Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Butterfly Forest

 I  knitted this shawl for a fellow Raveler in return for some of her dyeing skills. I'm very taken by gradient coloured yarns these days and I believe its a bit tricky to do. I was very pleased when I found someone who was willing to dye some yarn for me and even more pleased when she was willing to do it in exchange for a shawl.

So here is the Butterfly Forest shawl (a Ravelry download). The yarn is Filatura Di Crosa Baby Mon Tesor. Its hard to see in the photos but the yarn has a silver thread running through it. I started this shawl on 3.75mm needles but by the time I was into the second chart I felt that the yarn was too stiff and I was worried that it wouldn't open up enough when blocked. So I gradually switched to 4.0mm needles and then to 4.5mm. By then I could feel the yarn soften in my hands and I new I would also get better drape.

The pattern has plenty of nupps in it but since I discovered doing nupps with a crochet hook I find it goes much quicker and I no longer drop loops along the way.

I found it difficult to capture the colour of the yarn but the last photo comes close.


Annie said...

Lovely pattern. How fast you can knit!

Suzanne Warren said...

The shawl is gorgeous. You must have a whole cupboard full of beautiful ones by now!

Mary said...

Wow! That is really beautiful!

Bells said...

so many wonderful shawls you make. Always inspiring!

Ozifarmer said...

Thanks Amanda, I love it and it has brought a few comments when I wore it to work

I was tempted to tell them I knitted it myself but was afraid they'd then want me to make them one too.

lunaticraft said...

Your work is always so stunning!