Shawls, Shawls, Shawls

First off, I present you with the finished Revontuli.
A beautiful shawl, horizontal cut
I am delighted with this piece and expect to get a lot of use out of it.

I knit it in Kauni on U.S. 9 needles. This yarn blooms a good bit during blocking, so the needle size, while seeming somewhat large as I worked, was just right.
Revuntuli detail
If you look closely here, you’ll be able to see the one change I made to the pattern. At the top center (the bright apple green), I am working the double decreases as written: Sl1, K2tog, PSSO. This results in a leaf-like or woven-looking decrease A bit further down (the gold-green), I changed to my favorite double decrease: Slip 2 together, K1, Pass Slipped Stitches Over Together. This decrease gives a raised vertical stitch, with a straighter, more architectural look.

When I was a kid and my mother sewed clothes for us, she used to say that she really felt she’d gotten her money’s worth if she used a pattern twice. In that spirit (though money’s not an issue, as this was a free pattern), I’m knitting a second Revontuli in Noro Silver Thaw (on sale now at Little Knits!).
Revuntuli now in purple!
Because this is a heavier yarn, I used U.S. 10.5 needles and I knit 9 fewer rows than the chart calls for, which allows me to end with a set of eyelets, followed by a K row and the bind off as in the original. This version is done now except for that bind off—and my fingers are itching for the moment when I can leave work to head home and get it done.

I’m also done knitting the Wanda’s Flowers Shawl from Wrapped in Comfort, though I haven’t blocked it yet. (Melissa takes great delight in doing little cheerleader moves while chanting “Block that shawl! Block that shawl!”)
Leafy shawl detail
The colors are a bit washed out in this shot, so imagine rich forest hues as you look at the photo.

The leafy lace pattern goes perfectly with the Malabrigo.
Leafy shawl detail, with bench
I modified the pattern slightly, beginning a few rows in for a wider neck band and moving up several needle sizes to suit the yarn. I’ll write those changes up and post them soon with a picture of the blocked shawl.

Meanwhile, I am itching to try another shawl from Wrapped in Comfort.

I’m also thinking about using my Malabrigo in the Bergamota colorway to make this shawl. And I love this shrug (though I don’t know if I love it enough to justify buying a $15 pattern book). Yum!

November 28 2007 09:00 am | Uncategorized

13 Responses to “Shawls, Shawls, Shawls”

  1. AnneM on 28 Nov 2007 at 11:36 am #

    wow, It looks great!! Can I link to this post?

  2. mel on 28 Nov 2007 at 12:55 pm #

    I’m here via your link to my site (thank you!) and wanted to stop by and say hello! So happy to have found your blog, you have some great things going on.

    What gorgeous shawls – I particularly like the green/yellow Kauni – excellent!!

  3. thea on 28 Nov 2007 at 4:01 pm #

    all three are gorgeous! I love the colors and the patterns – gotta love lace on the big needles – especially when you’re soo busy at school, who can focus on the small ones???

  4. Jo on 28 Nov 2007 at 4:51 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Congratulations Sarah-Hope.

  5. Tammy on 28 Nov 2007 at 6:22 pm #

    Pretty, pretty, pretty!

  6. clarabelle on 28 Nov 2007 at 11:29 pm #

    Wow, you’ve been busy – such beautiful shawls! I like them all, but the Revontuli is particularly striking in the Kauni. The photoshoot location looks impressive too!

  7. Lin on 28 Nov 2007 at 11:37 pm #

    Oh, they are just gorgeous, especially the first one in the greens. You willl get loads of compliments wearing them!

  8. errs on 30 Nov 2007 at 9:06 pm #

    Gorgeous shawls. I’m soooo impressed. Eventually I’ll finish the one I’m working on…

  9. hakucho on 01 Dec 2007 at 7:00 am #

    Your shawls are gorgeous!

  10. xtina on 03 Dec 2007 at 8:43 am #

    holy mackeral, that shawl in the Kauni is spectacular! Next time I see you, bring it – I want to touch it! So so so pretty….

  11. Alison Hyde on 14 Jan 2008 at 8:22 pm #

    That’s absolutely gorgeous! Well done!

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  13. Samantha on 22 Feb 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    Oh help! I’ve found your amazing shawls while searching for Noro’s Silver Thaw. Could you please please help me by explaining what the 9 fewer rows you did in the charts and where should I omit them? I would love to make my own shawl :)

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