Friday, August 13, 2010

FO - Dusky Pink Handspun Shetland Triangle

Dusky Pink Handspun Shetland Triangle Shawl

Pattern: Shetland Triangle Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Handspun Handcarded Batts - 80/20 Merino Wool/Mulberry Silk - Light Fingering

My sister, who's always finding fantastic patterns for me to knit, recommended this one to me and I love it - it’s so much simpler to knit than you would think by the beautiful lace it creates. After I’d knitted a dozen or so rows I no longer needed to refer to the chart and could knit through all manner of distractions without errors, yet there was enough going on that it never became a bore.
Would definitely recommend it to anyone just starting lace knitting or in need of a lace pattern that’s mentally bomb proof. :)

I worked 14 repeats of the body chart and ended up with a shawl that blocked to about 64 inches wide and 32 inches long, which for me is a very wearable size.

For the yarn I carded together several shades of 21 micron merino wool and white mulberry silk in an 80/20 blend, passing it through the carder several times to create an almost homogeneous blend with only subtle striping, and spun it into a two-ply, light-fingering-bordering-on-laceweight yarn.

I love the colour of this. It’s a really soft, dusky pink and the subtle striping gives it that lovely handspun feel. And adding 20% silk to a blend just lends a beautiful drape to the merino that works so well with shawls.

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