Pink Lily Shawl

Water Lilies are very big with me. I have so many photos of them just waiting to be knit. This is an experiment in making a simple lily – only 2 colors, and at the same time experimenting with shawl shapes (looking for a shape I really like, that permits picture knitting on it).

Knitted sideways in st.st with small short rows at the bottom hem, and one big short row section across the whole thing in the back (as an upside down V. Starting with very short rows, inc. all the way to the top then dec back again.)

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Shawlderet

My recent pattern is up! And I am all excited and happy about it. There are still patterns to come out of it, but that will have to wait.

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This pattern is an ‘all purpose’ pattern, and it works well for:

A Cowl – medium # of sts (medium height), and knit enough to cover the neck.
A Scarf – use less sts, and knit on and on…
A Shawl – CO enough sts for the height you need (depending on the person’s size).
Shawlette – which makes a great skirt too.

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and a Hat.
The difference will be in the number of sts, but the same pattern works for all.

Patterns enclosed:
A general/all gauge pattern.
Example of 2 color version for 25 sts.
Example of 3 colors version for 25 sts.

Yarn and needle size are not specified.
To start, decide what you wish to knit, and how tall you want it to be. This will be your CO line (the CO will be the height of the hat/cowl/scarf…), and the number of rows you knit will give the width of the garment).
Then choose your yarn & needles.

Gauge does not have to be perfect. You can knit a gauge piece, or:

  1. Estimate how many sts you need, based on the info from the yarn wrap or previous knits you did with similar yarn & needles.
  2. Start knitting, and check the size after knitting a few rows. Redo if needed.

What if you run out of yarn? Fun. Change to a different yarn… It will make it into a more interesting and artistic garment.

Hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Going Elizabeth

Husband and I been watching pride and prejudice, and remembered our friend has a different version of this movie. Off went the husband to borrow it so we can watch and compare movie notes – what they kept, how the characters were portrayed, and so on. But, on arrival to our friend’s house, in came her neighbor who has 4 versions of this movie. Back came the husband with all these pride and prejudices that we thoroughly enjoyed watching and arguing about :).

So, little wonder that my knitting turned out a bit Elizabethan (as in Bennet):

What started out as the Sahavas hat pattern in double knitting, ended up as a bonnet! And the caplet – the photos do not do it justice (probably because of the pink pajamas underneath!), the caplet makes me feel like Queen Elizabeth – it is SO NICE to wear.

Being a double knit, here is the other side (of the story?):

And a little side view:

And on to serious matters:

In a way this is a continuation of ‘Meandering Randomnesses’ (see previous post). In the bonnet I used 2 variegating yarns, with the decisions that the pink always goes to one side, and if there is no pink – the lighter color will go there.

The result in my eyes is different to what I get knitting with self changing yarn, that tends to be more stripy.

I used this technique a little bit in the shawl too, but not enough as I came to it towards the end. A way to use it for example is when double knitting with one yarn that variegates from white to black, and one solid color (any color). Then having the white on one side of the knitting and the black on the other. The color change in the yarn dictates on which side of the knitting it will be. So that one side will be white + solid, the other = black + solid. This will be good for background, but not for image double knitting.

And that’s my meandering for today :).