Before I get into my current WIP, I wanted to give you a heads-up that the Transverse Shawlette pattern is now available for sale in my Ravelry store for $5.00.
There was a question in the comments about how severely I blocked mine. Actually, I didn’t block it within an inch of its life — more like within 6 inches of its life. Garter stitch always blocks out beautifully. Because by nature it smooshes up small without blocking, the post-blocking measurement in comparison to pre-blocking is always impressive.
I think this is a fairly easy project, and a fast one. As I said on the Ravelry pattern page, you can pretty much make it any size using any weight yarn. Just make sure you use a needle size larger than the yarn is normally knit with so you’ll get a nice open lace.
There is lace patterning on every row, but it is not difficult, and it is only on the edges. You have a nice field of garter stitch in the middle.
And it is a fast knit. I started mine on September 1 and finished it on September 10, and didn’t knit on it at all for 4 of those 10 days. So it would be good for banging out a quick holiday gift or two.
I’ve worked up a couple more sideways shawl designs, but haven’t knit them yet. But soon . . .
Now, back to the project at hand.
I decided I wanted a milk chocolate brown cardi, so I asked Stacy of Tempted Yarns if she would custom dye some of her Lovely Grrl base for me. I asked for a milk chocolate with very subtle variegation and that’s exactly what Stacy gave me.
I drafted a design for a v-neck slightly a-line cardigan with raglan sleeves and a lace bottom border and cast on Friday night. I decided to start with one of the side fronts, just in case I needed to adjust my lace pattern. Less ripping out than if I started with the back like I usually do for sweaters. Fortunately, no ripping was needed.
Here is a close-up of the lace border.
I am now working on the back and enjoying the awesomeness that is Lovely Grrl!
You may have seen that the Aran Knitting by Alice Starmore has been re-issued by Dover Press. I pre-ordered it from Amazon as soon as I heard the news, and it arrived a couple of days ago.
I do have the original hard-cover Aran Knitting, which I bought when it was first released, and have knit most of the designs in it, some of them more than once. But the re-issued edition has a new design not included in the original version: Eala Bhan (link to Virtual Yarns). Click on the photo on that page for a view of the back.
I have to knit it, of course.
It calls for Starmore’s own 2-ply Hebridean yarn, which is available from her website, Virtual Yarns. You can conveniently buy a yarn pack for the design in any of the colorways of the 2-ply Hebridean (you need to order the book to get the pattern, though). And it is (I think) reasonably priced — ranging from approximately $70 for the smallest size to $87 for the largest size (based on today’s exchange rate).
If you did not want to use the Hebridean 2-ply, you could substitute a heavy fingering weight yarn, I think. According to Virtual Yarns, Hebridean 2-ply has approximately 93 yards (85m) per 25g skein, 13 wpi. Gauge in stockinette stitch is 6.5 – 7 stitches/9.5 – 10.5 rows to the inch on a 2.75 – 3.25mm needle.
In Ravelry it is listed as a sport weight, but I think it is closer to fingering weight. Ravelry also states that the wpi is 12 (while Starmore’s site states 13) and says it is 100% shetland wool (it is Hebridean wool, not Shetland).
I ordered the 2-ply Hebridean because I know from experience that it is very soft and lovely, and I’m thinking this is something I’d wear with just a tank or cami under it, so I want a soft wool. I ordered the “Bogbean” colorway for my Eala Bhan. Raise your had if you are shocked at my ordering green.
Anyway, I will likely start this project at the beginning of October. Anyone want to knit along with me?
Speaking of lovely girl . . .