Friday, September 22, 2006

Swallowtail shawl

Swallowtail shawl
Originally uploaded by Sophie_vf.
Pattern: Swallowtail shawl by Evelyn Clark, Interweave Knits, Fall 06
Yarn: Knitpicks Shimmer in Turquoise Splendor, 1 hank
Needles: size 4 Boye Needlemaster

Modifications: due to utterly effed up math, knit four extra bud lace repeats, one extra stockinette row before lily-of-the-valley chart 1, and fudged like crazy during peaked edging. Also, ran out of yarn and ended chart early, then knit final rows, bo on purl side.

This is actually my second attempt at this shawl, in a sense. I had earlier knit it up in Sea Silk, but wasn't happy with the way the colour variegation was working (or not) with the pattern. I had it knit all the way to the peaked edging before I ripped it, with no regrets because it was such an enjoyable pattern to knit.

This time around, I didn't enjoy it quite so much, not because of the pattern but because of the yarn. It was a hot August and the alpaca in the Shimmer made my hands sweat, the yarn stuck, and it just generally bugged me. I could only work on it either with the fan blowing right at me, or if it cooled down enough in the evening. However, the Shimmer did make a lovely, light, drapey fabric, so I'm feeling friendlier towards it. I guess this probably was knit sporadically over three weeks.

Swallowtail, more than shoulder size

Yikes, overexpose much? But it does show the size, which is quite a bit more than the magazine size. About 31 down to the tail and 54 inches along the top edge.


Jeanne said...

Beautiful! I bet knitting alpaca in August was a drag, but it really turned out so nice!

Opal said...

Oh how gorgeous! I love it!

Veronique said...

Wow, your shawl came out nice and big! It looks lovely even though you had so many problems with it. No one could ever tell...
(If you had knit just one more repeat of the Budding Lace chart, the math would've been perfect!).

WandaWoman said...

I saw the link to your shawl from the Mystery Shawl KAL and it is beautiful.

Sophie_vf said...

Thank you for your kind comments!