I made the mistake of asking the lovely Ben what to title this blog post – I don’t think he was feeling particularly inspired this morning.
“Green Thing”, was his instant answer.
“That doesn’t really conjurer up a beautiful, lace shawl does it?”, I said.
“Here is a beautiful lace shawl wot I made and some pictures of it. I hope you like it but no pressure and stuff.” He smirked. “Is that better?”
My top tip for knit-bloggers is “Don’t ask you husband for blogging advice when he is half awake, hasn’t finished his coffee and has his nose in a board games forum online”
Sorry Readers, I can hear you thinking, “Green shawl? Enough of Ben’s silliness, tell us more about that shawl!”
In April, I went on a Yarncrawl with several friends from Woolly Women (the knitting group run by Rowan at John Lewis in Bluewater). We had a great day out visiting London yarn shops and spent a huge amount of time and money at Loop in Islington. Loop carry some fabulous unusual yarns. I need more yarn like a hole in the head but when I saw this yarn I could not resist…
It’s Alice DK by Juno…
I think it was partly because the colour matched my coat! (And matched half my wardrobe as I love this chartreuse green)
I have a (shop bought!) wrap this colour that I wear with my coat but it is very big and bulky – I end up looking like I’m smuggling a small cat down the front of my outfit – not a good look.
So I snapped up 2 skeins of this fabulous yarn intending to make a cowl (Yes I do seem to have gone a bit “cowl-crazy”)
I searched every cowl pattern on Ravelry and couldn’t find the right thing until I found the Emanuela Crescent shawl pattern that take exactly one skein of a similar yarn.
This was the pattern pic that did it for me – I could just see this under my coat 🙂
It’s not a cowl but It will fill the neck of my coat perfectly.
So do you want to see my version?
Here you are..
This was a deceptively easy knit and a really well written pattern – some stocking stitch , increases at the end of every row, some lace (charted and written instructions) and a pretty and very simply crochet picot cast off. And did it use one skein? Yes! Exactly one skein -with about 2 meters left over. I was holding my breath doing the cast off 😉
Here’s a closer look..
Hmmm – doesn’t show the whole thing very well does it?
To get that effect, I did have to block the shawl. I’m not a shawl expert and definitely not an authority on blocking so I’m not sure if I did this right.
Swooshed in cool water, squeezed gently then rolled tightly in a clean towel until just damp. I used then blocking set I bought for my Modern Quilt Wrap and pinned it out on the sofabed in the knit room (the mattress/seat is memory foam – really good for blocking!
This is how it looked…
And a close up of the lace edge and each picot, carefully pinned out.
There was one mishap – as I stretched out the shawl – ping! I’d obviously split the yarn and mis-knit a stitch – it pung (is that the past tense of ping? ) undone.
Some patience, some swearing, three crochet hooks and a carefully concealed knot of one ply of the yarn managed to repair the damage.
So the only thing I haven’t shown you is how it looks with the coat 😀
What to do now with that second skein?? Too expensive to just “stash” – I may ask Loop to change it for another colour and knit another one of these!
|Completed Knit Report|
|Name:||Emanuela – The Green Thing|
|Pattern:||Emanuela by Paulina Popiolek|
|Yarn:||Alice DK by Juno in Chartreuse|
|Washing and Wearing:||Wonderful to wear – this could be kinda shawl for me.|
|Knit It Again???:||Most certainly “Yes”|
|Difficulty:||Medium – nothing hard but lots of different techniques like short rows, lace etc.|
|Other Postings Relating To This One:||None|