I have finished knitting something. I know, shocking. Sorry to stun you like this early in the morning. 🙂
Awhile ago I was going through the craft room and found a little metal tin with tiny balls of yarn in it, mohair with a touch of lurex. The best I can figure out it must’ve been this Artyarns kit. I don’t typically work with mohair and I don’t recall buying this so it may have been a gift. The beaded mohair skein was nowhere to be found, so I was left with roughly 400 yards of silk-mohair blend divided into 3 skeins, a dark grey, grey, and whitish grey.
Honestly, it looked a lot less than 400 yards. I must’ve wound them into balls at some point and they were tiny.
I didn’t want to follow the kit’s pattern. When you look at it, that pattern would be best done via crochet, and I wanted some mindless knitting, so I winged it.
As you can see, it’s an asymmetric shawlette. The pattern is your standard basic triangular shawl. I wanted it to be less of a shawl and more of a shawl-shaped scarf, and I think it’s skinny enough for that.
Cast on 5.
Foundation row: Knit across.
Row 2: Knit 1. Knit 1 front and back (increase.) Knit to the end of the row until 3 stitches left on the needle. Knit 2 together. Knit 1.
Row 3: Knit to the end of the row until 2 stitches left on the needle. Knit front and back. Knit 1.
Rinse and repeat. It gives you kind of triangular, slightly curved shape.
Edit: As I was adding this to library on Ravelry, I realized where I had learned this shawl shape. I’d made Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander at some point years ago, so you can just follow that pattern for garter.
At some point I decided to add a lace section.
Row 1 and 2: Knit.
Row 3: Do the increase (Knit 1. Knit 1 front and back.) *Yarn over. Slide 2 stitches onto right needle, knit one, push the slipped stitches over it (3 stitches to 1 decrease.) Yarn over. Knit 1. Repeat from *
Row 4: Knit.
I repeated rows 3-4 3 times and finished the section off with 2 rows of knit.
Alternate garter and lace until you are tired of it, or until like me, you run out of yarn.
The advantage of this lace is that it’s garter lace. I didn’t feel like purling. The whole thing was pretty mindless. Surprisingly, it looks nice and it is very, very soft.
Normally I would block the crap out of that lace, but I am hesitating. Mohair gets weak when wet and I really don’t want it to felt. Plus, I’m not sure crisp lace would go with the look of the shawlette.
I do have to say, if you are looking for upscale fade yarn, where the colors blend almost seamlessly, this wasn’t a bad combo. The dark grey had a ton of silver in it. If you decide to buy Artyarns mohair, Webs sometimes has it on sale. I checked and today it’s a full price, but I’ve seen it at a discount there before, I think. Also Webs just got in a hand-dyed version of Lana Grossa. I might try that next.
Now I have to figure out what to knit with it.