12/10/2014 § 7 Comments
Those yarncakes that I wound a few weeks ago on our return from west Wales couldn’t wait to be cast onto my needles. Many a happy evening have I knitted along and I’m thrilled with my Shetland wool shawl, from a flock of sheep near Newcastle Emlyn.
I made the shawl especially to be worn over my favourite vintage wool coat made from Welsh tapestry (I have several of these coats) and I love them all. This one though is the longest and comes right down to my knees. I’m hoping that the weather at the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market will be crisp – and dry! I know I’m going to need to layer up to keep warm through the long days in my log cabin and there’s nothing like layers of wool to keep out the cold.
This morning I found the perfect clasp – a vintage belt buckle that after a few adjustments is perfect. The stones pick up the colours of the coat and I love the filigree effect on the textured wool.
I didn’t use a pattern for my shawl but did find a tutorial online that I can’t for the life of me find now, but it involved casting on 2 stitches, knitting 6 rows and then doing something complicated that ended up with 7 stitches. Anyway, off I went increasing in the middle and at either end, adding in a row of k1, psso for a bit of interest every so often before I found another stitch that I think is called Textured Stocking Stitch. It’s SO easy. Every knit row simply s1 purlwise, k1, yo needle then psso. It creates a lovely long textured stitch pattern and it’s easy to work out how to keep the pattern in line as the stitches seem to fall into pairs ready for the next knit row to be worked (if you see what I mean). Every other row is purled.
The original triangular shawl didn’t ‘do it’ for me so I added in a garter stitch collar to match the border, and worked a wide panel on one side (no pattern, it just sort of happened this way), but I love the shaped effect, creating a shoulder. I always wanted to wear it with the centre point off-centre at the back and this does the trick.
I’m not an expert knitter but love making up textures and seeing something that I have in my head taking shape on my needles.
What do you think? I’m going to pop over to Handmade Monday where I used to be a regular visitor so I’m off to see what everyone’s been making and I’m in for one bit catch-up!