Posted by: loungekitten | August 3, 2009

New Beginning

I had started another knitting project, based on the Textured Shawl Recipe I found on Ravelry.  I decided to use a yarn that had been sitting in my stash for a while.  It is called Euro Yarns Peru DK Luxury.  It is a discontinued yarn which I found in A.C. Moore.  I think it was available for about a minute before it was discontinued.  It is made of 70% merino wool, 10% silk, and 20% “alpaka”.  I don’t know what “alpaka” is, but I suspect it is not natural alpace.  This yarn certainly doesn’t feel as though it has any alpaca in it.  It is soft, and way too smooth to be 90% merino wool and alpaca.  I have four balls in the stash, and I thought it might be good for this shawl.

The first version knit up quickly.  Here is a picture of the shawl:

Textured Shawl, 7-30-09

Textured Shawl, 7-30-09

As I approached the end of the last ball of yarn began to cast off.  I didn’t get nearly as far as I wanted to and I ran out of yarn before I could finish my cast-off.  I was going to have to rip, and as I contemplated the shawl I decided I really didn’t like how it looked!  Too much stockinette for my taste  So I made the decision to rip out the whole thing and start over.

Yarn Ball, Cat-toy style

Yarn Ball, Cat-toy style

I didn’t have my ball winder with me (I went to the shore this weekend) so I just ripped out one ball of yarn and started over.  Here’s how I started:

Cast on 3 stitches.  Knit 1 row.

Row 2:  K1, yo, k1, yo, k1.

Row 3:  K5.

Row 4:  K2, yo, k1, yo, k2.

Row 5:  K2, p3, k2.

Row 6:  K2, M1R, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, M1L, k2.  (4 sts inc’d)

Row 7:  K2, p7, k2

Row 8(RS):  K2, M1R, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, M1L, k2. (4 sts inc’d)

Row 9 (WS):  K2, p11, k2

Repeat the increase pattern above,  increasing at the sides and around the center stitch of the shawl.  Maintain 2 st garter pattern at sides throughout.  When I had 39 sts on the needle and ending with a WS  row, I worked the texture pattern stitch for 8 rows.  Then I worked 12 rows stockinette stitch.  I followed with a ridged lace stitch (I’ll have to tell you where I got that later), which I knit for 18 rows.  Then I knit 6 rows of stockinette stitch.

Here is the rest of my plan, if I’ve got enough yarn:

Knit 6 rows texture pattern stitch, then 6 rows stockinette stitch.

Knit 18 rows ridged lace stitch.

Knit 6 rows stockinette stitch, 6 rows texture pattern stitch, 6 rows stockinette stitch.

Knit in garter stitch with remaining yarn, and bind off.

Now, I might change my plan toward the end of the pattern.  Hopefully, by incorporating more lace into the pattern my yarn will go farther than it did the first time.

I’m signing off to get some chores done.  Le sigh.


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