I have released the Transverse Shawlette from the blocking wires and pins and it is now ready to go.
As I mentioned, I used one skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina (and a U.S. size 7 needle). At the beginning of the shawlette my skein weighed 117 grams and after completion I had 15 grams of yarn leftover.
This shawl is knit sideways. On the first half I increased one stitch every other row. Then on the second half, I decreased one stitch every other row until I was down to the original number of stitches I started with — in this case, four.
The pattern will be available very soon.It is a pretty easy knit, I think because there are no tricky maneuvers. You need to know how to knit, yarn over, knit 2 together, double-decrease by working a slip 1 knit 2 together pass slip stitch over, and increase by knitting in the front and back of a stitch.
When you knit this design, you can either weigh your yarn at the start and knit until you have used half of it (instructions are included for doing this), or you can knit the number of repeats I did — this information is also included in the pattern.
And you can pretty much use any yarn and needles you like, remembering that the larger the needle size you use with your yarn, the more open and lacy your shawlette will be. The yarn I used, Madelinetosh Pashmina, is listed as a sport weight, and I used a US 7 (4.5mm) needle with it to achieve a nice open-looking lace.
By the Way . . .
I keep forgetting to tell you that I was asked to be one of the designers for the Knit-Purl Sock Club. If you follow the link there, you can see I am in very good company! I understand that there still are a couple of slots open, so if you are interested, you may still be able to join.
Onward to the New WIP
This is a pile of Tempted Lovely Grrl yarn, in a colorway I asked Stacy to custom-dye for me. It is called, very appropriately, “Milk Chocolate.” Lovely Grrl is fingering weight, 50/50 merino/silk and is a delight to knit.
I have started a cardigan (my own design) from it and am once again loving knitting with this fabulous yarn. But I’ll talk about that tomorrow.
Lucy is mildly embarrassed about that photo of her I posted yesterday, so I have had to apologize to her. Profusely.