Friday, May 11, 2012

Dressed Up Elly

I have fallen in love with knitting shawls. I have joined the Ravelry group 12 Shawls in 2012, so I now have a new goal! When I saw the Elly Dressed Up shawl pattern I knew that it would go perfectly with some yarn and beads that I had in my stash.

I knit this shawl with size 7 knitting needles (using plastic round needles that I inherited from my grandma.) The project consumed 68 g of Navy Palette (fingering weight) yarn.

I wasn't sure if I had enough beads, since the pattern specifes the number and beads are purchased by weight. According to beadstuff, are ~12 size 6/0 beads per gram, making my 3/4 oz (21.27 g) package having over 200 beads. Perfect!

Notes while knitting the pattern
  • I used the twisted loop cast on method and then added a purl row before starting the lace chart. This is a super stretchy cast on and it will help me conserve yarn.
  • After beads inserted on WS rows, I did a centered double decrease rather than the S1, K2tog, PSSO was written. This way the bead is centered. (I walso use a P sttich to insert the bead on WS rows.)
  • After the 24 lace rows I have 60 g of wool left.
  • I did the short rows without adding wraps.
  • Instead of having 1 sts at the end on each side after short rows, there are 2 sts remaining at each end. On the K round I knit to the end of the row to include those 2 sts, slipped the first stitch and purled back to finish the short rows (this way nothing was left hanging.) Then I could bind off.

I really need a larger blocking board. It was a bit cramped when I tried to block this shawlette. It would help if I could stagger the blocks some, but the way the corners fit together prevent this.

I will never change balls of yarn in the middle of a shawl ever again. I didn't show a picture, but if you hold the shawl up to the light you can see the woven ends through the cloth. Thankfully you do not see this when wearing the shawl!


  1. Ein wunderschönes Tuch hast du gestrickt. Die Farbe gefällt mir auch sehr gut.
    Liebe Grüße - Maleika

    1. Thank you so much, Maleika! (I love google translater: "A beautiful cloth you've knitted. The color I like also very good . Greetings")

  2. I too have become addicted to shawls and have done 4 shawlettes and 1 full sized shawl since the beginning of the year. I did not join the 12 in 12 group because for me it would be setting myself up for failure!

    I did, however, down load the pattern for this shawlette. Perhaps I can do as beautiful job as you did.

    Happy knitting!

    1. Ledra,

      You've already finished 5 and it is only May! You could always join later on if you get close and want the final encouragement.

      I need to get back to my shawl queue :)