Puck’s Tunic Inspired Shawl

Looks like I managed productive bursts of knitting towards the end of my current project, and completed it as a surprise move! I’m as surprised as you are – I certainly expected this post to be an I’m-almost-there one.

Puck's Tunic-Inspired Shawl | Anita

This shawl is inspired by Puck’s Tunic from Susanna IC. I knit the shawl with sections of lace pattern from the tunic interspersed with varying-width sections of stockinette stitch, and 3-row / 3-column seed stitch edges.

The shawl is for my sister, who wanted a long and wide rectangle, and I feel like I went overboard since it appears like a mini-blanket to me. πŸ˜‰ But my sister is happy with this size, as are my parents who think that it “covers well” (I wonder what that says about my previous shawls… πŸ˜› ) so I think I’ll conclude that the project is a resounding success!

Puck's Tunic-Inspired Shawl | Anita

My only complaint is that blocking hasn’t fixed the curling of the edges much. I wonder if that would’ve been remedied by knitting a smaller shawl and stretching it like crazy while blocking.

I have an entire skein of yarn (and then some) left from this project, adding to my leftovers-woes. But since this project’s leftovers are substantial, maybe I can knit a hat from them.


Next…

I’ll go with a crochet project next. I own this particular top that had a lace yoke. The lace yoke was destroyed, and I’ve only worn the top once. πŸ˜₯ I’ve been thinking of making a crocheted lace yoke for it since forever, and have been looking for crochet patterns since I’m not very good at designing crochet lace. I have a few candidates lined up now, and hope by my next post, I’ll have picked one!

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Puck’s Tunic Inspired Shawl – WIP

My current project, a shawl for my sister, is inspired by a tunic. She really liked the pattern when we browsed through magazines for potential candidates, and I just have to multiply the pattern by N to make a shawl from a tunic, right? πŸ™‚

Puck’s Tunic is designed by Susanna IC. (Remember my Oshara Shawl from the only MKAL I’ve attempted so far? That’s her, too.) We ran into this project in the Summer 2017 issue of Interweave Knits. While the Oshara Shawl made liberal use of slip stitches for its zigzag patterning, this shawl uses some neat lacework for a zigzag pattern. I’ve inserted patterned columns at various points in the shawl, with stockinette stitch columns separating them.

Puck's Tunic inspired Shawl

Like always, as I love seeing the pattern form, I can’t wait to block the project, even if I’m not even close to done. πŸ™‚ This is one pattern that I haven’t gotten the hang of even after completing almost 5 repeats, and don’t think I ever will. I find this intriguing – it’s easy to see the pattern from the previous row, and it’s evident how the current row should go, but somehow, I can’t figure out the stitches that would make it happen. Maybe it’s some sort of mental block. Does this happen to you too?

I also find it interesting that I want to knit more shawls than sweaters now, and knit more lace patterns than cables. If I’d asked the me from one year ago if I’d ever want to knit lace shawls one after the other, the answer would have been an aghast “No!” Times do change, don’t they? πŸ™‚

Kashmiri Shawl

My Kashmiri Shawl is now done! The shawl is a pattern from Lana Jois, to which I’ve made very minimal modifications to better suit the yarn and my preferences.

 

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Ever spent ages trying (and failing) to capture in pictures just how lovely you find your project? I keep thinking the pictures just don’t do justice to the shawl. My poor sister spent quite some time modeling for me. πŸ™‚

The shawl is exactly as long and wide as I’d wanted it. My yarn turned out more than sufficient, even when I’d thought earlier that it would get mostly used up, and I’d underestimated the row gauge then. I kept weighing the used-up and remaining yarn at various points in the project to ensure that I won’t fall short. I have a little ball of it left now, and it joins the growing pile of scrap yarn that I don’t know what to do with.

I think this will be a shared shawl, since my mom and sis like it too. It provides enough warmth on a cool day in temperate climate, or, of course, in an office with the blasted air conditioning on. (Guess I’ll wear it to work next week, then.)

Kashmiri Shawl - blocking

I’m always thrilled with how blocking provides a neater finish to a project, especially a lace project when the eyelets and the pattern open up, and the stitches settle better. This project was no exception, and even the wonky left decreases that always catch my eye seem to have evened out a bit now.

I’ll probably be knitting more shawls than sweaters for the time being, since the yarn that we ordered for my sister’s shawl arrived just when I was about to finish the current project – talk about timing! For the new project, I’ll take some elements from a pattern for a tunic. I’ve just started on a swatch, and I’ll probably have more to talk about the project only in my next post.

