Monday, March 29, 2010
FO: Mr. Eko Flower shawl
Love, love, love this (delightfully free) pattern, by Jenny Johnson Johnen. The real name is Echoflower (pdf link to pattern) but given my full-on-LOST-fever mode, the nickname stays. The yarn is malabrigo lace in Tuareg, a vibrant azure blue. The FO pictures show the color a bit duller and darker than in real life. The color is truer in this WIP pic.
This is the 3rd shawl now (2nd with malabrigo) that has turned out smaller than expected, even after using the specified needle size--it happened with Citron and Aphrodite too. I've always been secretly pleased that my gauge is generally in line with ballbands and patterns, but now I'm starting to doubt myself. Oh lordy, I hope I'm not becoming one of those knitters with "gauge issues!" Anyway, this is the "shawlette" size, and should have beeen 24" by 48", but ended up more like 20" by 41". Considering I have 25% of the skein leftover, I wish I had done one more repeat. Here is it pre-block, when it was even tinier.
Otherwise, I made no modifications except doing the centered double decreases in my way. The main part of the shawl is the same lace pattern as the very popular Laminaria, which always reminds me of little aliens. The best part of this pattern is the edging (actually edgings--there are 2 charts), which blends in with the main part so logically and elegantly it's a delight to knit those last few (usually long and dreary) rows.
The nupps are nine-stitch-nupps (btw, what a good name for a band!). The nupps were a bit tricky, and I cheated on the nupp-ifying wrong-side rows by slipping purlwise the first 6 wraps of the nupp, purling the last 3 wraps together, then pulling over the 6 slipped wraps one by one over the new stitch, and tugging snuggly at the end. Tedious, but tidy.
All in all, a most satisfying little knit, perfect for the impending spring, as you can see by the almost-blooms on the crabapple tree!