Sunday, February 27, 2011

A few Shawls

I've been working on shawls lately. Not that that is anything new, of course, but I'm trying to get a lot made for Lexi and Rose to select from for their teachers at the end of the school year, and for my sister Pauline to to choose from when she visits this summer. Today, I took pictures of the ones I currently have. 

 I call this one Angel Wings. It is very simple. The stitch pattern (yarn over, knit one, knit 2 together) slants automatically. At the mid-point, I switched to the reverse (knit 2 together, knit one, yarn over), which slants in the other direction. The resulting shawl drapes very nicely in front.

 I did another one like it, but using two shades of green, alternating colors every two rows. The picture doesn't show it well, but one side is narrow stripes, and the other is mottled. Lexi likes the mottled side better; I think I do, too.
 This triangular shawl is rather small because I didn't have enough of the yarn to make it larger.
 This is the detail of the lace triangles in the above shawl.

 This fern lace pattern is much easier than it looks. The yarn is some acrylic, wool and mohair that I've had in my stash for several years; it feels wonderful!
 This is a small baby blanket or laprobe that was worked from the center out. It seems so different in the picture than in person!
This is basically a triangular shawl, but with short-row extensions on both sides after I reached the length I wanted for the center back. That makes it hang better in the front than if it were simply a triangle. I really like the Snowdrop Lace pattern I used. Upside down it looks like tulips rather than snowdrops. I'm thinking of doing a rectangular shawl in red with that pattern, working from the middle to each end.

 This one I'm still working on. I'm using 149 stitches and a size 15 circular needle. The scarlet yarn in the ball above the shawl is my 'foundation yarn,' I use another yarn along with it - a different one for each row, leaving several inches of the extra yarn at beginning and end to be fringe.
This type of shawl I work on only at home. I select the yarns and divide them into three groups - eyelash, other textures, and smooth. Then I lay them out on the floor beside my chair and select from each group in whatever sequence I decide on. This one is reds with a touch of black, but others have been all kinds of color combinations. People seem to like them, and it's a great way to use up leftover yarn.


Anonymous said...

Your shawls are beautiful Adele! Keep the pictures coming...I love your knitting.

Jackie said...

I really like these. You are very talented.