Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Anastasia's Shawl....

I knit this shawl for my big sister. Although it didn't take long to knit, it has taken me a long time to finish it up. Seems I have several projects that are near completion - over 90% done, yet they remain 10% undone.

I have really changed to a process-type knitter and not a project oriented knitter, but STILL!

The yarn was not my favorite. My knitterly friends seem to think the finished product looks nice, but it's hard for me to see past the yarn. As usual, I am not a fan of novelty yarn.

Yarn: Karabella Gossamer, black
Pattern: Karabella KK230
Yarn used: 3 skeins, 220 yards EACH
Gauge: 14-16 sts/4 inches
Needles: size 10

Mods: Cast on 30 rather than 16 and then I just kept knitting and increasing until it was the length I wanted from neck to elbow. The final measurements are:

neck to elbow-19"
neck down back- 25"
length across at widest point-46"

I knit this with smaller needles than called for, so it has a tighter feel and should be warmer. At the recommended gauge, the stitches seemed too big to me- it had too many "holes." So, I used 3 skeins rather than 2. Even with the extra skein, I had to make the ruffle smaller so I didn't run out of yarn.

It's a very simple pattern and a ruffle is always nice.

Look for this in the mail soon....sis!


nanny said...

Beautiful! I think the shawl turned out lovly and I know the recipient will be pleased. Very nice, very nice!

nanny said...

You know the more I look at the shawl and I DO look at it again....I think it looks like Anastasia's shawl.......the first Anastasia from Russian history. It kind of has that Dr. Zhivago look and I think I love it!

You are a good sister.

Shauna said...

What a gorgeous black shawl...she will love it!