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Aug 24, 2014

FO | Dojeling Oyster Bay Shawl

I’m delighted to report the Oyster Bay shawl is finished.

This was a wonderfully fast knit, and Tern's mix of wool and silk was lovely to work with. It has a pleasing hand, plenty of woolly springiness and a subtle sheen. Equally important, it produced a pretty fabric with a pleasing drape so this shawl will see even more use when cooler weather arrives.

It's already seeing action on chilly mornings and evenings, and it's been very easy to wear. The mitered seed fabric is lighter, less bulky and more refined than garter, and because it's reversible there's no need to fuss with right or wrong sides. (In other words, I throw it on and I'm ready for the day.)

Dojeling Oyster Bay
Yarn: Tern in Boothbay Blue and Oyster (Quince & Co.)
Yardage: 442 yards
Weight: Fingering
Needles: US 7
Size M: 60 ins wide x 22 ins deep (blocked)


This mid-range size is proving to be quite versatile: It's large enough to drape like a shawl, but compact enough to scrunch and wrap like an oversized cowl or kerchief. Yardage and blocking methods determined the finished dimensions. 

Since my goal was to use all the yarn, I knit until it was almost gone, bound off, wove in the ends, then blocked the shawl lightly but not aggressively. Later if I want it larger, it will be easy to just block it more assertively.



As quickly as this came together, it would have been even quicker if I hadn’t miscalculated. In my zeal to use every inch of this yarn, I managed to complete most of the blue wing and part of the oyster wing before it became clear the yarn would run out 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 reworked both wings. What can I say? Obsessing about details is an integral part of the design process.

There are more than a few fingering and lace weight skeins tucked in the stash. Dojeling might be just the ticket for transforming assorted orphans and odd balls into warm and wearable things, so I suspect another will soon be on the needles.

But you saw that coming, didn't you?


UPDATE
The Dojeling shawl pattern has been released:


13 comments:

  1. Hello! Your photos are always so beautiful, I am looking forward to seeing the finished photo of this shawl. Also, your lovely afghans are inspiring me to start working alternating colors (especially the fluted rib patterns). What method of switching colors do you use? Do you leave the yarn attached and carry it up the side? Or do you cut and reattach for each row? I'm curious, especially seeing how many strips you made for the fluted rib afghan (all with alternating colors)!

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    1. How wonderful to know you're enjoying the blog and finding the designs inspiring. Thank you for sharing that.

      Typically I carry the yarn up the side which for me gives a cleaner look and minimizes the number of ends that need to be woven in during the finishing stage.

      Best of luck with your knitting, it sounds lovely.

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  2. It looks beautiful! I really enjoy the muted colours that you are so often using in your knitting.

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  3. Love this pattern and how you blend the colors- beautiful shawl.

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  4. A stunning shawl and I love the colours you've used- just my palette!

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  5. This came out really beautiful - so clean and understated, just lovely!

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  6. Your shawl is beautiful, there is nothing not nice:) Great result!

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  7. Really like the muted colours you've chosen for this shawl, very stylish!

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  8. I love how your shawl turned out. I bet it looks sassy on, especially worn as a cowl.

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  9. Morning!

    Beautiful shawl! Do you offer your shawl pattern for sale? I love the idea that the finished piece looks great on both sides!

    Thank You,

    Dona

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  10. Good morning, Dona, I'm so glad you like this shawl. The pattern is in development and it should be ready to release soon. In fact, I'm working on another one using different yarns. Click my name above and it should take you straight to this post: WIP | Warning Signs.

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Thanks for sharing your comments and insights, I enjoy each and every one. If you have questions, share those too, and I'll do my best to respond.
-b

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