Meanwhile, check out the lovely color of the new yarn, and tell me about your projects!

New yarn!

This is a greenish-blue yarn, and I swear it looked green last night!

WIP – Kashmiri Shawl

My Kashmiri Shawl is coming along well. I knit a couple more repeats of the first pattern than I’d originally planned – my row gauge had turned out to be a bit off – and now I’ve made about half a repeat of the second pattern.

I’ve not figured out the new pattern yet, and I find that I double-check my stitches a lot, and look up the pattern every RS row. I hope I get used to it soon, and knit without referring to the chart, because it’s no fun pausing the book that I listen to while I try to understand the current row – too many interruptions. πŸ˜‰

Kashmiri Shawl - WIP

I know I have miles to go before I’m done, but I just can’t wait to block this shawl! The yarn isn’t a stretchy one so the difference won’t be drastic, but I think there will still be some difference.

So that’s my short update. Since I have other projects to work on in the weekend, I won’t be able to knit much, so today is as good a time as any to write about the project. πŸ™‚ Hope your projects are keeping you busy and entertained!

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?

Fall Shawl

I think I just completed a perfect shawl for transitioning into winter, and though this one is for my sister, I might want to make one for myself. πŸ˜‰ I even want to use the same color, because it’s so bright and cheerful and gorgeous!

Fall Shawl | Anita

Since this is a rectangular shawl, I designed it to have alternating horizontal sections of two textured stitches, with each section pair separated by a couple of eyelet rows. The textured stitches I used are moss stitch and diamond honeycomb stitch. The sections are of varying height, although symmetrical between the top and bottom halves.

I’d originally thought of having same-height sections for a given textured stitch, but while knitting, realized that there was a high probability that I’d run out of yarn. So I played with the section heights in my design until I was sure I’d use up most of the yarn but not run out of it. I barely have half a meter of yarn left now – so that’s another point to this project! πŸ˜‰

Fall Shawl | Anita

Another constraining factor for this design was that my sister wanted this shawl to completely cover her arms, but she also doesn’t like narrow shawls much, which meant it had to be at least medium sized. There definitely wasn’t enough yarn for that, and since this yarn is at least a year old, I couldn’t order more. How about adding yarn of a different color? We couldn’t think of any other color that would work well with this one.

So I decided to use a super-stretchy cast on and bind off – Jeny’s Stretchy Slipknot Cast-On and her Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. Maybe it was a mistake, maybe not, because the yarn itself turned out to be slightly heavy, and now the shawl totally stretches lengthwise when it’s worn. πŸ™‚ Hence, I thought blocking it would probably be useless. My sister is anyway happy because it does completely cover her arms and is of a satisfactory height, so we thought she could wear the shawl unblocked for a while, and I can think about further finishing if it comes to it.


Now, after this high, I’m weirdly not in the mood to work on anything yarn related, so I’m left without a yarn project again. No matter, the September section of the Linen and Threads SAL is out, so I’ll take a tiny break and pick it up.

Oshara Shawl

I completed the Oshara Shawl MKAL, and I’m in love with the shawl!

Oshara Shawl

My joy is threefold – that the shawl turned out alright though I didn’t know what I was going to make, that my choice of colors turned out alright just brilliant, and that my slight modifications to the pattern turned out alright.

My pattern modifications were nothing big, just a few alignment and increase adjustments. Weeks 3 and 4 had sections where the left and right edges of the shawl didn’t match. They would definitely not be noticeable when the shawl is worn, but I would know! πŸ˜› (And I would not be as happy while knitting these sections.) So I moved / changed the repeats in those sections a little to make them match. For one of the sections, this would slightly mess up an increase row, and I changed the way I increase to retain the expected stitch count.

 

Overall, I’m ecstatic about the result. I wish I could wear this shawl right now, but it has turned out to be a wonderfully lightweight summer shawl, and summer is long gone here – it’s pretty chilly now. No worries, I can hope for a warmer day or two, and if that doesn’t happen, well, the shawl will be ready for next year.

Can I just say again how glad I am that the risk of joining this MKAL paid off! Thank you Susanna for designing such a fun and beautiful project, and Interweave for the opportunity to play along! I don’t know if I’ll work on more MKAL’s in the near future, though – my thirst for knitting mystery projects seems to have been quenched for now. πŸ™‚