Garter Lace Knit Shawl
July 16, 2014
I have finally finished my Noro Garter Lace Shawl. I started this project last summer and had set it aside. I got it out a couple of months ago and decided I needed to finish it since I was already a fourth of the way done. The shawl is very pretty and I love how it turned out.
The shawl pattern was from the summer 2013 issue of Noro Knitting magazine. The pattern is available on Ravelry for $5.00. It was a fairly simple pattern to follow but in my magazine there was an error on the one row of the lace pattern. I had figured this out on my own around the third repeat row of the lace pattern and I now notice that there is a errata statement on the Ravelry page – I guess I should have looked there sooner. So, if you decide to knit this look at the end of the pattern page and the row correction is there – save yourself a headache.
The yarn I used for this was not the yarn the pattern recommended. I used Noro Sekku yarn because I had 3 skeins of it and knew it would be enough to make this shawl. The Sekku yarn is a blend of mainly cotton, wool, nylon and silk. The yarn was okay to work with – not one of my favorites in the Noro yarns. It is a really fine yarn that was like knitting with floss. I really like the colors of the yarn though and how they look with the lace pattern. The colorway I used was number 8 – and it only took 2 of my 3 skeins so now I will have to figure out something to make with that leftover skein.
The reason I think this shawl took me forever to finish was that it is knit on very small size 4 needles. That needle size combined with the thin yarn I just felt like I was not getting much done. The end part of the shawl took forever to complete a row too because you had over 300+ stitches on the needles. I think it was taking me about 10 or 15 minutes to complete a row.
This shawl is a great summer project though as the yarn is thin and mostly cotton so it is not hot or too heavy to work with when it is hot outside. I do not like to work with heavy wool type of yarns in the summer time.
Overall I am pleased with the way this shawl turned out and look forward to being able to wear it. It will be a great shawl to keep with me for those chilly air conditioned places. There are also a lot of great colors in this shawl that will go with many things in my wardrobe.
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Shawl For My Mom
May 14, 2014
This shawl is a project I recently designed and made for my mom for Mother’s Day. I began working on this shawl the end of April after finishing my shawl from the KAL I did with my facebook knitting group. I had to knit fast as my mom does not live near me and the gift needed to be mailed.
I knitted this shawl on size US 6 knitting needles. Now anyone who is a knitter knows that projects on size 6 needles do not knit up as quickly as say something on a size 10 needle – so the weekend before Mother’s Day if I was sitting I was knitting, as the saying goes. Luckily the weather was nice that weekend and I could sit outdoors on our patio to knit.
The yarn I used was a combination of glittery and sequin yarns that I had in my stash. I didn’t have enough of one skein to do the whole thing the same color so that is where the idea came in to do a color block type of shawl. The yarns I used were Vanna Glamour in the navy and beige and the white was Payette from Loops and Threads, which I believe is the Michaels label of yarn. One skein of each color yarn was used.
The edge of the shawl features a short row shaping and a lacy stitch which produces a gentle scallop or wave. I really like how that turned out and looks in the front when it is tied.
My mom called me on Monday to tell me she got the shawl. There is a funny story about me finishing it frantically and mailing it Priority last Wednesday so it would get there by Saturday. I get a phone call from her last Friday, the one before Mother’s Day, and they are on their way to go visit my grandmother, who is 91 years old, for the weekend. I knew they would be going to see her for Mother’s Day but thought they would not leave until Saturday and she would have gotten the package by then. I told her that I made an exerted effort to get it to her and we just laughed about it. I had already kind of warned her the week before that her gift might be a couple of days late. Well, anyhow – she received it by Monday when they got back home and she loves it. I am so glad – I knew she would like the colors and would have lots of things to wear it with.
I went to Michaels yesterday to get some cotton yarn for the new KAL I am currently doing with my facebook knitting group that is knitting various dishcloths – the goal is two per week. Well, while I was there I found this pretty yarn on clearance for only $1.79. It is from Patons and called Glam stripe.
There were a couple of other colors but I just got these 4. I am going to be making another shawl using my Garter and Lace Wave pattern and combining it with some of this yarn and other sequin and glitter yarns in my stash. The pattern for this shawl will be available in late May or early June in my etsy shop.
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Knit Triangle Shawl
April 2, 2014
This is one of my recent knitting projects that I completed. I knit this triangle shawl in Lion Homespun yarn so it is nice and cozy. Homespun yarn is one of my favorites to use to create soft and warm accessories or sweaters. It is one of my go to yarns in the winter months so I always buy it when it is on sale so I have a stash on hand for when a new idea strikes me.
I really like how my new design came out. I got the idea for making this after watching some of the craftsy class Sweetheart Knit Shawls. So far I have still only watched a few of the videos but seeing how to knit a triangle shawl gave me this idea to design my own. I just wanted a basic knit shawl and not a lot of fancy stitches for this one. I did do an openwork stitch at the lower edge though.
I knit this shawl on larger needles size 13 needles so it knit up pretty fast. I am going to be making another one in a different color of Homespun with possibly a different lower edging – I haven’t decided yet.
This shawl has gotten some good use from me so far. I took it to Florida with me a few weeks ago and wore it there in the evening. I also wore it to church the other day. It is nice to take with me in the car in case I find myself in a cool environment and then I have something warm to wrap around me. I have also just wore it around my house when I am a little chilly.
The craftsy class Sweetheart Knit Shawls so far is a great class. I need to go back and finish watching the rest of it as I always learn some new and helpful info from all the craftsy classes I have taken. There are three shawl designs you can make from the class but I have not attempted any of them yet. They are all very pretty designs. You can click on the craftsy class link to learn more about craftsy knitting classes if you are interested. I have also purchased another lace knitting class Lace Knitting: Basics and Beyond with Eunny Jang but have not started watching that one yet. A friend of mine also purchased it and we thought it would be fun to take it and discuss what we have learned.
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