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Friday, April 13, 2007

Flower Basket Shawl Finished!

I pulled the blocking wires (I love those things) out of it yesterday and here it is! It ended up being 68 inches across the top edge. Here are all the details. The yarn is less than 2 ounces of Merino/Silk top, handdyed by Kendig Cottage in the Iris Garden colorway (scroll down) that I handspun into a two ply, keeping the colors in the same order. They don't line up perfectly so I ended up with a yarn that blends from one color to another. The weight of the yarn is slightly finer than Jaggerspun Zephyr. I used size 5 US (3.75mm) needles and followed the pattern for the Flower Basket Shawl as published in Interweave Knits in the Fall of 2004. I did work more repeats of the Lower Flower Basket Chart before doing the Edging Chart - I have 16 flower baskets along each short side of the triangle. I also changed the double decrease from what the pattern called for. It called for a slip one, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over which is a left slanting double decrease. I used a centered double decrease: slip two together knitwise, knit one, pass slipped stitches over. This gave me the strong center lines up the baskets that run from the edges of the shawl to the center "spine."
You can see how the centered double decrease looks in this shot. There are oodles of Flower Basket Shawl pictures on the web, so if you're thinking of making one, Google it and you can see what it looks like with the decrease the pattern calls for. Then you can decide which one you want to use. I think its going to be a perfect Spring and Summer shawl because its so lightweight! Of course, right now its too cold to wear it around here.

Have a great weekend!



Blogger Rosa said...

It is truly gorgeous. I am trying to finish mine this weekend so I can block. I love the colors and how it blossomed. I like your decrease idea. I may try that in the future. Thanks.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yowsers! That is lovely! The colors suit the pattern so well. Great decrease idea, I'm adding it to my knitting notebook. :)

9:49 AM  
Blogger Cynder said...

Thats beautiful! I love how the colors played out in your shaw.
The way you describe is my favorite way of doing double decreases (unless there are supposed to be matching left/right decreases)

10:25 AM  
Blogger Sereknitty said...

It is lovely, and I'm sure you'll eventually be able to use it comfortably.
Thank you for sharing the changes you made with regard to the centered double decrease.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

That is lovely! I was a bit skeptical of the yellow stripe while you were working on it. However, once the fabric is blocked the colours blend beautifully and it totally works.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

The shawl is absolutely beautiful!

12:53 PM  
Blogger sopranospinner said...

Beautiful shawl! I'm jealous as I would like to finish spinning up my laceweight merino/silk and knit something, but too many other things are ahead of it in line. Oh, well.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Thanks for the decreasing tip . It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful knitted lace looks once it is blocked. Just gorgeous!

8:49 PM  
Blogger handknit168 said...

oh!oh!oh!, it is very much perfect on this handdyed colour.

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

Very beautiful - and very inspiring that you used your handspun yarn. I am spinning yarn right now for the same thing. Thanks for sharing your modifications too!

3:39 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Gorgeous! Congratulations! Nice work on the spinning - I can't spin anything anywhere close to that fine!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I am going to show my daughter (who is past the armholes of a raglan of bulky for my niece) ... I have promised that I would spin her some of my purple for a shawl for herself in exchange for her knitting a working shawl for me.


7:27 AM  
Blogger Brandie said...

It's gorgeous!

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Jill Schaefer said...

How did you keep your colors in the same order like that when you plyed???

12:37 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

I love it!! it's very beautiful! i really like it up against the black background. you did a great job!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Micky said...

Very beautiful! Lace fever must be in the air. I just started the Peacock Feathers Shawl.

8:33 PM  

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