A New Project – Kashmiri Shawl

It’s time to fulfill my wish of knitting a lace shawl after the (un)fashionably delayed completion of my Amherst Sweater knit! Since my sister and I have still not zeroed in on a project for her, I started on a shawl for me (or for Mom if she likes it when I’m done.) I’m now working on the Kashmiri Shawl by Lana Jois, which I discovered in the Knitting Traditions, Fall 2017 magazine. It doesn’t really resemble actual Kashmiri shawls that I’ve seen, but it ticks the lace boxes, which is all that matters to me. And also, whats-in-a-name, and all that. πŸ™‚

I’m using a denim-based yarn that I’ve already used in earlier projects and have frogged a couple of times now, since I didn’t really feel the magic of the yarn in those projects. But this project feels like it’s the one for the yarn. I like the way it works with the lace, and of course, the way it looks and feels so far.

Kashmiri Shawl - WIP

The project starts with a provisional cast on, and it’ll be knit on one side and then on the other. For possibly the first time in my knitting life, my gauge matches the recommended gauge of the pattern, so I didn’t have to recalculate a whole lot of stuff. But obviously, it’s not a project if I don’t make some changes to it πŸ˜‰ so I reduced the length of the shawl by omitting a repeat or two, and I changed the stockinette stitch to a seed stitch since it hides the inflexibility of this yarn better. (Stockinette stitches just don’t settle properly with this one.)

I’ve mostly gotten the hang of the diamond pattern – I have to pause only slightly at the beginning of every RS row to figure out the pattern for that row. πŸ™‚ This is maybe the second time ever that I’m trying out combination knitting, which helps with this project since there are many LLDs in it – they’re a bit easier with combination knitting. Can’t say they’re any neater, though. LLDs are my pet knitting peeve since I’ve not been able to make them look neat despite the things I’ve tried…

Anyway, I’m hoping this shawl makes a handy accessory to wear at work. How are your plans for your projects and your progress in them?

20 thoughts on “A New Project – Kashmiri Shawl

  1. It looks great and like it’s the right match for the yarn!
    I also can’t make a neat LLD, but I think it’s just the way they are. I’ve watched some youtube videos for comparison and to figure out what I do wrong, and it seems that it really is a feature, not a bug πŸ˜‰
    Unless there’s still something new to learn that I haven’t discovered yet…

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    1. Thank you, Kat! Wonky LLD does seem to be a feature πŸ™‚ – even techniques suggested to make it neater, like TECHknitter’s SYTK method, don’t seem to work for me. It’s tolerable on its own (with some effort), but gets a bit irritating when there’s a symmetrical RLD to compare it with.

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      1. I know, I get irritated when left and right increases or decreases look different and they always do! Especially when they are close to each othet like on 2 sides of raglan increases or decreases. Ugh!

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        1. Exactly! I even prefer only right (or left) twisting cables all over, to both of them together in a project. They always look different and I want to just rip them out.

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          1. And then on some videos I heard that it’s on purpose that the decreases or increases look different bevause that “makes them look decorative”. I beg to differ but maybe it’s just my inner clean freak with love of symmetry speaking πŸ˜‹

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    1. Thank you! Provisional cast-on has turned out to be one of those things I never thought I’d use, and ended up being used quite a lot. I even learned different provisional cast on methods, imagine that! I use the crochet cast on these days – it’s the easiest (only if you know how to crochet, of course πŸ˜€ ) so maybe you could start with it when you decide to learn…

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    1. Definitely one of those things that clicks when you least expect it to – I’m hoping the yarn-pattern combo works well for the remaining part of the shawl too, and that the yarn won’t get frogged again ever.

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  2. Beautiful. I can hardly wait to see the finished shawl. The color and design match wonderfully. I think your shawl will be lovely to wear anywhere you go.

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    1. Thank you, Ginny! I’m knitting a couple more repeats than I originally intended to, and I can’t wait to start the next section (which is a different lace pattern) and see how it turns out!

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  3. Your lace pattern is beautiful! Something to look forward to wearing at the work. I’ve been thinking about how to keep my cast on stitches alive for my next project, by looking at your post this provisional cast on might be a perfect for my project πŸ’«

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