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Archive for November 20th, 2009

Swatch for Over-the-Top Shawl

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Life is good, life is busy, life seems to keep me away from blogging. I try to post every day. I missed yesterday, but I did knit when I was gone.


I think I’m in love with my Over-the-Top Shawl from Color by Kristin (Kristin Nicholas, author/designer). The yarns I chose are just buttery in my fingers, and the colors really seem to reflect my style so far.

I decided to do a tiny swatch (well, tiny compared to the number of stitches I will cast on when I start the full thing). I am doing one repeat of the larger pattern (I have not reached that point in this photo, and in real life I’ve only knit 3 rounds of it).

The bottom bobble edge is purple baby llama. The next blue stripe is one strand of angora/nylon held with a laceweight mohair. The green is a pima cotton. The darker blue is the most luscious and buttery baby alpaca I have maybe ever touched (it’s Shibui brand). Close to the needles there is a shiny wool/silk, and above that the purple baby llama again.

All of these yarns are drapey and soft to the touch. I think the textures will help the shawl drape and stay wrapped around my shoulders, or that is the idea, anyway. I’m doing the bumpy stripes slightly different than Kristin specified, to make up for the softer non-wool content of those yarns I’m using for the stripes.

The only yarn that is missing from the combination here is an alpaca/silk in raspberry, which I plan to use with the top shiny teal in the main part of the shawl. Assuming I like it when I finish the swatch, that is.

I have had a lot of work to do, both teaching and in my pattern-design business, this week. All I want to do is knit on this swatch, but I have not touched it since Wednesday (when I accomplished all of 3 rounds at 35 stitches per round).

The swatch I have right here, though, is beautiful. It is telling me that I’m on the right road to a shawl I’ll adore.