Shawls Archives

February 4, 2007

Cabled Shawl


It's my first clothing item that isn't either a rectangle or a sock! I worked on this pretty much exclusively (which is pretty rare, I'm usually doing multiple projects at once) for the first couple weeks of December.

I started with the basic construction of a Stahman Faroese shawl, but instead of lace I stuck cables all over it. The neck band is a simple little 4 stitch wide cable, then that follows all the way down both sides and eventually across the bottom of the finished shawl. There were a couple stitches worth of reverse stockinette on either side of the cable, the "outside" side was whipstitched down so the rope is the very outside edge of the finished product.

A little futzing in Excel and I came up with a chart for the dimensions and where the increases would go, and then I sketched cables. Lots and lots of cables. That part was incredibly fun, something about figuring out how to get them to fit where I wanted really appealed to my geeky little self. Once I had that all figured out I just followed the chart that I made. I did the chart backwards on one of the sides so that the cables mirror each other from the right to the left.

When I was starting this I decided to figure out the "cabling without a cable needle" thing. I am very glad that I did! That made this go a lot faster. I also completely fell in love with cables while knitting this. I like the way they look, I like knitting them, I like figuring them out and creating them from knotwork... they just plain old make me happy!

I used Cascade 220 in colorway #9456 which is a pretty heathery blue, and a size 8 circular needle. This used about 5 and a half skeins.


December 12, 2007

Peacock Feathers Shawl


Wooo! Finished lace shawl!

This is by far the most complicated thing I've made. Not the largest, the insane Dr. Who scarf would be the largest, but that thing is just garter stitch so not complicated at all. I'm really happy with how it turned out. And it's nice to know that I can do lace. It requires a lot more out of me than most other knitting, but with a little extra concentration I can do it.

This was my mom's Christmas present. I told her she is not to expect anything like this every year! It took me more than three months of continuous effort and that's something that's hard for me. I do better if I can switch around a lot, so deadline knitting and I don't really get along very well.

The yarn is lovely. It's smooth and has a kind of shine to it (I think that's the silk?). I'm not sure how much of it I used since I forgot to weigh the finished shawl (which would at least give me an approximation) but the pattern says it's 1260 yards so I'm sure it was something around that. I still have a ton left on the cone.

The pattern is wonderful. I showed a picture of the finished shawl to someone at work and the first thing they said was "it looks like peacock feathers". Which it does!

And here's a bunch more pictures:

The Stats...
Needles: 4's (3.5mm)
Yarn: JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool/Silk - colorway: Iris
Pattern: Peacock Feathers Shawl
Sizing: 79" x 42"
SPI: not sure, I forgot to measure
Started: 8-30-2007

December 2, 2009



I got excited and made something! Or more accurately, I got excited and finished something.

It's my very first pattern!

I made a similar shawl about three years ago and decided to make another one. But this time I kept track of what I did so I could write it up in a way people that aren't me can understand (hopefully).


This is a top-down Faroese shawl with lots of cables. It is a chart only pattern because written cable instructions confuse me so trying to write one that way just seemed like a really bad idea.

The pattern is available two different ways...
Zip file here which has the pattern itself along with three very large jpgs which are the charts.
PDF file here which has the whole thing as one file.

As mentioned, this is my first pattern so if anything is screwy or if you have any helpful hints please let me know. (Sunidesus (at) gmail (dot) com)


The Stats...
Needles: 8's (5mm)
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca - colorway #6236 - 8 skeins
Pattern: Glimfeather
Sizing: approx 28" by 102"
SPI: 4
Started: 02-07-2009
Finished: 11-30-2009

April 6, 2010

Diamond Shawl


This shawl was created because I needed something to fill the role of a light spring/fall jacket. Plus, I really like cables and the shape I chose for this let me use all kinds of 'em!


I started working on the design before I chose the yarn. My original intention was to use something in a sport weight, and I designed it with that gauge in mind. But when it came time to buy yarn I ended up falling in love with a fingering weight yarn which turned out to be a light fingering when it arrived. So a number of rows had to be added to the bottom to make it as long as I wanted.

The sides easily cover my wrists, and the two front points hang down almost to my knees. It's supposed to replace a jacket so I wanted it to be large. That also means that it is a LOT of fabric with skinny yarn on tiny needles. It was quite a bit of work.


However, it is wonderful and I love it. It's warm and cozy and does exactly what I wanted.


I worked on this for multiple hours a day for three months. I ended up calling it my "Shawl of Insanity" when I was talking to people about it simply because it was such a huge project.


I do fully intend to make the pattern available. It's just taking me longer than I thought it would to get it written up. The "make it understandable by people that aren't me" part of pattern writing is something that takes quite a bit of time. I am getting close to finished with it, it's just slow going.

The Stats...
Needles: 2's (2.75mm)
Yarn: Lisa Souza Fingering - Elektra
Pattern: my own (designed the three weeks before start date)
Started: 1-5-10
Finished: 4-6-10

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