Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Pattern: Circle Dance Shawl

A simple lace stitch partners with a luscious honeycomb for the main body of this semi-circular shawl.  Another simple lace pattern creates the wide ribbed border.

This pattern is now available on the following fine websites:  Ravelry and Etsy.

I actually made the misty green shawl first, as an experimental pre-knit for the larger version I made using one of my favorite yarns, the beautiful, bountiful BaaBoo from Hearthside Fibers.

The green is a fingering weight yarn called Glimmer, 95% Baby Alpaca, 5% polyester (the glimmery part).  Slightly fuzzy, as alpaca tends to be, but still shows the stitches--hooray!

I used up all of four balls of Glimmer at 183.5 yards each, knitting with #2 (3 mm) needles, 32" circular.  These were Addi Natura needles, btw.  Not as slippery as the Addi metal ones, but nice and smooth with sharp points.

Now for the BaaBoo, also a fingering weight yarn.

My pattern calls for 1 skein of Orchid (the pink), 1 skein of Grape Jelly, and 2 skeins of Wingtips (the grey), at 438 yards per skein.  I ended up using less than a quarter of the second Wingtips skein, though.  Funny how things work out.  The best-laid plans…and so forth.

The finished shawl didn't turn out quite as I envisioned color-wise, but I'm happy that the semi-circle came out truly semi-circular.

This shawl hangs quite naturally over one's shoulders and seems pretty stable there, not requiring a shawl pin or further tying or draping around one's neck.

And the stitch patterns are repetitive enough that once you get the hang of them, they are quite relaxing to knit.  But not boring!

Thanks to my friend Judith for modeling the shawls for me.

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