6/27/14

Free Estonian Lace Pattern - Silvia - June Entry

Happy summer everyone! 
June is almost over - I am enjoying the weather and my ever-changing garden. So far it has been very nice here in New England: not too hot, not too rainy and not too buggy. Flowers are blooming and the kids are finally done with the school. 
Anyway - back to the business of knitting. 

Here is my June Entry for Estonian Lace Shawl Challenge that I imposed on myself in January. By the way if you are wondering what do I do with the shawls - I am selling them in my Etsy store All Knitted Lace.

This month I used a very traditional pattern: "Silvia". Did you know that there are at least 3 variations of this pattern? I should write a blog post about it at some point. Anyway, enough talking, here is the shawl:
 
 
And a close up

 

I used KnitPicks Bare Shadow Lace Yarn
Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
Weight: Lace Weight
Yards: 880
Grams: 100

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)

How I did it

Main body of the shawl
Cast on 92 sts, work 8 row in garter st, then continue as follows:
RS rows: k4, * 21 sts follow scheme below, repeat from * 4 times, k4. 
WS rows: k4, p to last 4, k4 (pay attention to nupps!)

I worked the scheme 16 times and finished with 8 rows of garter sts. Cast off all sts. Then I picked stitches  along all 4 sides at once on a long circular needle, and added scalloped edge.
 

Pattern for scalloped edge   (number of sts - multiples of 13): Row 1(RS): *k2tog, k2 tog, k2tog, (k1, yo) x6 times, k1, ssk, ssk, ssk, repeat from * to end. Row 2(WS): Purl all repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length is reached. 
Cast off all sts.
 
Size after blocking: 62 x 21 inches.



Happy Knitting in July!
Natalia

6/12/14

Mini-entry: frustration

Every knitter knows the anxiety of not having enough yarn to finish the project, and boy it is frustrating!

Last night I was working on proof-knitting (kind of like a proof-reading :) of a baby set pattern that I showed you last time here. That pink and green set took 2 skeins of each color (KnitPicks  Shine in sports weight) - and I had some green left.

For this set I used the same needles, the same yarn, knitted in the same gauge and same size... but almost ran out of  yarn! I actually had to modify and make the sleeves mostly in white, not blue. See that little blue ball of yarn? That's all I have left for finishing, and I am pretty sure it will not be enough... FRUSTRATING! 
Is it possible that 2 skeins of the same yarn type would have such a difference in yarn length? That is the only reasonable explanation... 
So - I am increasing the yarn requirements in the pattern, just to make sure that other knitter will not have the unhappy feelings I had last night.

Happy knitting!
Natalia

6/15/2014
Update: a little white yarn left from another project and a bit of patience can fix anything!