FO: Clementine Shawlette

17 Apr

Pattern: Clementine Shawlette, from Interweave Knits, Spring 2007

Yarn: RYC Silk Wool DK in Porcelain, 4.2 skeins

Needles: US 6

Notes: I’ve been on a bit of a shawl kick lately, having finished more in the last 2 months than in my entire knitting career. I loved this shawl when it first appeared in IK, but I had my doubts about the usefulness of the shape. Recently, casting about for a project to carry with me to Chicago, I decided to give this a try, using some RYC Wool Silk DK that has been in my stash for over a year. It was ok, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t buy it again – I think it’s pricey for what youg et.

I started out using size 5 needles, but I was unhappy with the way the yarn felt using size 5s, so I restarted using size 6 needles. As a result, this shawl is 4 inches wider than the pattern specs. I’m happy about this, because I questioned how useful the original size would have been. I shortened each piece by 3 inches, because I have small shoulders, and I’m happy with the resulting size.

Now let’s talk about the grafting, a source of much discussion on Ravelry.  I’m pretty comfortable with kitchener stitch, so I didn’t try any special grafting tricks.  I did end my pattern repeats after row 2, so that I could get a smoother graft.  I grafted from the front of the piece.  It took about half an hour, and I’m happy with the result.  It isn’t invisible of course, but no graft would be, and I’m happy that it looks ok.

The best part is that it matches one of my favorite dresses, and camouflages that the top of the dress is a bit too big – yay!

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23 Responses to “FO: Clementine Shawlette”

  1. cory April 17, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and I thought I’d say hi. The shawlette is beautiful – it looks nice with the extra width!

  2. mick April 17, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    It’s funny, I wasn’t impressed with the pattern in the mag but, now that I see it knitted up, I really love it. Very nice!

  3. Mackenzie April 17, 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    This is so pretty! I always wonder about the wearability of shawls, but yours look great.

  4. peacockchic April 17, 2008 at 9:13 pm #

    Wow that really does go with the dress. It came out wonderfully and works so well with your hair. Great job!

  5. mai April 17, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    very pretty! it goes well with your dress

  6. Tammy April 17, 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    Wonderful! It looks just perfect with that dress too!

  7. Heather April 17, 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    Lovely! I use my Clementine much more than I thought I ever would.

  8. Priscilla April 18, 2008 at 1:32 am #

    I kind of over looked this pattern when I saw it in IK, but now that I’ve seen a couple of versions of this shawlette, I definatly considering making one of my own. Yours looks very pretty and I simply adore your dress!

  9. silencepainter April 18, 2008 at 8:06 am #

    Wow! It looks great!

  10. jen jen April 18, 2008 at 8:14 am #

    the color is so beautiful, and you wear it well….i may need to try this

  11. Knit-Eat-Sleep April 18, 2008 at 9:11 am #

    Stunning and what a great color! I am adding this to my list of things I want to knit after seeing it on you! :)

  12. desiknitter April 18, 2008 at 9:21 am #

    That first picture had me gasp out loud. The combination of the shawl and dress is stunning on you. Lovely colour, and it does seem comfortable on your shoulders!
    Am curious about why you didn’t like the wool-silk.
    (have been lurking for a while, btw, but this post made me come out and say wow!)

  13. marycatharine April 18, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    Like other people have said I wasn’t to sure about the pattern from the mag but your version changed my mind. The extra width really makes a difference. It’s so gorgeous it makes me want to knit one even though I’ve never worn a shawl.

  14. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) April 18, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    You always manage to turn projects I didn’t give a second glance into projects I just love. Wonderful work, and beautiful on you, too!

  15. knittedgems April 18, 2008 at 11:21 am #

    This shawl complements your dress so nicely! It looks wonderful on you.

  16. Moggle April 18, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    It looks very pretty in that colour and goes nicely with your hair and dress.

  17. Roz April 18, 2008 at 1:38 pm #

    It looks absolutely adorable on you!

  18. Octopus Knits April 18, 2008 at 8:09 pm #

    It’s lovely! Great color (similar to the color I used for my mom’s Clementine)

  19. bufanditas April 19, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    WOW!!! Your Clementine looks even more attractive than the one shown in the patterm.

  20. Rachael April 19, 2008 at 8:18 am #

    That is really lovely, I had never considered knitting this but I’m going to go stick it in my ravelry queue now!

  21. princesspea April 19, 2008 at 11:46 am #

    I loved this so much when you posted it that I went out and found some alpaca silk yesterday, and started one of my own last night! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

  22. nettie April 20, 2008 at 8:41 pm #

    I love how your shawl matches your dress! It looks great, such an unusual color.

  23. Juls April 21, 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    looks beautiful and your photos are so helpful since the IK ones are so small. I love the size (thought it was tiny/skinnier in IK) and the color looks really smashing on you.

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