Oh, oh – not another shawlette!?

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.


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Fiber artist - knit, weave, and quilt. I am also getting back into garment sewing. I have started to dye my own yarn and I'm learning to spin.
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