Tuesday, June 22, 2010

#5 for 2010

My shawl kick continues. I haven't officially signed up for 10 shawls in 2010, but if I continue at my current pace, I just might match that goal.

Pattern: Brandywine Shawl [Ravelry link] by Rosemary Hill
Yarn: J. Knits Superwash Me Sock, colorway Mississippi, less than one skein
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) and US 8 (5.0 mm -- for bind off only)
Started/Completed: June 3/June 18
Mods: none

I first heard about this pattern via the Knitmore Girls podcast. Jasmin and Gigi decided to knit it as a "Knitmore-along" and I decided to play along. A nice perk of buying this pattern is that it supports a good cause: $5 of the purchase price from each pattern goes to relief efforts in Haiti.

I've knit a fair amount of triangular shawls in my day, but I've never knit a shawl with a construction quite like this. The shawl starts at the bottom of the triangle and is worked up to the top. The points along the side are worked by increasing for several rows and then binding off four stitches at the beginning of two rows. At the same time, the size of the shawl increases by two stitches every right side row with yarnovers on either side of the garter stitch triangle at the center. Finally, the shawl is bound off along the top by way of a reverse I-cord bind off.

These pictures don't capture the color very well; in real life, it's a semisolid royal purple. There was a little bleeding in the wash, but the color doesn't seem to have dimished at all.

This was a really fun knit, as you can probably tell by how quickly it knit up given my knitting schedule these days. I'm also ready to participate in the next Knitmore-along, which is apparently going to be the seven shawls in Romi's new e-book. The first pattern is Merope, for which I picked up some JaggerSpun Zephyr in a pale gray at Natural Stitches last week.

A certain someone would also like you to know that this shawl is Rainbow approved!


  1. Anonymous9:23 PM

    OMG, look at that adorable face!!!!! She is absolutely too cute!

    Oh yeah, there was a shawl, wasn't there? Very pretty shawl, but that baby - OMG!

  2. Oh beautiful! (both the shawl and the baby!) :)

  3. That looks like a happy kiddo. Nice shawl, too!

  4. Very pretty and love the color. Cute little baby pic too.;)

  5. Shawl is beautiful! Love the simplicity in that color. Baby is pretty darn cute!

  6. It's lovely! It almost looks like denim. Makes a great baby cape, too. ;)

  7. Liz T.4:32 PM

    Look how much she has grown!! (don't I sound just like the typical Grandma!) So very, very cute! But look out...soon she will be grabbing those pretty knits and running with them!!!
    And the shawl, as always, beautiful!

  8. SWEET picture! I'm so glad Rainbow is getting exposed to wool at her wee age!