FO: Freesia Shawl

Freesia Shawl
Pattern: Freesia Shawl
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette (Larch Heather)
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Finishing this shawl makes me want to knit all the lacy fingering-weight shawls. I rarely knit them, but they’re immensely satisfying when I finally complete them. And the last four that I’ve knit, I’ve given away. But this one is mine.

Needless to say, I’m very pleased with this shawl. I used yarn from my stash. Yarn that I purchased in August 2013. It matches my winter coat and my favorite not-knitted winter hat, both of which are somewhat masculine in appearance. I wanted something lacy (but not too lacy) and army green to wear with them. This is that thing.

Freesia Shawl

The garter stitch body was wonderfully unfussy, and the applied lace edging was eventually memorable. I chipped away at it rather inconsistently while working on other projects, and the garter section took me six days, whereas the edging took me 22 days.

The only change I made was knitting the  Left Leaning Decrease  as ssp on the wrong side. (The chart legend defines that symbol as ssk, period.)

WIP Summary: January 2017

New Beginnings (WIP)
Pattern: New Beginnings
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios (Playa, Paris Night)

I’m so close to finishing this. I have six rows left in the MC, but I’m about to run out of yarn. I can’t find this colorway at a local store, and I’m not quite ready to pay for shipping on a single hank of yarn. (And I’m not supposed to buy yarn right now.) The alternative is to finish those last few rows of the lace section using my CC, then knit the garter stitch border and bind off in the CC, as planned. What would you do? Splurge on the hank of Playa? Switch to Paris Night?

Freesia Shawl (WIP)
Pattern: Freesia Shawl
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette (Larch Heather)

Yesterday, I passed the halfway point on the attached lace edging. I’ve completed 14 of the 21 edging reps. I can’t wait to get this off my needles, because I don’t actually have a fingering weight shawl of my own. I’m also excited to see how this looks when it’s blocked, because right now — well, you know how it is — it looks like a pile of… unblocked lace.

Grettir (WIP)
Pattern: Grettir
Yarn: Ístex Léttlopi (1407)

Although it’s all stockinette, knitting sleeves somehow seems much slower-going to me than knitting the body of a sweater. I spend a few hours each week on these, and it seems like they’ll never reach their proper length. For my next stranded sweater, I might consider knitting the body and yoke first, so that I can knit the sleeves top-down.


I’m also chipping away at a Meadow Road pullover. I finally decided to leave it at my boyfriend’s apartment, so that I have a dedicated Home Away From Home project. I’d like to finish it in time to wear this spring, but I’ve had considerably less free time this year than I thought I would.

And I’m on the verge of completing my fourth Langoz pullover, which needs to be ready to gift by Sunday.