Saturday, October 02, 2010

It Took Me 4 Months ....




.... to knit this shawl. I cast on in June during our Annual Knitting Retreat as I was inspired by a fellow knitter who was knitting it. She finished the shawl at the retreat but I had to put mine aside as I wanted beads in place of the nupps. So I ordered my beads & when they arrived, I just put them aside.

For the past 4 months, I forgot all about this shawl until recently, I was doing some tidying up of my project bags & found it.

It took me 2 days to complete the rest of the shawl - a day to place the beads & finish the lace border & another day for the short row stocking stitch portion & it was done. I did not realise that this shawl was such a quick knit & it is a lovely pattern. I should have done this months ago & would have a lovely shawl to wear during winter. Now it would have to wait till next year but anyway, I am really happy with it.

The shawl is knitted with String Theory yarn (a blend of merino & cashmere) & it's a sock yarn instead of the lace yarn suggested in the pattern. Although the shawl does not look so lacy but I love the shape & the softness of the yarn. Mine turned out longer (70") but narrower (12").


I just love the silver beads that I used in place of the nupps. I am not a fan of nupps & usually don't knit shawls with nupps.

I have also finished the vest which is knitted from this pattern. I like the structure & shape but the pattern is knitted in thick yarn. I knitted mine in Fleece Artist BFL 2/28 which is a 3ply & therefore had to re-work all the numbers. It was a simple knit but it took me a while to work out the size & the shaping & there was a lot of frogging. But I did managed it & the vest fitted ......


On the whole, the vest looks alright but I am not totally happy with it as it does not have the drape at the bottom. I think it's the yarn which is not so soft but I love the color.


The drape that I wanted is at the sides of the vest & I wanted it to be more drapey. This is created by yos at both sides of the vest. Maybe I should have done more yos ?


One thing that I am really pleased with is the top of the vest which I knitted from the top down. I used this technique for a lovely tubular cast on. The yos on the raglan increases make a lovely design & I did a few rows of moss stitch for the neckline & the edge of the armholes.

Now that I have the right technique & numbers, I plan to knit another one in a thinner & softer yarn - maybe silk .......


7 comments:

Donna (Random Knits) said...

Your Annis is beautiful!!

2paw said...

Your shawl is gorgeous, and I love the shape.
Very stylish vest, it fits perfectly and I love the YO drape!!

Roseann said...

Your shawl is gorgeous!!! Beautiful color and the beads set it off very nicely. I enjoyed the tubular cast-on video, looks a lot easier than the one I have used. Your vest is very pretty, imagining all those re-calculations you did made my brain hurt. It is lovely in a thinner yarn, a very nice choice.

Rose Red said...

The shawl is just gorgeous - I'm not a big fan of nupps either, beads instead is a great idea.

I think your vest looks lovely - and I like the sound of a silk one!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Your shawl is beautiful! Love the beads in place of the nupps.

Beate said...

that is truly a great shawl- love that you knitted with sockyarn instead of lace... more rustic.

Rachel said...

That shawl is beautiful! I'm not normally a fan of beads in knitting but I think what you did works very well!