Yesterday, I finished knitting my first ever shawl. I love it!
I had never knitted shawl before thinking that they would not be practical for my wardrobe and that they were generally knit with 'skinny' yarn that is hard on my hands. I was wrong on both counts.
This is the Miami Vice shawl. I knit is as part of Katie and Erik's Void Shawl KAL. Sadly, I couldn't knit the Void Shawl as the twisted stitches and knit fbf increases were too hard on my hands.
Miami Vice calls for either fingering or worsted weight yarn but I chose to use a sport weight yarn from my stash. This is Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes Sport in Red. This had been in my stash for ages and I had originally bought it to knit Pomegranate. Sadly, I have developed a sensitivity to wool of late and a pullover knit with this will most likely never get worn. Shawls, however, are a layering piece and have minimal direct contact with my skin. I count that as winning!
I followed the instructions for worsted weight yarn and added an extra increase row and lace repeat to get the size I wanted. I also chose to bind off after an increase round as I liked the more solid look of the edging.
There are mistakes in the lace but my perfectionist self actually doesn't mind this time. I wanted the experience of knitting a shawl to see if I like it, as well as to have practice accepting minor mistakes now and then. I'm pretty hard on myself when it comes to crafting perfection.
I knit this Continental style and I found the weight of all the stitches and fabric easy to work with. I used a 4.5 mm circular needle as that's what felt best in my hands. I played a mean game of yarn chicken during the bind off and managed to win by a 4" tail! Whew! All told, I used 5 balls of yarn. I love the impact of the simple lace pattern and rufflely edge. I plan on bringing this piece with me when I visit England next year (cannot wait!!).
I knit this over a 3 week period, mostly whilst I was watching BBC's The Musketeer's final season. I've named the shawl Sylvie after a very strong female character who I really enjoyed. I won't post spoilers here just in case you haven't seen it all yet. Trust me, though, watch it. If you've never seen the series, seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix. Tom Burke is magnificent as Athos. I would happily pay good money to have access to BBC's iPlayer. *sigh*
What's on your needles?