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Knit Shawl (WIP)

Update 6/5: Less than 25% to finish. Need to get more yarn.


Mostly for the fact that I’ve ventured back into knitting since December 2016, I am particularly impressed with this shawl that I finished knitting a couple of days ago.
The pattern is called Sweet Shawl. The item is described by; a link to the pattern website is provided within the post. The website is primarily in French, however there is some English translation, including the knit pattern instructions.

My finished shawl turned out smaller than the one displayed on the pattern website, because I different-sized knitting needles (used size 8 instead of 10.5). Yet it turned out that I’m able to wear the shawl comfortably while fitting nicely.

I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! in colors Amethyst, Rosy, and Ivory. It’s a lovely colorway 🙂 Knitting needles used are US size 8 5 mm.

Crocheting has been given a rest for about a month, maybe two months, now. I still continue to knit; knitting washcloths, which are intended to be given as gifts.

My focus has also shifted to working again on origami and kirigami, making a few different models, such as elephants, stars, flowers, and butterflies. I felt particularly proud when I created my own model of a star, which I’d like to produce a tutorial demonstrating the creation 🙂

I’ve begun practicing yoga, which was something I’ve always wanted to do for many years, yet I didn’t have the drive to start. All of a sudden one day, I felt the spark to begin. I’m not doing any kind of rigorous circuits, which I feel isn’t necessary for me. My goal is to practice the moves not only for physical fitness. In a later post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the western practice of yoga.

Update 6/9: I’m considering unraveling this piece to use in a knitting project.

I started this piece about a week ago. I’ll update the details on what yarn I used later. Check out my first completed virus shawl at the previous post below or here 🙂

Crocheted Virus Shawl

This shawl turned out beautifully! It was started and finished during the last week of December 2016 (I have other finished items from 2016 that I still need to post). It was my first experience in working with a piece that produces a lace-type pattern.

I used Lion Brand Yarns Baby Soft in two colors of Lavender and Lemonade, one skein of each color, and crochet hook size G. For this particular piece, I made 12 or 13 rows. 

There are a number of tutorials that demonstrate the construction of this shawl. I used the following tutorial:

It looks like he’s crocheting single crochet stitches.

First Knitted Scarf

From the time I picked up knitting again in mid-December 2016, I’ve made my first scarf, which was started and finished about three weeks ago. It turned out beautifully! I had initially intended it to be an infinity scarf, but settled on the scarf form (the pattern itself was actually for a cowl). Of course, I could always make another one as an infinity. The length of the scarf isn’t as long as I wanted it, because I ran out of yarn, and I was eager to wear it 🙂 It measures approximately 9.5″ wide by 52″ long.

Before starting this project, I knitted a good amount of dishcloths in an effort to practice knit stitches and purl stitches, as well as getting the dynamics of knitting at a comfortable and efficient level.

Materials and tools: Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! in Ivory, using U.S. 8 (5 mm) size needles. 

Pattern: Knitted Champagne Cowl by Expression Fiber Arts. The pattern is simple to knit and memorize. I think it’s great for beginners!

Loom Knitted Bouclé Scarves

Bouclé is an interesting type of material that may be made into fabric or yarn. As far as yarn is concerned, I’ve only seen it primarily made out of acrylic fiber, sometimes mixed with another fiber, such as nylon. 

I’ve found that it’s difficult using bouclé yarn whether in crocheting or knitting, because of its unique texture. However, it works well in loom knitting.

I had a particular boucle yarn in a green-yellow ombré color (I also have blue), which I bought many years ago, but I don’t remember which brand nor the exact name of the product. I made two scarves: one measures 49.5″ long by 5.5″ wide, and the other 63″ long by 5.5″ wide. I gave the longest one to an employee at work.

These two were worked in the round, so they have a tubular-like appearance; I’ll post a photo next time of what the opening looks like. Overall, they turned out nice. I think these are great and quick gifts to make for people 🙂

There may be a digital copy of this on the web. This was the pattern (from a Caron Simply Soft skein) I used in making two scarves (see first here and second here) using this exact pattern and one infinity scarf without the fringes. This could even be modified into a cowl.

This is a great pattern for beginners who would like a different texture to their scarves and cowls 🙂

Other Yarncraft

Earlier this month, I picked up my needles and got back into knitting. I was able to quickly re-learn casting on, the knit stitch, and purl stitch. I also learned several different ways of casting on, and a couple of ways in working the knit stitch and purl stitch.

I must say that I think you need to have a little more dexterity with knitting, because you’re handling and working with another tool, along with the challenge of the yarn slipping and sliding on the needles. But I know that with ongoing experience, all of that can be managed easily and efficiently.

I also got back into loom knitting with the circular or round looms.  I have yet to knit with the long, rectangular looms, which I plan to include in my yarncraft. Loom knitting definitely produces items quicker than needle knitting or crocheting. To me, I think using thicker yarns is ideal for loom knitting.

YouTube has greatly helped in relearning these methods, while learning new things within the craft. I’ve learned that each method of yarncraft can be used for specific projects, at least personally to me.