Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Swallowtail Shawl

I finished the Swallowtail Shawl from Interweave Knits Fall 2006. I very much enjoyed knitting this shawl even though the nupps were hard on my hands. If I make this again I plan to use a very small wooden or bamboo needle to purl the nupps together. My working needle tended to push the stitches rather than enter them even after I loosened them.

I had never knit with this yarn before but I certainly will again. It isn't labeled merino but it is incredibly soft and was very easy to work with. I did not make the shawl larger because the store only had one ball of yarn in this color but next time I will make it larger. Even though it is a few inches wider and longer than the size specified in the pattern, it is too small for me. The red spot in the picture is not part of the shawl; it is the red tile roof of our garage. My camera phone utterly failed to capture the glorious colors.

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl from Interweave Knits Fall 2006, now available as a pdf from Evelyn Clark Designs.
Yarn: Kaalund Yarns "Classic Two" 100% wool 50 g. approx 356 m. "water lily," a handpainted yarn from Australia. The colors are purples, greens, and blues with a touch of pink. The linked page doesn't display the color properly; it is much prettier than the swatch shown. I used one 50 g. ball and had 6.1 g left over.
Purchased at: Wildfiber
Needles: Inox grey 16" size 5 (3.75 mm)
Finished Size: 52" across top, 26" top to bottom tip
Began: 8/1/06
Completed: 8/24/06
Notes: I changed all the double decreases on the left side to right slanting decreases so they would mirror the left slanting decreases on the right side.

I couldn't get my other photos to load. Later I'll publish some close up shots.

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