Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Angel Shawl

When I was at the Fiber Festival last weekend one booth had these really cool looking shawls. I'm calling them Angel Shawls because they were so light and airy. They were knit in stocking knit with a lace weight mohair combined with a bulky weight wool and done on big needles. The end result was so pretty I had to experiment as soon as I got home. That night I went to my stash and casted on…One trick is to knit these on straight needles. I guess the mohair stitches 'collapse' and get stuck on circulars. Then I had a trick of my own - to keep the 65 stitches from falling off the end of my needles. I cut up some scrap cardboard, punched a hole in them and slid them onto my 17s. So far so good - my stitches are staying put!Thanks Mary Turak of the Yarn Shop in Glen Arbor (wish I had a link for her) for explaining how you did these pretty shawls!

7 comments:

Kirsten said...

What a gorgeous texture that creates!! Lovely.

Cinnamonamon said...

Fun; and pretty, too! I think Mason Dixon has something like this; they call it scribble lace?

You have to try the firestarters. She has pretty straightforward instructions for the different techniques. I might skip the short row toe, though. It's kinda messy looking... I'm going to try the turkish cast on with my next pair of toe-ups: http://fluffyknitterdeb.blogspot.com/2005/10/knitting-made-easier-turkish-cast-on.html

:)

Denise said...

Wow, it almost looks like the yarn has little shells hanging from it! Can't wait to see it finished.
I'd like to try knitting something lacy soon, but first... I have another sock to finish!
Have a super day
:-)

StarSpry said...

It does look like shells!

Great idea using the cardboard to keep your stitches on the needle :)

a friend to knit with said...

ok, LOVE this!
I may be poking around in my stash this afternoon!
Can't wait to see this finished.
Oh, and you are very clever....love the new idea!

Kaet said...

beautiful! can't wait to see what it looks like when it is done.

knittin gin said...

That does look like scribble lace! I've done a couple of scarves using it. It's such a beautiful effect and the thicker yarn will give it a really nice drape. What yarns are you using?