Here it is, the 12th - 12 shawls in 2012 post! I thought it would be appropriate to share Keith's "Shawl (I suppose when making a shawl for a man it is more kind to call it a scarf) on his 29th birthday. Happy Birthday, Keith! I selected the Daybreak Shawl by Stephan West in size Small for Keith.
Palette (1 ball each) of Mongoose (A; 33g consumed) and Verdant Heather (B; 49 g consumed). I love the way the mongoose plays off of the brown heather flecks in the green. I checked the color combo with Keith before I started knitting and he approved of it, too. Even though this was to be his Christmas present, I had shown him the pattern months before I decided to start knitting it for him to see if he thought it were appropriate for a man. (The shawls was designed to be unisex BY a man, but I still needed to double check that Keith would approve of it!)
I have never successfully done a garter stitch tab before. It was easier to do this time because I was using size 4 needles with palette yarn rather than size 7. In the past I've just CO 7 sts and then knit a second row. You really cannot tell if you didn't know what you were looking for... But in the spirit of trying new things, I decided to suck it up and give it a go this time.
Notes from the constructions:
- Section 1 - for 133 sts, 66 sts-center-66 sts.
- I decided to do 13 stripes rather than 12. I have plenty of yarn (50 g remain after 12 stripes completed) and I wanted the scarf to be a tad bit bigger.
- I stopped counting stitches, I figured that if I missed a M1 it wouldn't be too big of a deal.
- 46 g remain after 13 stripes.
- I used a stretchy bind off (K1, K2tog-tbl)
|The unblocked shawl|
|How I might have blocked the shawl if I were making it for a woman.|
|Blocking a straight edge was pretty difficult for me. I cannot wait to get my hands on some blocking wires, they would help me make a straighter edge.|