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Shawls in July

While I am waiting for the Woolie silk I ordered for my capelet to arrive (UPS takes at least a week to send things here… and then they won’t leave packages or ring the bell…) I decided to start another shawl.  I present…

The Perfect Pie shawl by Veronique Avery (oh, how I love her designs!) from Weekend Knitting.  The yarn is Elann Pure Alpaca in Jasper, which is a most beautiful and hard to describe color (kind of a dark spruce with heathered blue bits?), and a very soft and lovely yarn.  I spent most of yesterday afternoon before work swatching, because you know what?  There is a big fat error in this pattern, and no published errata that I can find.  I’m going to post the fix here, because I had a terrible time trying to find info about it.  The pattern specifically tells you not to twist the stitches when doing the M1 increases.  This is incorrect.  You should pick up the stich from front to back and then twist it by knitting it through the back loop.  This results in the pretty lacey triangles in the photo; otherwise you get some sort of round lacey look, which I wasn’t liking.  I wouldn’t be mad about it if the pattern didn’t specifically say not to twist the stitches, which is completely the opposite of what you should do!

It’s a lovely pattern though… I can’t wait to finish it and have a lovely fluffy shawl to wear!  Um… in July.  Yeah.  I’m just not ready for warm sweater knitting yet, and I am awaiting the pattern for Agnes (yes, even though it’s almost the same as those others… I am weird.)  My swatch opened up to the right size with blocking, so I’m confident that my shawl will too!  I would recommend this pattern for people who (like me) don’t care for super duper complicated lace, or for knitting with laceweight.  I had the pattern memorized in 5 minutes.

I will have to find a lightweight yarn that at least kind of matches to do the edging… I anticipate this will not be fun, but I’d better get started!  It took me about 2 hours to do the half pie wedge above, so this isn’t going to take forever.

Meanwhile, the Montego Bay scarf marches on… and on… and on.  I’m at two feet now (1 foot of which was added in the past 2 days) and I’m really getting bored with K2togs.  The problem is that I can’t zone out while doing them, and I don’t like staring at the scarf when it’s really only a 2 row repeat (shifted over a bit on the next row.)   I will persevere though, because I really love the colors and I want to wear it… someday.  When it finally decides to get finished.

11 thoughts on “Shawls in July

  1. Please!! it is freezing in my work office!! I had to go outside to unthaw!! So Shawls are perfect (as I have a store bought sweater drapped over me! Ugh)

    Nice!! I didn’t even look at that shawl when I got the book until you posted about it! :o) Thanks for the pattern correction. I will definitely make note directly in my book!

    What size needle are you using??

  2. I was just saying at Knit Nite last night that although I love the sea silk, the Montego Bay Scarf is just not holding my attention! MUST…KEEP…KNITTING…

  3. I completely agree about Veronik Avery’s designs. When I get a new Interweave Knits, I can bet that every thing on my “Oh my I have to cast on for this right now” list is designed by her. They’re all so classic but still really fresh. Lovely.

  4. The Montego Bay Scarf is looking great! I’m getting ready to cast on for mine.

    I have that book and I’ve been looking at that shawl, thanks for sharing the error!

  5. The Jaeger yarn is amazing, such a deep color, love it. Glad you’re intrepid enough to figure those pattern fixes on your own! I usually run screaming to the LYS…

  6. I love making shawls, scarves and sweaters in the summer months of the year. Or at least planning them out and dreaming about knitting them. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I have a strong dislike for cotton yarns (it seriously hates my hands and wrists), and what’s the point in making a summer top in wool, right….?
    Alpaca is by far one of my most favourite fibers in the world, next after merino wool. And that colour is to die for…! 😛 Can’t wait to see it as an FO!

  7. I made that shawl! But it was a year ago and I have no idea what I did with the M1. It did turn out like the picture, so I’m guessing I saw M1 and just twisted away.
    I had a terrible time finding an edging yarn–I bought 3 yarns before coming across one that looked right–it needs to be just the right weight, fiber and color.
    But it was a really fun, quick, knit!

  8. My friend is making that in the called for yarn but I have to say I like your shawl much better. Oh I can’t vouch for the quality or anything but I came across a site that is producing new episodes of original star trek.

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