Wednesday, May 14, 2008

BiColor Shawlette is Finished!

This may be my fastest knit ever. Even faster than a pair of socks, this two-color Clementine Shawlette (Interweave Knits, Spring 2007) took barely two weeks, and I was knitting on other things as well during that time.



The shawl is in two colors because I only had one skein of each color and I never intended to actually knit the whole thing. But I'm glad I did. It's perfect for summer, light and decorative – adds some glitz to the old t-shirt.

I even like the bicolor effect. Since the shawl is knit in two pieces, there's not a prayer of hiding the join at the back (graft however deviously one may). Might as well take advantage of that design feature and do something different. I'm not sure wildly contrasting colors would look good (although they might), but I could definitely see it in vivid blue and purple. Or a pinky purple joined to a bluey purple.


The little ties are perfect for holding the shawl together. They do limit the ways that you can wear it, but for a piece this small there aren't many possibilities anyway.


The Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool made for a most intriguing knit. As much as it looks like fingering, it knit up on U.S. #5 needles just like a DK. And although it felt like string while knitting, it washed and blocked into an amazingly light and soft fabric. And it stretched a lot (as I had been warned). Not a problem for this shawl; it fact I wanted it to stretch.

For more adventures with this yarn visit Prime Time Knitter, who has just completed a sweater in Silky Wool and Obsessed With Knitting, who is making a skirt out of it (A skirt! Are you impressed? I am).

8 comments:

Luni said...

That came out lovely. I like the two colors together, and I like that it is a bit larger than the one in the pattern photo.

Leigh said...

Oh, it's lovely! That's my kind of shawl.

Marjorie said...

That looks very nice indeed.

When I finally frog the set of Liv sleeves that I didn't use, I'm thinking of a lacy scarf. I hope it turns out as well as your shawlette. But I must say that knitting with wool that has a memory is a huge treat after working with Silky Wool and Cotton Fleece. I guess I'm just a 100% wool kind of gal.

Delighted Hands said...

I am impressed-beautiful results and I never would have thought of lace as being a quick project-you are encouraging me to try some again!

beverlyanne said...

Thank you for the comment and blog mention. The shawlette is really lovely. The two closely related colors make a more striking design feature than I wuld have imagined. I guess all of us knittres manage multiple projects. It only makes sense to have small, mindless, and more more complex projects ging for various moods and situations.

SNOWBIRD said...

I really like the shawlette. It is just enough cover. Thinking what yarn to use to make it super dressy for the symphony.

Mae said...

The lace work is beautiful! I am finding lace to be so exciting! And thanks for the comments on my blog, the cami was so fun to make.

Sheila said...

The shawletee is very pretty. I love the bicolor effect. I think it looks even better with 2 colors than the original.