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Friday, 28 November 2014
The Accidental FO
The accidental FO
How does one
accidentally create an FO?
If like me, you tend
to jump into things with both feet, it's quite simply really.
A chance mention by
Victoria of the wonderful Eden Cottage Yarns about a forthcoming KAL made my
knitterly ears prick up. The pattern in question is a wonderful shawl -
Quadratic - designed by David O'Kelly. Using 1.5 skeins of sock weight yarn this is a
generous garter stitch shawl which uses small scraps of leftovers or mini
skeins to create fun, colourful and rather addictive stripes.
Garter stitch - check
Mini skeins - check
2 skeins of delicious
ECY Titus sitting in my stash - check
Faster than you can
say KNIT! I was off and away.
The work week from
hell, kids homework woes (curse you, long division) and a husband working on a
different continent meant that I was sorely in need of a soothing garter stitch
(and red wine).
Quadratic shawl by David O'Kelly
Without giving away
the "secret sauce", the pattern has you start out with a large number
of stitches and then work decreases until the end. At the beginning the more
closely spaced stripes spur you on to work "just one more row". And
once you are past the half way point, the ever decreasing stitch count means
that the project just flies off the needles.
It is rare for me to
knit a shawl so quickly, especially one with 150m of yarn but this was a true
pleasure. A sort of "perfect storm" of pattern, yarn and stress and I
am truely delighted with the finished product.
The shawl measures a
generous 55" by 25" after very gentle blocking and patting (lots of patting) and
it is wonderfully wearable.
Quadratic shawl - in action
Of course there is
the minor detail of the fact that I have managed to start and finish the shawl
before the official start date of Dec 1st.
Drat! Oh well, I will
just have to make another. It's a hard life ;)
For all the KAL details check the ECY group on Ravelry - here