Sunday, March 28, 2010

asymmetrical shawl

The Asymmetrical Shawl was a fast, fun and easy knit. And it didn't take much yarn at all. I had 400 yards of cotton and silk that Bridgette Lowder of Farm Girl Fibers had dyed a lovely mix of steely blues with hints of purple showing through at times. Above is a pre-blocking picture of the finished shawl. I didn't use nearly the 400 yards I had and the pattern didn't specify when to stop. Basically it said to go until desired width. Its really hard to tell how wide this shawl really is while its still on the needles, mainly because of its circular shape. So I'd worry that it was still too small and I'd worry that it was getting too big. Finally, I just decided to go for it and started on the lace border. The border takes quite a while to do, even though its very simple, but it's worth it. Below is a picture of it all stretched out across a twin bed (went almost all the way across it width-wise).

You can see the border better in these pictures of the shawl than in the ones of it on the bed. I'd say anyone with a little bit of patience could make this shawl. I used stitch markers to mark ever repeat and was careful to remember which side of the YO the stitch marker belonged on. They are tricky little buggers and like to slip under the yarn overs and end up in the wrong spot.
The yarn has lovely drape, by the way, and the shawl is light enough so as not to be too hot for spring but warm enough that you want to cozy it around your neck on those windier days.

I'm torn now on what to do next. I have the Everyway Wrap on the needles and I can keep plugging away at that, although I know it will be too warm to wear it by the time I would be anywhere close to finishing it. OR I can make another lightweight shawl like Citron, June, Whipped, Fairy Tale, or Aubrey (all of which are in my rav queue). OR I can move on to something else springy, like that hat from Knit.1 I've been wanting to make forever (and have had the yarn for 3 years now). Decisions!

1 comment:

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I clicked through from the Ravelry page on this project. Your comments are very, very helpful. Still deciding on whether this is what I want for my yarn, though.