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Archive for March 26th, 2011

She’s Beautiful! (Colorama Shawl Design)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

I am on my very, very last few tasks to release the shawl design I’ve been working on for nearly 7 months. Her name is now officially “Colorama Crescent Shawl.” She’s beautiful.

Edited to add purchase information after pattern was released:

Last Wednesday I went to dance rehearsal. Two friends were playing around with the shawl I had brought along. They make me look good. See?

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I wrote the pattern in four sizes. They are the same stitch design and length, but some have more sections of fabric. I took a photo with all 4 shawls lined up (on the edge you can’t see here). You can see the size differences here. One more section at the neck creates a lot more fabric at the hem edge.

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The smallest one  on top (Sprite size), is a little more than a half of a circle.

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The bottom/bright blue one (Goddess Size) is about 3/4 of a circle. I blocked this one with steam, and let it dry flat.

If I had blocked it as a frequent lace knitter might, I would have dunked it in water, pressed out the water, then pinned it out into a larger size than I have right here.

The drape is satisfying as it is, though. The solid blue in this shawl is alpaca and it drapes wonderfully.

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I’ve named the sizes Sprite, Princess, Diva and Goddess. The Sprite is good as a neck wrap, on any size person. I sure like this better than a traditional scarf!

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The Goddess size fits at least up to a size XXX woman, as a standard shawl. However, two Goddess-sized knitting friends felt that the Diva Size would work for them as a shoulder warmer. The shape makes it fit many sizes.

I’m rather small but I like wrapping up in the Goddess sized shawl. I wear it a bit like what you see in the above photo, but really tossed over a shoulder, a la Stevie Nicks. (Yes, I’m a child of the 70s, and she’s the queen of fabric-wrapped/draped fashion in my mind.)

Another wonderful development is that a young knitting friend is knitting this as a skirt. We figured out how many sections she needed to go around her waist, and she cast on. I will enjoy seeing that project evolve.

I have just a few more items on the to-do list to get this pattern ready for release. I’ve been up past 3am for 4 nights in a row working on it. It’s finally in a flow, and it feels as if I will finish this weekend.

I am always amazed by how much time it takes to really get the details right. Quality is worth it.

See you soon!