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Thursday, July 16, 2009

My First Round Shawl

I have knit triangle shaped shawls, I have knit rectangular stoles (even been known to design a few), but I've never knit a round shawl although I have plenty of patterns for them. Yesterday I cast on for the Cherry Blossom Shawl that was in the Spring 2002 Interweave Knits. (The pattern is now available by itself because the IK issue is out of print - here's a link to the Ravelry group for the Cherry Blossom Shawl KAL and there's information there about purchasing it.)

I will admit the first couple of rounds were a bit floppy and tricky to work, but I grabbed a throw pillow and kept my work on that and used it to turn the shawl as I went. That made things easier than working with 6 stitches hanging onto three DPN's in mohair laceweight in mid-air. It's a little bit bigger now, I have just under 100 stitches and it looks like a fuzzy jelly fish. I'm loving the yarn I'm using too (and not just because of the pale pink color, which would be reason enough for me to love it) - it's the ShibuiKnits Silk Cloud in the Blossom color. It's similar to Rowan's infamous Kid Silk Haze with the silk core surrounded by a blur of kid mohair, but the ShibuiKnits is slightly finer than KSH. (Just in case anyone is looking for a yarn slightly heavier than KSH, Blue Moon Fiber Arts has Silkmo.)

I'm just getting started on this shawl, but it's a nice and simple project so if you've never made a round shawl and are feeling a bit intimidated, this is easy enough that it's not a scarey project.



Blogger Teri said...

Hi Melanie,
I made my first round shawl a couple of months ago. The best part is when you get to the point that you can throw your working yarn into the "bag" the shawl makes as it get's bigger. Have fun!

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At this stage it is more a "cotton candy shawl" than a cherry blossom shawl. Won't it be fun to see it come out of its "cocoon" when you block it?

1:56 PM  
Blogger Rudee said...

The yarn is so delicate looking. I'm sure it'll be beautiful. So, is this pattern charted?

7:44 AM  

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