Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Triangular Scarf in Leaf Pattern

This shawl is another example for me starting a lace project with knowing fully well, that the yarn on hand will not be enough to finish it! (I must be touched in the head, since this happens a lot lately.)

I've got one Zauberball yarn in Cranberry colorway from Sabine (and another one in a different colorway) as a gift, and even though it's supposed to be sock yarn, for me it screamed "lace", since it's single ply yarn, although for that it's rather strong with its nylon contents.

The reason why I still cast on for this shawl was, that I've spied a Zauberball in this color at my LYS, and I knew, if needed, I could get it there. Never mind same dye lot. As it turned out, I've knit the main part with one ball, and the edge with the second ball. Now I have more than half a ball left over.

Triangular Scarf in Leaf Pattern by Nancy Bush-34“ x 53” by Nancy Bush-2

The main part of this shawl was mind numbingly boring to knit, repeating the leaf pattern over and over. What woke me up from my stupor was the edge though. I dreaded it, I feared it. I had to pick up stitches and the stitch count had to be just right. The instructions did not help me at all. It said, "pick up and knit 242 sts along selvage to lower point of triangle (about 2 sts for every slipped selvage st; see page 38)..." The operative word here would be "about". What does that mean? Either it is, or it isn't. Needless to say, I had to do it several times, with a lot of counting to get the required stitch count. Once that was done, it was smooth sailing.
Triangular Scarf in Leaf Pattern by Nancy Bush-34“ x 53” by Nancy Bush-5

I like how the edge appears to be striped, sort off, and not obvious pooling.

Triangular Scarf in Leaf Pattern by Nancy Bush-34“ x 53” by Nancy Bush-6

Here are the specs:

pattern: Triangular scarf in leaf pattern by Nancy Bush from the book "Knitted Lace of Estonia"
yarn: Zauberball in the colorway Cranberries, 420m one ball, 75% wool, 25% polyamid, 1.25 balls
needles: 3mm for the main body, 3.5mm for the edge
size after blocking: 53" x 34" (slightly bigger than the one in the book) and it IS a scarf
start-finish: Nov. 8 - 18 2009
destined: for my mom for Christmas

Triangular Scarf in Leaf Pattern by Nancy Bush-34“ x 53” by Nancy Bush-4
This was the 4th project I've knit from this book, and there are still more in there, which I like and plan on knitting.
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30 comments:

sanaze said...

Ohhh very, very beautyfull - and so lucky to have 2 balls in the same color- that is really freaky for Zauberball!
and the other one???? :))))
Grüßle Sabine

knottygnome said...

it looks gorgeous in the zauberball yarn.

keri said...

That is gorgeous - the medley of different colors play together beautifully in the lace - not too much but very eyecatching - love it!

Crystal said...

Wow! I love that edging too :) Lovely project. I bought some Zauberball in brighter colours and was going to use it for socks. But seeing this, maybe I need to make a wildly coloured wimple or something.

Walden said...

Very lovely. The yarn color you chose especially makes this piece.

Heike said...

Dein Tuch ist traumhaft schön!!

Viele Neujahrsgrüße von Heike

Atelier Schmuckstück said...

Das Muster ist ja wohl traumhaft schön ! Ich hätte ihn aber lieber in grün - blau :-))

LG Eva

Virginia said...

That's beautiful! I love the red.

I'm currently in the middle of my first mind numbingly idiodic starting a project for which I don't have enough yarn, in a yarn that has been discontinued.

yeah. Smart me.

michelle in california said...

quite lovely! but that edging is fantastic!! the "stripped" pooling couldn't have been more perfect if you tried! =]

i've been eyeballing that book, now it seems, i really need to get it.

anita said...

liebe monika,

danke für deine e-mail.
ich hoffe, ich finde bald etwas zeit, um auch dir darauf zu antworten.

einstweilen wünsche ich dir, dass das neue jahr dir viel klarheit bringt, dazu mut und kraft und durchhaltevermögen, um so manchen sturm zu überstehen.

herzliche grüße
sendet dir
anita

Javajem said...

This shawl is beautiful! Well done!

Sharon V said...

Your shawl is lovely and the color choice is WOW! Good job!

One shawl done for 2010 - 9 more to go.

hakucho said...

Very pretty. Love the color combination, ...very warm looking :)

RC said...

wow that is really beautiful! you did an awesome job

donyale said...

I think Zauberball works beautifully in shawls - yours is no exception. Lovely.

Grand Purl Baa said...

It is just beautiful. Exquisitely so.

Laura said...

Did you have any trouble knitting with the Zauberball yarn? I just purchased some of that before Christmas & started a sock and found it split a lot and the two fibers unwound. Do you have that problem?
Your scarf is amazing! Did you give it to your Mom this past Christmas or saving it for this year?:)

lexa said...

The shawl is gorgeous! I love the border. :)

Pat said...

Beautiful shawl - I love the way the shades of red played out! I haven't knit anything from the book yet (I've had it since it came out)- I seem to be off of lace shawls lately - but this has caught my interest...hmmm.

Michelle said...

I love that color. I like how the color repeats are long enough to stripe in shawl without being so short as to detract from the pattern. I've never bought zauerball because I don't like single ply yarns but boy are you tempting me now!

Anonymous said...

The "scarf " is wonderful - congratulations on a lovely job..

hmmmm
I have a ball of the cranberry zauerball also....

margieinmaryland

Barbara said...

Gorgeous!

2paw said...

Isn't it funny, the way we know we do things yet we still do them!!
The shawl is beautiful, I love the pooling!! I would dread all that picking up stitches though, I always have to do button bands two or thee times no matter how hard I try.

Paula said...

Absolutely a heart stopper. You are so funny. I knew exactly what you meant about starting a project, knowing fully well that you probably won't have enough yarn. Maybe we just like the challenge.

yogiela said...

der Farbverlauf ist doch immer wieder schön. für ein lace-tuch besonders geeignet.
ein schönes Geschenk dazu.
viele Grüße Elfi

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

It's gorgeous! You are right the edging with the striping effect is a stunning enhancement to the design!

Only an expert knitter like you could have pull off different colors and dye lots and forced ahead fearlessly and successfully! Well done.

runswithneedles said...

Holy cow. That is a GORGEOUS shawl!

T-Mom said...

That is Soooo pretty!

Beverly said...

I love it. I've been debating as to whether or not buy Zauber and this has convinced me. Lovely present.

hannah said...

This is beautiful! What a lovely shawl!!