September 2011 - Koigu action

I'd love to share with you a well-known Koigu pattern called Charlotte's Web, published in Knits from a Painter's Palette. I saw it worn by a customer at Woolfest in June and knew that I HAD to knit one. I can tell you, the pictures in the book somehow do not do it justice.

This shawl is absolute magic to knit. With a simple lace pattern, you get into a lovely rhythm while knitting it. And the style of stitches chosen doesn't "fight" the patterning of the multi-coloured yarn. They all just enhance each other, just mesmerising. I doubt that you can go wrong with choice of colours, so it's also a very suitable project for using up incomplete hanks. The book prescribes 5 different shades, but in truth, the finished shawl weighs a mere 125 grams. This weight is based on my version, with the garter stitch triangle edge rather than long tassels, but even with tassels, 3 hanks or 150 grams should be plenty. Which makes it a very interesting option to knit in Koigu Mori as well (the stunning merino/silk blend). I'll have this shawl on display at Ally Pally and Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Shows, but until that time, here are some pictures before and after blocking (if ever you needed encouragement to bloack your lace, these pictures should do the trick!).

Any questions or comments very welcome!

First up: unblocked shawl, fresh off the needles.

And this is the same item, on the blocking wires!

And lastly, one detail picture before and after blocking:

 


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