October 02, 2006

Finished - Twisted Float

Pattern: Twisted Float Shrug by Annie Modesitt
Book: Vogue Knitting, Fall 2005

Yarn Brand: Lorna's Laces
Yarn Name: Shepherd Worsted
Yarn Colorway: Watercolor, Charcoal
Yarn Content: 100% Superwash Wool
Amount of yarn used: 5 balls Watercolor, 2 balls Charcoal (1 ball = 225 yards)

Yarn Brand: Lorna's Laces
Yarn Name: Grace
Yarn Colorway: Watercolor, Charcoal
Yarn Content: Boucle (Mohair/Wool Blend)
Amount of yarn used: 2 balls Watercolor, 2 balls Charcoal (1 ball = 120 yards)

Needle: Size 8 US 16", 24", 32", 40", 60" (Addis)

Gauge: 4.5 stitches = 1 inches in twisted float pattern

Dimensions: Inner diameter = 18.5", Outer diameter = 39"

Project Duration: 03/07/2006 - 09/21/2006 (6 + months)

Project Notes:
It’s finally done. I took entirely too long to knit this project. Just in time for Fall.

I modified the pattern a little just for sizing purposes. I really wanted it to fit my friend perfectly.

So, I measured and measured obsessively. My friend was neither a M or a L of the sizes given. She was in between. So I made some minor modifications to knit it slightly larger than a medium but smaller than a large.

I also made some changes to the sleeves. I didn’t want the armpit area to be too big and sag. So, instead of working even for the upper arm, I tapered it a little by decreasing 1 stitch per pattern repeat 4 times before starting to decrease 1 stitch every 4 rows. The entire sleeve took 7 repeats, just the perfect length.

I also changed the colors used for the trim. Instead of using the purple in the original pattern, I knitted with 1 strand of watercolor with 1 strand of charcoal held together. I really like the effect.

October 01, 2006

Am I nuts? (A poll for the KAL)

Ok, I finished my shrug back in July--happy with the results and moving on to other projects. My best friend liked my shrug so much that she asked me this weekend if I'd knit her one in exchange for yarn for a project of my choice. Yes--she'd pay for her yarn and mine! Can I actually go through this again? Would anyone else?

Finished but not happy

Hi all,
I have finished my shrug but am not happy about the obvious pattern/colour change lines along the body & both sleeves. How did others overcome this?