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KnitBeg 07-09-2013 01:40 PM

WIP - The Summertime Shawl
I so like the pattern of this shawl! I definitely want to make it. So I looked at my leftover yarn and I've got just the ball of wool for this. Or well, I don't know whether it is wool :?? It is a leftover from a long long time ago... So I have no clue what penns to use.

I made some gauges, but I'm still not sure.

From small size to larger size:
S) Bottom right, pink thread
M) Top right, on penn
L) Middle left, with bow
I know... the differences are minor... They appear more alike in the picture than they are in reality though :eyes:

The thickest penn I know to be a size 4 1/2. The others I have no clue as I cannot find the measuringcard I have for these situations. I think they're 4 and 3 1/2 :shrug:

I'm leaning towards the middle possibility. The large one is too sloppy, the smallest one is very tidy but I am not sure a whole shawl like that is quite my style...

GrumpyGramma 07-09-2013 01:56 PM

I think you'll want to know what the fiber content of your yarn is so you'll know how to wash it after it's done.

You might work a few more repeats with the needles you think you prefer, whatever size they are, and see how the fabric feels and drapes. I like the neutral color for this pattern, it will be elegant and go with just about anything.

????? penns = needles ????? That seems contextually correct.

salmonmac 07-09-2013 06:07 PM

They all look pretty from the photos but you're the one who can feel the yarn and see if you like the finished texture. You can also stretch out the samples to see what they would look like after you block. That'll make a difference especially with a wool yarn.
It is a beautiful pattern.

KnitBeg 07-10-2013 07:18 AM

Thank you for the reference to the 'burn test' - I'll try that later when I have the patience to do it properly (and cleaned the sink from dirty dishes :blush:).

And yes, needles :wall: I'm mixing languages to my own Esperanto which isn't understandable anymore :rofl: Thank you for pointing that out, I'll try to burn it into my memory. Penn isn't even a word :doh:

I'll just start with the intermediate needles and see how it looks/feels. :cool:

KnitBeg 07-15-2013 01:57 PM

Well, this is how far I am now and I am almost out of yarn :pout:

I should have gone for the 2-repeats from the start, instead of 3. Oh well... I'll see what I can do with this length and if I really find myself never wearing it I can still unravel it and make a longer one with just 2 repeats of the pattern.
Or add a lighter colour and make a shawl in two colours. I've checked and a lighter beige goes really well with this :cool: I think that is what is going to happen eventually, but right now I just can not bring myself to unravel this and start over. :knitting:

I have done my share on frogging on this project. :frog:
1) I dropped a stitch and had to go back 7 rows
2) I suddenly had one stitch more :noway: So I went back to find out that I had picked up again one of the stitches I had knitted together in the previous row :doh:
3) I sometimes did knit the first stitch while you just have to slip that one on the needle to create a nicer edge - when I figured that out I sometimes went back - not always :mrgreen:
4) The row that is nearly all purls, except for the 2 border stitches went wrong too many times - I often forgot to switch from p to k for the last 2 stitches. This is what it looks like when you don't correct that:

Not too noticable from afar, but I know it is there ;)
5) I managed to mistake the WS of the work for the RS when I started knitting again after dinner - I had done about 12 rows before I realised I was wrong :wall: :eyes: :frog:

This was also the first project I actually took along with me. But when I put it in my bag I realised that my needles would probably ruin the bag with their sharp points. So I had to improvise - tissues and the sellotape they use on cardboard boxes is what I came up with. This is what it looked like:

It worked :yay:

My mother saw it, rolled her eyes and gave me this:

:mrgreen: I still think my solution was quite OK :cool: I might be inventive with some lip balm 'hats', elastic and left-over-yarn (cause I don't think I can drill holes in the lip balm covers). I'm not sure how, but I think I can make something which is more 'showable' than the sellotape solution. Then I can give this one back :wink:

KnittinGal 07-15-2013 05:05 PM

The shawl looks great so far! Keep up the good work.

If you don't feel like buying more yarn to make it longer, you could simply use it as a scarf. I think that either way you use it, the shawl will look very nice.

Happy knitting!

DavidSydney63 07-16-2013 07:25 AM

I love that!! Such a fetching design! Well done.

KnitBeg 07-16-2013 11:09 AM

A scarf it is.

The full length of it is 64 cm... Not that much, but as you can see it is just enough to wear around the neck. I thought about buttons to fasten it like this, but I think I'll just wear a jacket over it and let that secure the scarf in place. Right now it is summer, so I'll have to wait another 4 or 5 months to see how that works in the long run ;)

GrumpyGramma 07-16-2013 11:14 AM


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