Saturday, January 7, 2012

Love Letter Larch Scarflette

I had a ridiculous case of Startitis over New Year's Weekend, casting on a total of three shawls.  Clapotis, Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl, and this Larch Scarflette.

I have almost exclusively knit on the latter all week long with some struggles along the way. The pattern for the Larch project can be found HERE.  The yarn I am using is fingering weight merino wool by Miss Babs (Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock and Baby Yarn) in a colorway called "Love Letters". The yarn is nice to work with and I like the colors. It's almost as if someone took creamy white yarn and dipped it in rich, dark red wine... Burgundy, Merlot, Shiraz... some parts of the yarn are darkly stained where as other parts just have a hint of color.  I think it's knitting up nicely in the garter stitch body of the shawl. This yarn was also a gift from my good friend, Kerri. Thank you, Kerri!  I love it!

The lace border at the edge of the shawl looks very straight forward but I goofed up.  As with all charts in knitting, you read the chart from from right to left.  I took that literally so when I got to the center stitch on the left hand side of the chart, I started over on the right hand side of the chart so both the right and left hand side of the shawl were identical. I made it all the way through the 24 rows of the lace chart before I realized the error of my ways.  What I should have done was knit following the chart from right to left to the center stitch and THEN knit the chart from left to right so that the two halves of the shawl are MIRROR images of one another.  Now I get it. I ripped back the 23 or 24 rows today and am now on the right track!  A few days of wasted knitting but I learned from my mistake.


Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

THREE shawls at once? Oh my, you are a braver woman than I. I'm still knitting the Sothia shawl and the ruffled edge is now around 700plus stitches and counting. I know I won't want to see a shawl for awhile when this one is done! Good luck with your three!

Jennie said...

I love the yarn you picked for this shawl... beautiful!