Now that Yarn Forward 23 has hit the shops I can talk about the mystery shawl! This issue gives the pattern for the centre, with the borders next month and the lace with one after that. There will also be a final article the month after on how to block a shawl. THAT will show the reality of trying to block a big shawl in a hurry on the kitchen floor… I am not sure whether they will print the pic of Scottie investigating it….
I used ColourMart 2/28 for it. When Kerrie asked me to do a mystery shawl I had that in my stash and knew it was right – I wanted something coloured, not white, and I had the two cones sitting there… It can, of course, be done in any yarn – I have given details for the normal 2 ply/lace weight, and have also suggested it would work as a throw done in thicker yarn.
That issue also has an article I wrote about how to get your designs published – talk about doing myself out of a job!! But there are some lovely designs out there that people have done for themselves which deserve a wider audience, as well as some awful published designs…!!
Meanwhile, I have been working with the cotton DK I got from Lidl. When I did the swatch I realised the pattern was giving a slightly scalloped edge, so I though I would use that in the design. The neck will be square, and it will have short, set in sleeves. Working with a lacy pattern means that shaping can be tricky and if you want folk of all abilities to be able to cope with it you need simple garment shapes.
So far I have done the back and am on the front. I will do the neck band next and see how much yarn I have left over. I am not sure yet whether to do short sleeves, or whether to do slightly longer ones which can be rolled up. The yarn may make the final decision for me – or the look of the completed body and neck might do it! THAT is why I almost always knit the designs myself….!!