Here is the view from my hotel balcony in Chincoteague this past weekend.
SoXperience 2012 was great fun and a great success (well, as far as I am concerned — you’d have to ask the students as well). But I was very happy to get home Sunday, and Miss Lucy was very happy to have her momma back where she belongs.
I finished my green shawlette on Saturday. Here it is, laid out flat on the floor:
This was knit from one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the “Jade” colorway using a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle. It was knit sideways, starting with very few stitches and increasing until the depth was what I wanted. Then for the center section I worked short rows to give the piece a nice curve in the middle. It features a simple lace edging that is knit as you work the body, so there is no picking up of stitches later.
Because of this shaping, it sits nicely on the shoulders and does not slip off. The shawlette measures 50″ unstretched across the top and stretches well beyond 60 inches. I did not block the body of the piece because I wanted to keep the garter stitch as-is. It drapes so nicely and molds itself to the wearer. I just steamed out the edging a bit with a steam iron.
The pattern will be available soon.
But not immediately.
I had started another sideways shawlette to take with me to Cincoteague because I knew I’d be finishing the green one while I was away. But after finishing, I decided I wanted to knit the same pattern again with a different weight yarn, so I ripped out the new shawl, and started the same pattern over again:
For this one I’m using Madelinetosh Pashmina, in the “Bark” colorway, and a U.S. size 5 needle. Pashmina is sportweight (and a heavy sportweight, I think). A skein of Tosh Sock is about 400 yards and a skein of Pashmina is 360 yards. I think the Pashmina shawlette will end up to be about the same size as the Tosh Sock version (lower yardage but heavier yarn). I’ll find out soon.
Both of these versions will be on the pattern once I write it up. I am knitting these wraps by weight of the yarn and will describe how to do that in the pattern so the knitter can use up every bit of the skein, but there will also be instructions to knit by number of rows and repeats.
Now I need to come up with a name for the design. Lucy is giving this problem some serious thought.