Pattern: LaLa’s Simple Shawl by Laura Linneman (my project: Colorway 10)
Yarn: Noro Chirimen
Colorway: 10 (so creative – blah)
Needles: US 7 circulars
Size: 58″ across and 28″ deep
Skills: Casting on, decreasing (K2tog), yarnover increases, blocking, beading and crochet bind-off (my modifications)
Notes: Great simple shawl. You do a little garter here, a little stockinette here and a little lace there. Really pleasant. Just enough going on to keep you interested and to give great results. Even though the pattern offers lots of opportunity for customization, I pretty much stuck to the pattern. I did, however, use a lighter yarn than the pattern calls for and I used a fancy, scalloped and crocheted beaded bind-off (which I learned from a video that I can’t find right now but can explain if anyone is interested…it’s really quite fantastic).
By the way – What a yarn!!! I love the striping and the color combination and I’m glad I dug it out of my stash for this project. It’s softer than the more familiar Noro Kureyon and Silk Garden because it’s a 60% cotton, 24% silk and 16% wool blend. But don’t let that high cotton content fool you – this stuff is fab-u-lous. It’s not hard on your hands, it blocks very easily (no soaking – just pin it down in the shape that you want, spritz with water and let dry over night) and it drapes fabulously. But, this shit is unnnneven. Its suppose to be a DK weight yarn but this stuff goes down to lace weight and all the way up to bulky. It’s all over the place. And the knots. Ugh…I don’t mind the occasional knot but does the color striping have to get interrupted in the process?
I still love it though. It’s just so damn pretty.
Stash Dash 2012 > 179 grams (for Checkpoint #4)
Year of Projects > Week #3