Sunday, February 21, 2010

So I finished a shawl for me

This is out of Mini Mocchi, and I made up the pattern as I went along. I wanted to cast on the long way and decrease until done, because the other shawl I made did it the other way, and I was so discouraged about facing a long row, I didn't want to finish it. I think if you start with the long rows, you get the enthusiasm of starting a new project to help you over the "OMG these long rows are going to kill me!" feelings. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that if you don't decrease *every* row, you'll end up with a giant square. And the edges could have been deeper to prevent curling, but a good block still takes care of that.

Mini Mocchi is what Noro ought to be - texturally this is lovely yarn, nice and soft, and the colors are delicious with the long gradual shifts. This is sold as a one ply sock yarn, but anyone nuts enough to use a one ply sock yarn deserves to wear out their socks very quickly. I'd use this for baby sweaters, hats, scarves, and of course, shawls.

I don't remember how many I cast on, but it had to be divisible by 7 (number of stitchmarkers available) plus 4. I think it was 22 stitches between stitchmarkers. Garter stitch four rows. Then k2, yo, ssk, k to marker, yo, ssk, k to marker, yo, ssk, k to marker, k2tog, yo, k3tog, yo, skk, k to marker, k2tog, yo, k to marker, k2tog, yo, k to marker, k2tog, yo, k2. Purl back. The k3tog in the middle will very very slowly eat the stitches.