This shawl, like a lot of things I’ve knit this year, has been an instructive exercise in the power of blocking. You may recall how scrunched and curled this looked when it came off the needles? I blocked it, and now it looks like this.
Pattern: a very truncated version of Daybreak, which was super fun to knit – the stripes and slipped stitches are just enough to keep the stockinette interesting, and the extra increases make this a perfect shawl to wear as a scarf, with the way it curves.
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM, 2 skeins – one in grey, one in turquoise.
Needles: I used my 4mm Addi Lace circular, because I didn’t own the size called for in the pattern. It was close enough.
I modified the pattern a bit, mostly to allow for the fact that I really didn’t want to buy extra skeins of yarn, even though the yardage that I had was much less than what was called for to knit the smallest size. I worked fewer stripe repeats (nine stripes of each) and striped the garter rows at the end. I ended up having a bit of the turquoise left over, but I used up the charcoal almost entirely, and I’m a big fan of the way the finished product turned out. The other change I made was to switch the M1R and M1Ls at the very end of each row with yarnovers, to make sure that the edge was nice and stretchy.
Because I worked the whole thing on a slightly larger needle and blocked it pretty fiercely, the finished shawl actually a perfect size – just big enough to wear as a scarf, over a t-shirt with jeans, and just in time. Fall is actually starting to settle in (finally), and I can’t wait to wear everything I’ve knit this summer with my new fall wardrobe.
I’ve sort of been spinning my wheels, knitting-wise, since finishing my Featherweight last week. I made a deal with myself in early August that I couldn’t start the fall sweater I want to make – an adult-sized version of EZ’s Tomten Jacket – until I’d finished that cardigan. And on the one hand, now that Featherweight is done, I’m excited to be “allowed” to start working on that sweater. It’s knit in worsted weight, and the entire thing is garter stitch, and I’m very very excited for being on autopilot for a month while I make that happen.
On the other, I can’t actually start until I’ve done some swatching and sketching and a fair bit of math, which I just haven’t been in the mood for lately. (It’s very high-stakes math. If I make a mistake, I don’t find out until a month later when I’ve knit a disaster.)
So I’ve been working on smaller, less thought-and-labour-intensive projects until then. I finished my Daybreak:
And I bought some more sock yarn. As you do. This is Tanis Fiber Arts, in Midnight (bright blue) and Shadow (grey). I’ve completely butchered the colours of the yarn by taking photos of it inside my apartment before the sun is up, but they’re lovely and go wonderfully together and neither of them is weirdly yellow-green like the light is telling you.
It’s possible they’ll actually be socks (I’m thinking stripey) although it’s equally possible they’ll end up as more triangular shawls, because they really are addicting. (And they can also be stripey.) I’ve got my eye on Ulmus.
Maybe if I made my shawl really tiny, I could get away with both?
Song of the Entry: Meese – The Start Of It (Listen)
While my Featherweight is quietly draining my will to knit (I’ve picked up for the collar! Each row is 1201703284 stitches! Only twelve rows left?), I’ve also been working on something else that’s a little easier on my sanity.
I like to have two projects on the go, during the school year – one to knit at home that’s a little more complicated and maybe a little less portable, and another that’s very plain and quite portable to knit at school. (I’m in a position where knitting during my lectures. It’s absolutely wonderful.)
This is the project I started for school, and it’s been going so quickly – although, as is the nature of triangular shawls, it goes slower the closer I get to finishing.
Still, I’m finding myself very satisfied with this project. The pattern is Daybreak, and I’m working it up in the Koigu I mentioned a couple of entries ago, and everything about it just seems shiny and awesome. The stripes are addicting! The slipped stitches totally mesmerize me! The colour scheme is the same as everything else I’ve ever knit, but that’s okay because it’s going to get worn as a scarf, and it has to match my wardrobe!
Song of the Entry: The Weepies – All Good Things (Listen)