Friday 14 January 2011

FO: Annis Shawl

I got my Annis shawl off the blocking boards yesterday.  I do love how wetting and stretching knitted fabric can transform this:

Into this:

Doesn't it drape beautifully?  I really love Malabrigo yarn and this laceweight yarn is stunning.  I have tried on the shawlette and I like it a lot.

However, I do have lots of this kind of scarf/shawl type thing, so I have decided to be good and put it into my 2011 gift stash.  I do have someone sort of in mind for this item, so I know it will go to a good home.

As you can see from this photo, the nupps didn't really work very well on this pattern.  I think I might not have blocked it in the most effective way.  I won't write nupps off completely, based on how this one item looks, but I will be more inclined to replace them with beads in future.

Over all, this project was quick and quite simple (if you exclude the nupps) and the yarn was wonderful.  I would knit the Annis pattern again, but maybe I'd go up a needle size.  I had lots of yarn left, and I don't think the shawl is as big as it should have been.  Basically I was lazy and didn't swatch.  If the gauge had been correct then I think it would have been more of a shawlette, than a scarf.

So another lesson rammed home - practice what you preach CC, SWATCH, SWATCH, SWATCH!!!!

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