Monday, February 16, 2009

Kiri Shawl

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This is the shawl before blocking. Relaxed, it was 62 inches at the widest point, and 29 inches down the 'spine'.

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Here it is, taking over most of my living room. At this point, it was 81 inches wide, and 36 inches down the spine. I wet blocked it, and having not done that before, was quite surprised just how much the wool stretched. The sheet prevented the carpet from getting too soggy...

I'm glad I had an appointment to get my hair coloured after pinning this out, I don't think I could have resisted leaving it alone otherwise!

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Design: Kiri
Designer: Polly Outhwaite of All Tangled Up. Pattern available here (free)
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn, 2 x 100g skeins.
Total cost: £18.50
Needles: 4mm circular, used as straights

The finished product. It's softer and warmer than I thought it would be knitting it up.

This shawl took a couple of weeks of effort to knit, and it was my focus project. At the end, there were over 450 stitches in a row. The Noro was easier to work with than the mohair I used for my first shawl, and the uneven texture doesn't really show, especially after blocking. I'm not sure that I would use this yarn for socks, though.

I wish the edges had scalloped a little more, but otherwise, I'm very happy with this.

I like the colour changes, and it gives off a very spring like vibe. Fortunately, I was able to join in the second ball with only a little wastage, and I have enough left over for a pair of fingerless mitts or similar.

The pattern was very easy to follow, and the regular repeats meant it was easy to track and correct mistakes, although I generally did that by fudging rather than ripping everything back. I can't see the mistakes in it now, and if I can't then no-one will notice!

I'm going to take great care of this, I don't want to lose it like the last shawl I made! I've spotted a lovely fabric rose pin in just the right shade of pink to wear with this ... over the top? Maybe, but there will certainly be no one else wearing such a shawl :o)

9 comments:

staci said...

Gorgeous shawl! I love the pattern and I just love the color graduations in Noro yarn! You will look as lovely as a spring flower in it :)

timetostitch said...

It's beautiful. I love the colors and think it can be 4 seasonal...great job, I wish I could create such a beauty. Congratulations. Must be such satisfaction creating your own treasure.

Jean said...

Wow - that is impressive. I truly don't know how you got through the rows with 450 stitches! I really admire your finishing this. You will enjoy it for years to come.

mainely stitching said...

Oh, that is STUNNING!

And I love the bookmark for the time capsule (in an earlier post). What a clever idea!

linenstitcher2 said...

Ooo, the colors on this shawl are beautiful! Very nice pattern, too!

Karol said...

Your shawl is beautiful. A perfect spring piece.

Suzanne said...

The shawl is gorgeous. I really love the colour.

Sharon said...

That is so gorgeous!

Always smiling said...

Fantastic shawl and such lovely colours, I know what you mean about not being able to leave it!!
you'll look splendid with this swung round your shoulders.
Chris x