that!

In other news, I went to Sheetal‘s wedding over the weekend.  It was lots of fun, and she looked amazing.  The only bad part was that it was an outdoor wedding and right as she she started down the isle, the sky opened up and dumped profuse amounts of rain down on us, and continued to do so throughout the ceremony.  R and I found shelter under a tree just behind the seating area, where we kept mostly dry and still had a decent view.  There was a lovely lunch afterwards, and then a nice gap during which Spinnity and I (and our spouses) walked to a LYS (where I picked up 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden in a creamy color) and then I got to take a nap (because I was up until 3am the night before finishing knitting Sheetal’s stole for her evening outfit) before speeches, dinner, and dancing in the evening.  It was a super quick weekend, with lots of time spent on planes and in airports (our flight last night was delayed 1 1/2 hours so we spent about 5 hours in Dallas), but it was definitely worth the trip!  I’ll have to share some photos of the wedding, and of Italy… soon, I promise!

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Big apologies to those of you out there who have been patiently waiting for the next installment! Here it is! You can also find it on the Ravelry Fiber Fiends group discussion page, along with photos of other people’s shrugs-in-progress. You can find Esmerelda on Ravelry here.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Esmerelda, it’s a top-down shrug I’m designing as a knit-a-long for the Fiber Fiends Ravelry group, and I’m also posting the installments here on my blog. This is the third knitting installment, which involves putting the sleeve stitches on holders and working the back section.  You can find yarn requirements here, the first knitting installment here, and the second installment here.

Back
Work 9 (11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 18) left front sts in stockinette stitch. Place next 20 (28, 27, 36, 34, 43, 42) sts on holder for left sleeve. Use backward loop method to cast on 20 (17, 23, 22, 29, 27, 33) sts. Work 39 (49, 51, 59, 63, 70, 73) back sts in stockinette stitch. Place next 20 (28, 27, 36, 34, 43, 42) sts on holder for right sleeve. Use backward loop method to cast on 20 (17, 23, 22, 29, 27, 33) sts. Work remaining 8 (12, 11, 15, 14, 18, 17) sts in stockinette stitch.  96 (106, 120, 132, 150, 160, 174) sts on the needles. Work in stockinette stitch for 3.5” / 9 cm, or until piece measures 10 (10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 13)” / 25.5 (26.5, 28, 29, 30.5, 32, 33) cm.

The sleeves will be up next!

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