12.19.2013

Citron Shawl, Done for the Holidays & some Knitty patterns that are trending for some quick knits

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This is my Citron Shawl, done! I have been working on it for a long time. But had I knitted this all at once, it wouldn’t have taken too long. Love this easy, swingy pattern. Thanks Knitty! Free pattern here made by Hilary Callis.

Knitty is a great online knitting and spinning magazine. Plenty of great articles and free patterns. This Winter Knitty 13 has a wonderful article about Ethnic Knitting Adventures by Donna Druchunas, it is about Designing A Norwegian Ski Sweater. Check it out, along with the other features they have.

The pattern is a  semi circular shawl/cap (depending on the size yarn used and the length you knit it), It is all in stockinette stitch, with increases and decreases to form the gather/ruffle areas. Easy knitting, good for beginning knitter. Great item to watch TV, movies, or anything that you want to be on auto pilot.

I was worried about the bind off, as I tend to bind off tightly. This pattern had so many stitches and they were at the full point of the last ruffle, so I needed to find a loose one. A Ravelry knitter who had knitted it suggested the Russian Bind off and included a video in her message. Video to Russian Bind off. It worked nicely and the shawl ended up with good movement.

Yarn used: I made this with some yarn I bought while visiting my Dad when he had a surgery. From JoAnns, it is Patons Lace, and I would highly recommend it (gauge 4 inches = 26 sts on size 4 needles, and 498 yards/455 meters), so much that I have bought 4 other colors and found it with a sequin added in it. I love the super long color changes, it allows for a striking repeat in this pattern, it also comes in solids. The yarn is a good mix of acrylic 80%, wool 10%, and mohair 10%. It is so soft and light to work with. As a bonus easy to care for. When finished I was pleasantly surprised at how it blocked up, and the movement, it was light as air and with the 10% mohair, it has a beautiful halo.

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I made this with some yarn I bought while visiting my Dad when he had a surgery. From JoAnns, it is Patons Lace, and I would highly recommend it, so much that I have bought 4 other colors and found it with a sequin added in it. I love the super long color changes, it allows for a striking repeat in this pattern. The yarn is a good mix of acrylic and wool with a soft halo to it. It is so soft and light to work with. As a bonus easy to care for.

It was a gift to a girl friend going through some  hard times, when knitting for a non knitter I like to use a super wash wool, or one with some acrylic in it. I’ve found several excellent ones now that are 100% acrylic that I’m in love with. (More on that in a later post)

Yay, now on to my Boneyard shawl, and I’m in the process of making a quilt.

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Hope your enjoying your knitting!

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A selection of Knitty patterns:


Diversify cowl by Andrea Rangel-good for any gauge yarn, and it looks like a quick knit
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Nymphalidea by Melinda VerMeer-A beautiful airy, butterfly like shawl/scarf

Commuter by Stephanie Sun- Fun fingerless mitts with an added bonus!

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Mandelbrot by Alexandra Tinsley- fast to knit up, good way to use up some handspun, I think I’m going to cast on this one, I may leave the pompom off.

3 comments:

Paula, the quilter said...

That's a good thing to know about the Paton's lace yarn. I am always looking for a yarn with long color changes. Your shawl is a lovely thing to behold.

Loree Jackson said...

Beautiful shawl! I really liked the article about ethnic knitting in Knitty. I'm doing a Finnish ski belt pattern on the inkle loom now, and the diamond motifs are the same as the ones in the Norwegian sweaters.

Walden said...

The Citron is beautiful!!