Tuesday 20 July 2010

Another Shawl Bites the Dust!

Do you remember the very pretty new yarn from Eskimimi? Well now it's a shawl!

This is the first time I've made a raglan shawl. Basically its made up of 4 triangles instead of the standard two so that it forms a square with a gap in it.

I really like this style of shawl as it sits on the shoulders without bunching up on the back of the neck and also sits nicely without falling off.

You can also tie a knot at the front without disrupting the lines of the shawl.

The pattern I used was Vixen and it was an incredibly fast and easy knit. This would be a great shawl to start lace knitting with. I KNOW I will make this pattern again as I think it forms a lovely shape that will be very wearable during the Summer months, or with a strappy dress. Plus, as it is a quick knit, it would make a great last minute gift.

I love how the stitch definition shows up with this yarn.

I think blocking doubled the size of this little shawl. And once again using blocking wires made the whole blocking process straight forward.

Blocking using wires, ensures that the stitches are pulled in a uniform way. It keeps all straight rows straight, and lines up the eyelets beautifully. If you haven't tried blocking wires for shawls, you are missing a treat.

I am really enjoying knitting shawls at the moment, but the 4-ply versions are being knit far too quickly. So I have finally graduated to trying one in a lace weight. I have cast on a shawl using yarn bought at the Ravelry Day last year. I'll tell you all about it when I have more to show. In the mean time I am going to contemplate who is going to be the lucky recipient of this recently completed shawl. I really want to keep it, but a girl can really only use so many shawls......


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