REVIEW: RicRac by Meghan Jackson

11 Jul


Sometimes when people write reviews, they ooh and aah over something but don’t give me the details I really want. Like, can this pattern be modified? What are some obstacles I might come across? Can you use another descriptor for the pattern other than “lovely”?

So while I test-knit (remember I said I was working on some top secret knits?) RicRac for Meghan Jackson, I took notes. I wrote down things I came across or things I thought my readers might like to know about the pattern. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a lot of the time when I knit, I think I know better than the designer. “Oh, I can do THIS instead of what they asked for!” And a lot of the time it works… and sometimes it doesn’t. In this particular case, the pattern can easily be modified.


RicRac calls for 500 yards of fingering weight yarn and for the pattern to be knit with US size 6 needles. What did I do? I used 463 yards of fingering weight yarn (At Knit’s End ‘Tip It Ewe Lush’) and US size 5s. I didn’t want to use a skein and just a little bit of a second so I figured if I went down a needle size, then the lack of yardage would be ok. And you know what? It was. I scraped by with a little bit of yarn left over. Although, knitting RicRac the way I did produces a smaller shawl (yeah, it’s kind of a shawlette.) And the pattern calls for beads. I didn’t do the beads. I’ve never done beadwork in any of my knitting and for a test knit, I wasn’t willing to potentially eff things up trying something ELSE entirely new.

RicRac is knit top down and has a garter body. Then it is turned to knit a short row lace border (something I’d never done before.) There are written AND chart instructions, both are super easy (if you have down the basic knitting skills) & fun to follow. Plus, the entire knit took me 8 days to finish. I worked on it inconsistently but dedicated some serious hours to it.

I’ll admit, by the time I was halfway through the garter body, I was pushing myself to finish. It got a little monotonous. BUT the lace section was fun! And I know I’ve said before that I don’t like knitting in pattern on the wrong side of lace work, I’d rather just purl, but even following a pattern on the wrong side didn’t bother me.

Seriously, if you’re looking for an interesting knit, I HIGHLY suggest this one. It’s zen with the garter body, but interesting with the lace border.



One Response to “REVIEW: RicRac by Meghan Jackson”

  1. Sandi Blanc (@TheBlueEwe) July 11, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Oh my, it looks wonderful and the Zen knitting really appeals to me

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