It is a sizeable project, for me, both in physical length and the stitching.
The instructions said monks cloth shinks considerably, so should be washed first and dried in a dryer to maximise shrinkage. As it was 37C the day I washed it, I couldn't bring myself to put it in the dryer so hoped the summer sun in Adelaide has a similar effect!
The fabric is very loosely woven and beautifully soft.
The pattern is worked from the centre out, so you begin by counting the number of blocks of thread, marking it out with safety pins.
You mark the centre and working the base line from there, in my case, across the width of the throw.
It is easy stitching - or weaving, since the needle goes under and over the 'floats', not through the fabric.
I had chosen four colours in the pinky-red range in DMC perle 3. I can no longer remember how or why I chose these colours when I bought the fabric. They are not as the pattern suggests and I like the overall effect, but can no longer remember how I chose them.
I won't have enough thread to finish and eventually found a supplier of perle 3 in Victoria.
This is the centre pattern, with the connecting diamonds and half the end border.It starts to get quite a nice effect as you near the edge.
The pattern finished the end with a straight line, truncating the last component of the pattern into a straight line. I decided to finish the pattern and end with peaks. It took the pattern closer to the end and looked more satisfying to me.
I am now mirroring this whole half at the other end.