View Full Version : Big shawl project-need advice, please!

10-29-2006, 09:43 AM
I am going to be making a large rectangular shawl with a pom pom fringe on the short ends for a Christmas gift. The pattern is rib stitch. I want to buy a great yarn (solid color? not sure?) but I want something that is soft, warm and won't pill or look yucky after a few wearings and is fairly easy to work with-- I am an advanced beginner. Any suggestions appreciated.
Nutter :??

10-30-2006, 09:01 AM
Plymouth Encore. I used one of the varegated for a Feather and Fan scarf and it was great. Color changes are subtle and contributed to the pattern rather than compromising it. It's soft, washable and warm.

10-30-2006, 10:53 AM
Thank you for the yard suggestion. The pattern calls for "bulky" weight (it's a British pattern)--Is Plymouth Encore thick enough?

Nutter :hug:

10-30-2006, 11:49 AM
There is a "chunky" version of Encore and Encolre Colorspun



Or else you could hold two strands of the worsted weight together.

11-01-2006, 08:25 PM
Dear YarnLady,
Thank you! My frined and I visited our LYS yesterday and, on the advice of the owner, I chose a Debbie Bliss casmerino aran (55% wool, 33% microfibre & 12% cashmere). I think the gauge may be 4.5 stitches to an inch instead of the recommended 4 but she said the gauge is not really impt for a wrap. Any thoughts?
Nutter xxx

11-02-2006, 01:09 PM
As far as gauge goes, you can try a larger needle to make the gauge. I am a little surprised though that the LYS suggested that yarn as I have heard several complaints about it not wearing well. I've also seen it said that it should be handwashed instead of machine wash to stay looking good. If you have any problems with it don't hesitate to take it up with the person who recommended the yarn. Here are the reviews of the yarn that are posted on Yarndex:


11-02-2006, 02:13 PM
I too am in the process of making a shawl for my g-ma for Christmas.

I'm using Homespun on Circ. needles. Its doing a wonderful subtle stripping as I go along I have noticed

The homespun is soft and I find it quite easy to work with.

11-03-2006, 11:10 PM
Thank you for the yarn feedback--who knew? i am going to call my LYS and ask to exchange it for something else :wall: :wall: . My class at a differnet LYS begins on Wed so I have to buy something before then. I can't take a chance on an inferior yarn when I want this to be a special project!
Also, the Homespun shawl is beautiful!

11-03-2006, 11:24 PM
The Cashmerino Aran is lovely to work with. I made a sweater out of it but haven't worn it enough to know how well it wears. If you decide to use it, though, I found that it got much bigger with blocking. Much. I ended up washing it in the washer and drying it to get it back to a wearable size, and it turned out ok, but still bigger than it's original size.