This was my project to take to Easton Mountain for vacation. I started it before leaving town to get the pattern repeat established; I figured once that was set, it would be pretty mindless knitting. It turned out to be a great travel knitting, as the pattern repeat is only 10 stitches, and all the excitement (the YO/decrease pairing that creates the lace pattern and the YOs that shape the garment) is on odd-numbered rows; even-numbered rows are worked as “purl even”. Great to work on in the car, while waiting for programs to start, and chatting with people. Experienced lace knitters will have no problems with it; novice lace knitters will need a bit of guidance. Still, it’s well within the skill range of most knitters, and would be a good project for lace knitters who want to tackle something larger than a scarf.
The pattern is by Evelyn Clark for Fibertrends: one of several she’s done that start with a 2-stitch provisional cast-on at centre neck-back. Several of the guys at Easton Mountain asked what I was making, and perhaps thought me nuts as held up the grey amorphous mass --all bunched up on the circular needle-- and explained that it would be a triangular shawl. Undressed lace, as we know, looks like...um…an amorphous mass.
Since this is a shop sample for Lindenhof Wool Mill, I followed (mostly) the instructions for size large. My gauge was slightly tighter than that stated in the pattern, because I didn’t like the more open fabric resulting from that stated gauge. (In retrospect, I think it would have been fine, but based on the sample swatch…well, you know how it goes.) So the finished shawl is a bit smaller than the dimension in the instructions. Still a good size, I think.
Lindenhof has spun a nice 2-ply yarn that I thought would look great in this pattern. It has the silky feel of good alpaca with some wool for body. Handles beautifully. I broke into the 3rd skein to finish the last row and work the cast-off. If you were going to work the size large at stated gauge, you’d definitely need the full 3rd skein. (And I’d get a 4th skein, just in case.)
Pictures taken outside the mill on a breezy, bright sunny day. (Let’s call them “a study in neutrals”.)
Pattern: Flowerbasket Shawl from Fibertrends, available lots of places. Ask at your LYS first.
Yarn: 2anabit skeins of Lindenhoff Wool Mill’s 2/1 alpaca/sheep (260 yards /skein, about 100grams)
Read the post above, though, for info about gauge, yarn amounts and finished shawl size.
In Other News
If you have the book "Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them: 30 Great-Looking Designs for Man & His Best Friend", that's me quoted on page 105. I was in a bookstore earlier this week on the way back from Easton Mountain, and hunted through all the knitting books. (Didn't see Nancy Bush's book on Estonian knitting, which I was really looking for.) Nearly fell over when I saw the quote there: I'd forgotten that I'd responded to Drew's request for autobios from male knitters.