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Lovely Grey Shawl

Just finished this shawl, and I’m looking for a place to wear it. (Of course the weather has just gotten very warm here in my area, but I trust it will cool off again before spring truly arrives.) Great design, one that looks more complicated than it was to make.

Grey Lace Shawl

The pattern is from Vogue Knitting Holiday 2016, pattern #4 “Faux Cable Shawl.” I’m not sure I’d really call it a “faux cable,” more of a “medallion lace,” but no matter, the result of this lace pattern is desirable. As you might guess, you knit the same pattern repeat for the bulk of the piece. It’s a twelve-row pattern, one that increases by 12 stitches with each repeat. It knit up very quickly and was a pleasure to work on. I seemed to get through each pattern repeat so quickly, despite the increases!

I used five skeins of DK Merino Superwash by Plymouth in Light Gray (love the simple way they name their yarns!), which knit up to gauge with a size seven needle. The pattern called for a 48″ circular needle, and while I eventually outgrew my 24″, the 40″ I ended up with wasn’t necessary to comfortably accommodate all the stitches. I believe a 32″ would have been fine, and maybe a little easier to work with. But, to each his own.

The yarn I used isn’t as dressy as the yarn used in the pattern, but it knit up beautifully. I’m very pleased with my choice.

I wet-blocked the shawl, and initially it stretched out several inches wider than the finished size listed in the pattern. However, as it dried, due to the nature of the lace pattern, it regained some of the “bubbly” texture it had as I was knitting it, which pulled it back to the listed size.

The picot edge didn’t come out quite like the picture in the magazine, however, it did pull those points out and give it the intended swoopy-edge (you can’t really see that in the above picture, but the final result had the swoops).

I was going to put this on my sofa and use it as a convenient decorative piece I could wrap myself up in on cold evenings, but once I took a good look at the throw currently serving that purpose, I changed my mind. My cats somehow think knit pieces on the back of the sofa are akin to scratching posts, and that poor throw is so pilled from being clawed. I don’t want that to happen to this shawl!

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Green Lace Scarf

Another project for my local yarn store, and this one is quite feminine, very pretty. I can see it being used with something a little dressier or, if you prefer,  a fairly casual outfit. As an accent piece, it would be perfect with either.

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The pattern is “Brickless” by Strickmich! and is available on Ravelry.com. While it was intended for a heavy worsted weight yarn, I made it here in a fingering weight, “Stunning Singles” by Apothefaery Fabrications. It’s a 70% merino wool/30% silk blend. There’s no color name listed on the label, although the number “33” is hand-written in very small print on one side, so I’m assuming that’s the color number. It’s handpainted, so there’s no dye lot, and I’m not sure if they repeat colors.

I used most of the 438 yards of one skein of this yarn, and I’d say it’s just about the right length to wrap around stylishly.

This was a fairly easy pattern to follow. Half of it, if not a little more, is either garter stitch or a 1 x 1 rib. The rest is the most basic of lace patterns, just yarn over, knit two together. You’re increasing one stitch on every row, then binding off half of what you’ve increased at the end of each section.

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Gauge is hardly important. Like many shawls or scarves of this type of design, you can stop when it gets to the right size for you. The key would be getting enough yarn to finish the project. With the yarn the pattern calls for (as I mentioned before, a heavy worsted weight), you’ll need 580 yards, but I believe it finishes up to be a shawl and not a scarf as I have here.

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Malabrigo Shawl — Complete!

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Here it is…the Greystone Harbor shawl I’ve been working on. I’ve posted most (well, all) of the relevant information already, so this is just show-and-tell.

If it weren’t for the fact I just moved, I’d dress up a little and model it. However, I’m lucky I can find a clean pair of socks right now, let alone the right outfit to show this off.

If you want to see what I’ve already written about it, go to Malabrigo Shawl.

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Malabrigo Shawl

I’d planned to wait until I finished this shawl to post about it, but I’m so excited about it I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s the same pattern I used for the lace shawl I completed last month, but the look with the Malabrigo Rios yarn is completely different.

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The pattern is Greystone Harbor Shawl from the Spring/Summer 2016 Vogue Knitting. It’s not a beginner pattern, but not difficult. A fun challenge. There is a repeat of the same chart eleven times, so you get to know the pattern well by the time you’re done. Still, you do need to pay attention as you’re knitting. It’s beautifully designed; kudos to designer Rosemary (Romi) Hill.

The yarn is subtly shaded, but not variegated, which gives it depth but all the advantages of a solid color. It’s a merino superwash and wonderful to work with. I also think it shows off this pattern beautifully! While I was pleased with the finished result of my last Greystone Harbor shawl, I’m thrilled with how this is turning out.

I haven’t been a shawl person in the past, but this pattern has changed my mind. The completed project will be approximately the size the pattern calls for, about 63″ across the top.

One of the wonderful things about this pattern is the ability to shorten or lengthen simply by decreasing or increasing the number of repeats of the second chart. So if you’re petite, you may find you want it a little smaller. That same sort of change can be made to accommodate different weights of yarn, and it won’t negatively affect the look.

That top, by the way, is knit in, no extra finishing required. Yay!