I bought this great yarn (Karabella Margrite, an 8ply/DK 80/20 merino/cashmere blend) when an Australian online yarn store closed down a few years ago – there were only 5 balls in the red, an awkward amount for a project – not enough for a garment but too much for most accessories – but I couldn’t resist. Like all good knitters, I knew the yarn would tell me what it wanted to be eventually.
Until one day in December last year, I had the knitting blahs, so I decided it was time, time to start my own huge red Shetland Triangle.
Pattern: Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl by Evelyn A Clark, from Wrap Style. A lovely, easy, beautiful pattern, which uses the fir cone lace stitch pattern which I love! Looks like a blobby mess pre-blocking…but apply water and a some Soak wool wash and magic happens.
The pre-blocked size was 144cm/57″ across the wingspan, and 65cm/25.5″ deep.
Post-blocking, I achieved a wingspan of 190cm/75″ and depth of 98cm/38.5″. Fabulous!
Yarn: Karabella Margrite, 4.5 x 50g balls. This yarn is expensive, but has amazing yardage (154yd/141m per 50g ball)! I ended up doing 13 repeats of the body pattern and tossed up whether to do another, but really didn’t want to end up short of yarn, and I’m glad I made the right choice, I wouldn’t have had enough for that extra repeat.
Sticks: 5.5mm KP Harmony Options
Time: 9 December 2009 – 9 April 2010. While the beginnings of the shawl went quickly, I thought it was never going to end – those final rows were quite long! But I got there in the end!
And I’m so glad I did, I love it! It will be my lovely winter blanky shawl. If only it would actually get cold here – we’re in mid-Autumn and still having daytime temperatures of 25C or higher (that’s 77F for my US friends). Not that I’m really complaining. But this weather is not so good for the knitwear!