Yesterday afternoon at 4:35pm, I cast off the final stitch of my Wing-o-the-Moth Shawl. Here it is, pre-blocking:
I used a needle two sizes larger than Ithe one I knitted the shawl with to cast off, and used the same cast off in the instructions for the Flower Basket Shawl — knit 2, then knit those 2 stitches together through back loops, then knit 1, and repear with those 2 stitches, etc.
The cast-off edge:
Today at noon I soaked the shawl in cool water, and blocked it. Ta da!
It took me only about 45 minutes to get it all pinned out. I used blocking wires across the top, and pinned out the bottom edge with t-pins.
Pinned out, it is 88 inches across the top, and 44 inches down the back to the bottom center point. The finished dimensions in the pattern are listed as 86 inches across the top and 36 inches down the center back. But I’m an aggressive blocker. It will shrink slightly when I un-pin it.
To recap, this is the Wing-o’-the-Moth Shawl, designed by Anne Hanson and available for sale from her here.
I knit mine from Alchemy Haiku in the Dragon colorway. I used three skeins (325 yards each), and used all but a very small bit of the last skein. I knitted my shawl with a size U.S. 6 needle, and cast it off with a U.S. size 8 needle.
The pattern and charts were very clear and well-written and easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this and I can’t wait to un-pin it and wear it!
Lucy got excited at the start of the blocking process, but quickly lost interest and headed off to her kitty pi for a nap.
Liam Pattern Now Available
A couple of you have asked me recently about the Liam aran sweater I designed a couple of years ago. I’ve posted that pattern for sale as well. The permanent link to the pattern for sale will stay over in the sidebar.