Today was a cool and sunny Friday. I'm at home in San Diego listening to Lena Horne's greatest hits. It's late now, and I'm tired, so I'll just add a bit to the Bridal Shawl pattern
Now we are going to decrease 2 stitches at the beginning and end of each right side row. Continue like this until about 48 or so stitches remain. Try to end at the end of a repeat. If you like a pointier bottom edge, continue to a smaller number. 48 will give you a rounded bottom edge for a semi-circle effect. Next we do 8 rows in garter stitch. The center section is done. Do not bind off, as you be using these stitches for the lace edging.
Transition rows: Pick up along the garter edge 1 stitch per row (1 in the "bee's knees" and one in the "Valley") then make 1 stitch with a backwards loop. You are picking up 3 stitches for every 2 rows. Continue until you reach the safety pin.
Now pick up along the garter edge 1 stitch per row (1 in the "bee's knees" and one in the "Valley"). You are picking up 2 stitches for every 2 rows.
When you come to the top edge, place a marker and begin picking up 1 stitch for each cast on stitch, adding in about 20 extra stitches for ease.
At the end of the straight edge, place a marker and pick up 2 stitches for every 2 rows as above until the safety pin. After the safety pin, pick up 3 stitches for every 2 rows as above.
Work 4 rows garter stitch in the round (knit 1 round, purl 1 round). Work 2 rows stockinette stitch in the round (knit both rows).
I wrote up the complete pattern nicely and it is available on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search?query=Julie+Lanner
Tomorrow we will talk about the lace edge.
Lilo is napping by my side.