FO: Autumnal shawl

7 Jul

Pattern: Milkweed shawl by Laura Chau

Yarn: Socks that rock mediumweight in 24 karat

Needles: US 4

Notes: A bit early for this color perhaps, but come September I will be ready!  I had absolutely no problems with this pattern – there may have been some small errors (now corrected) in the written directions, but the charts were perfect.  I did get a wee bit tired of knitting – I long for something with purl rows now!  I always enjoy it when a pattern has everything written out, rather than making you guess, and this patttern answered all my questions.

The yarn… well, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped.  It was kind of stiff, and had that superwash squeak that I enjoy so little.  It really needed blocking, because it was pretty stiff off the needles.  It did soften up ok, and I absolutely love the color!  I did a russian bind off on the last row, and all that K2tog killed my hands – I’m not sure it would usually, but this yarn was just so unforgiving for some reason!  I am very glad that the lovely color will not be hidden in my shoes, and I’m plotting more sock yarn as shawls and scarves.

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19 Responses to “FO: Autumnal shawl”

  1. laura July 8, 2009 at 12:15 am #

    That looks super! I’m glad you enjoyed the pattern.

  2. Sally July 8, 2009 at 12:48 am #

    Pretty amazing. And what a great idea to use sock yarn for shawls. It seems like they would be more wearable then. Hmm…

  3. Kirsten Marie July 8, 2009 at 2:22 am #

    Beautiful. How much yarn did you use?

  4. Renee July 8, 2009 at 7:27 am #

    It’s lovely!! The colour is gorgeous on you.
    Definitely a pattern going into my queue!

  5. Alicia July 8, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    That looks awesome! Too funny, I am getting ready to cast on the same pattern and in almost the same color. I am using BMFA lightweight in Oregon Red Clover Honey. Great minds think alike! :)

  6. mick July 8, 2009 at 8:35 am #

    Such a pretty shawl! The haircut and color look really lovely, too. Does this mean you stopped trying to grow it out?

  7. Luni July 8, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    Very pretty. I especially like that first photo. It looks vintage, like a portrait taken in the 30′s or 40′s. I just bought sock yarn for a kerchief last night, but I forgot to check if it was superwash. I agree, it would be better it be untreated if it is not to be socks.

  8. Rachel July 8, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    I love that shawl and your dress is gorgeous. You are so pretty!!!

  9. Claire July 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    The color is gorgeous!!! Nice work :))))))

    haha, look, I have double chins!

  10. Sarah July 8, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    i absolutely love the shawl, and it goes so amazingly well with the adorable dress!

  11. Larissa July 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    I just happened to stumble across your site and I’ve fallen in love with it! That shawl is fantastic and the colour is gorgeous. I’m a Louisville native myself and I was curious where you buy yarn locally. My favourite knitting shop closed a few years ago and I’ve been bouncing between The Knit Nook on B-town road and a new place I found called Sophie’s Yarn way out near Lake Forest. Any suggestions?

    • Debby July 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

      I love your shawl (as a summer girl, I’ll pretend it’s a different color for now) :). Makes me want to get out the lace again. If you have any tips for styling vintage clothes with your knits, I’d love to read that post. I have some great purses and things, but always worry about looking costume-y. You always make things look just right!

  12. Jennifer July 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    How do you do a russian bind off?

  13. julie July 8, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful!! I love that sunny marigold colour. such an amazing FO!

  14. Jacey July 9, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    I love the color! The garter stitch looks amazing in the variegated yarn.

  15. Maureen July 10, 2009 at 5:20 pm #

    I love the shawl, and it looks great with that dress (as always in your FO posts)!

  16. Anna July 13, 2009 at 6:17 am #

    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and I love it. Lovely shawl, It goes well with that incredible dress! Your hair looks very pretty and vintagey too. =D

  17. tanyadiva July 16, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    Lovely! I’m thinking of doing it in the very last of my charcoal and white Koigu – seeing it on the body helps me get a picture of how it will come out. Merci!

  18. Jenny July 22, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    You’ve totally made me want to go out and buy this pattern : ) Beautiful FO as always…I’ve been enjoying your blog silently for awhile now…but this project really made me want to comment!

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