I’m still in the shawl
rut track. Well, technically this is a shawlette since it’s small. Shawlette seems to be a word invented by the knitting community since I can’t find it in any dictionary, but a Google search will pick up tons of shawlettes. Basically, it’s a small shawl, more like a scarf, but usually triangular or a semi-circle. I can see why the word was invented – it’s a very elegant way to use a small amount of yarn and it’s a quick and satisfying project. Note that most sock yarn comes in 400 or so yard skeins and a shawlette usually uses sock yarn. They are designed to use about 400 or so yards. A great excuse to buy an expensive yarn (but only one hank or skein).
The yarn I used for this shawlette was some sock yarn I purchased on Etsy. I loved knitting with this yarn, so soft and the colors really resonated with me.
So the beginning is just stockinette stitch – very basic, knit one row, purl the next row. This had just the added twist of adding a stitch at each end and two in the middle on each knit row. What could go wrong? Well… I dropped a stitch. Fortunately, when I found it I hadn’t gone too far past it (maybe about 4 rows or such). So I fixed it and went my merry way. Then, Argh!, I noticed that when I fixed the dropped stitch I had skipped a row. It wasn’t very noticeable, but it caused that small section of the shawl to lose some of its stretch AND that just was not right. I belly ached about it for about a day and decided that I really, really needed to fix it. So I purposely dropped the stitch down to the row that had the error. I was nervous that I would pick the wrong stitch to drop and finally just did it. As it turns out, I picked the correct stitch. I then proceeded to pick that stitch up and bring it up the ‘ladder’. Below are before and after pictures of that adventure:
Can you see what I mean about the color? It’s fabulous. It’s called Blackberry Compote.
Here it is blocking:
The designer intended the edge to look like waves washing on the beach and I think this photo does the design justice. The edging was a picot stitch all around and I, at first, pinned out every picot edge point. But, because of a shortage of T-pins, I decided to decrease the number of picot edge points I picked up. I think it works well and mimics the uneven edge of a wave. I did, however, pick up all the points around the tip of the shawl.
Here it is all dry and ready to wear:
This is another free pattern from Ravelry, Holden Shawlette.