This was a wonderfully fast knit and it would have been even quicker if I hadn’t miscalculated. I completed 95% of the blue wing and part of the oyster wing before I realized I was going to run out of yarn about two inches shy of the points.(To see work in progress, go here.)
Yes, I could have done a work-around. Instead, I bit the bullet and ripped and restarted both wings. Such is the nature of knitting sometimes.
Pattern: Personal pattern
Yarn: Tern in Boothbay Blue and Oyster (Quince & Co.)
Yardage: 442 yards
Needles: US 7
Dimensions: 44 ins wide x 18 ins deep (unblocked); 60 ins wide x 22 ins deep (blocked)
Tern's mix of wool and silk is lovely to knit. It has a pleasing hand, plenty of wooly springiness and a subtle sheen. Equally important, it produces a versatile light weight fabric with a pleasing drape so this shawl will see lots of wear when cooler weather arrives.
The finished dimensions were determined partly by yardage and partly by the blocking method. The goal was to use up the yarn, so I knit until it was almost gone, bound off, wove in the ends, then lightly steamed it to relax the yarn and stitches.
Because it's worked in seed stitch, it's reversible and nearly identical on both sides. Size-wise, it's ideal for me: Large enough to wear as a small shawl but compact enough to wrap as a scarf this winter.
There are several fingering and lace weight skeins tucked in my stash. This concept might be just the ticket for transforming a motley assortment of odd balls into warm and wearable things, so it's likely another will soon be on the needles.
We all saw that coming, didn't we?
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