With the weather finally turning autumny in the UK its surely time to crack on with this scarf, except it’s not a scarf really is it, it’s a shawl. We don’t really make traditional long scarves anymore do we? I’m going to ditch shawl knitting and get back into scarves.
After this one though of course. This is the third project I’ve attempted with the ironically named Wendy Happy self-striping sock yarn. This yarn has not made me at all happy, its quite nice to knit with until you hit all the joins. Now I know its supposed to be acceptable to find knots in your yarn these days but it bloody isn’t when there are a ton of them and there has been no attempt to join the yarn with the right colour. Actually I don’t think it is acceptable to find joins in a ball of yarn at all let alone several of them.
Anyway I’m wandering off the track. I pulled back the socks because it was absolutely lousy as a sock yarn but I think it will be fine for a shawl. I went for a very forgiving easy shawl pattern – Knit Night by Louise Zass-Bangham. LZ-B is one of my favourite knitting designers because her patterns are so simple they’re great for showing off nice yarn.
Course that was went wrong, because this isn’t nice yarn is it? I think a self striping yarn worked against the pattern so I pulled this one back too. Its not been going well has it?
The longer the rows got the less well the garter stitch stripes worked. So I started again using the Knit Night pattern as a basis to do something a bit different. I’ve added purl to lessen the colour clash and when that got boring I started adding in some randomly placed eyelets. I am placing them randomly because I like the effect of a shawl looking a bit like a Victorian heirloom full of moth holes. Its quite hard to explain a random pattern but here goes…
I purl when I’m on a wrong side row and the row below is a different colour to the one I’m knitting with (otherwise its all garter stitch). Eyelets can only go in on a right side row (always garter stitch) and they can only go in when the row below was purl of the same colour as you’re currently knitting with and only when a car passes my flat if I’m 10sts or more into the row.
I really like it. I might try to make my own pattern with my random techniques. I might.