Friday, January 29, 2016
Knitting: stripe study shawl.
Why is it that shawls seem to take an incredibly long time to knit? (Especially ones knit from fingering weight yarn!) It feels like I worked on this shawl forever, but really it only took a month, off and on.
I didn't plan on using these two yarns together. The variegated yarn was a skein that I purchased from a local dyer at the fiber festival last spring. I planned on using it for socks. The brown yarn is some US Merino yarn from Jill Draper Makes Stuff, and I was planning on using it for a shawl. But when I saw these two skeins next to each other, they looked so nice that I decided to use them together in a project.
The pattern is the Stripe Study Shawl. It's a simple garter stitch shawl that incorporates short rows. It was pretty easy to memorize the pattern after a while, so it was good TV knitting. Because my yarns matched a little too well, the stripes are subtle. There are twelve sections between stripes, but I ran out of yarn in the last section, so that one isn't as wide as it's supposed to be.
I'm really happy with how this shawl turned out! It's a lot bigger than I expected...I guess the yarn being superwash really helped it stretch when I blocked it. Because the shawl is asymmetrical and one end is shorter, it's trickier to wear, but since it's a larger shawl, I don't have to worry about it shifting around too much.