Knitting (and especially crochet) has a stigma for those that aren’t into the hobby. When you tell a lot of people you’re knitting something, I think a lot of people automatically picture scratchy, crappy yarn of doom from Walmart or Hobby Lobby and ugly, ugly doilies. And there’s still plenty of people that are using those materials and making those kind of projects.
For me, that is exactly where I used to classify shawls. Shawls are made of lace, lace is an integral part of doilies, you get where I’m going here. However, thanks to Ravelry, and being part of a group that has several members that are into shawls, I have realized that like anything with knitting, you can beautiful, modern, and trendy. I am officially on the shawl bandwagon. I am even toying with creating a shawl pattern.
When we went on vacation in the fall, we spent the night in Fort Collins, Colorado, and I was determined to buy some yarn before we left. The yarn store I visited was pretty limited in what they had, but they did have some Tosh Merino Light by Madelinetosh.
I decided to splurge and get some. But then I’m always torn. What do I make? Especially with only one ball? I have a ton of hats, mitts, cowls, etc. And because Tosh Merino Light is a single (not plyed), I knew whatever I knit needed to be something that wouldn’t get much wear. So I said, ‘screw it, I’m going to make a shawl.’
I wanted something basic, lace is easy enough as far as knitting the actual stitches, the difficulty comes in keeping track of where you are on charts. Easier said than done. I’ve tried knitting Bigger on the Inside twice, and I don’t know if I would be able to pull it out and pick up where I left off without messing something up. Enter Simple Lines. Aesthetically, I actually prefer shawls that don’t have a crazy ton of lace. This pattern is a nice balance of stockinette with some eyelets thrown in and a lace border.
The only hard thing left is keeping myself motivated through yards and yards of ever increasing rows. I think that’s what really kills me about shawls. In the beginning, you truck along because there’s only a handful of stitches on the needles. Then it grows. And grows. And grows.
This pattern calls for ~ 700 to 800 yards of fingering weight yarn. I’m enjoying the Tosh Merino Light. It is so incredibly soft, but because it is a single, I encounter little fluff balls on it every now and then. No biggie, but it makes me treat this yarn with kid gloves. I’m knitting it on Chiaogoo Bamboo circs. in size 5. The yarn moves pretty well on them. I’ve had a little bit of splittiness with the yarn, but I think if I was using needles with a sharper point, it would be worse.
I cast on back at the start of November, and I am just now done with the 5th eyelet row (there are 6 total and then I do the lace edging), but this project sat in a tote for most of December and January. I’m nearing the end! Yay! Another plus, this pattern is basic enough that I was able to work on it while watching the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead. Woo hoo! No mistakes (that I found).
In other news, I am now obsessed with having my yarn in cakes. Just need a umbrella swift and a ball winder, right?
Hoping to finish this up for the WIP event in the Ravellenics, so that means I need to finish by February 23rd. I think I can do it! I still have 13 days to go!