Monday, May 17, 2010
Frozen Leaves shawl
This is shawl # 5 for the 10shawls2010 challenge. I screwed up royally with that one!
Do you wonder why chart B is almost none existent in my version? Of course you do! I thought it didn't work, and tried to fudge along, until I had to stop right there, before I screwed it up even more. Tinking back was not an option for me, since there were beads involved, and of course there was no lifeline, there never is! So I just stopped and started with chart C. There's nothing wrong with chart B, it was just me!
This is not the actual color, but you can at least see the beads a little.
I liked this shawl design right away. It's lovely and delicate, and a free pattern from Anusla. Others have worked her pattern over, so it would be easier to understand (well that didn't work for me), and they did a great job!
The one thing I did not like was, that they said to knit the last purl row with double strand, and so I cast off with double strand too. I don't like how it looks, but by then I didn't care anymore. This was supposed to be a master piece, since I used BEADS for the FIRST time!
Can you see them in the above picture? I put three beads on each leave tip starting row 5 of the 9 leave rows I did. I quite like them. I would use beads againa, but sparingly, because it's quite the hold up using them. The weight of the beads gives the shawl a nice drape, even the few I used. I bought them at Michaels, and about half of the beads in the box were damaged, differnt size, hole too small etc.
This shows NOT the actual color either, but I liked the shot anyway.
here are the specs:
pattern: Frozen Leaves by Anusla
yarn: Posh yarn Camilla (discontinued), 2-ply lace yarn, cashmere, colorway Memories. This yarn was very splitty, but it's so soft, that I didn't care.
needle: 3mm, I wanted a better stitch definition with the leaves, that's why I used smaller needles
beads: size 6/0 glass beads, attached with hook # 12
size after blocking: 27" x 50", I did NOT block the heck out of it
start-finish: April 25 - May 6, 2010
I could see me doing this one again, but next time with chart B right, with or without beads. I loved knitting it though, mistakes and all.