Thursday, 2 June 2011

Fantasia Shawl

I have finished knitting but have not blocked nor sewn the ends in on the May Mystery 220 item - the Storm Cloud Shawlette by Hanna Breetz (all Ravelry links).

My version is slightly larger. The pattern calls for 137-192 metres of 4ply (fingering) yarn; I used most of a 400m yarn of Moda Vera Noir sock yarn in the colourway "Fantasia" (hence the title of this post). This is how much yarn I had left after I cast off.

I really like the pattern, the way the part-circle works and the slight ruffle effect of the outer (largest) ring but I think my choice of yarn could have been better! I really wanted a new project (I had, after all, finished four projects last week) and this one looked good. I have lots of sock yarn in my stash; but it's mostly self striping and that didn't help this pattern at all.

I was glad to get it done because I didn't like knitting on my Knitpicks Options 5mm (US 8) needles; lately I have been mostly knitting on Knitpicks Harmony needles and much prefer the wooden ones. I bought the nickel plated Options before the Harmony needles became available in Australia and wish I had waited but, of course, I didn't know the Harmony needles were coming or just how wonderful they are!

I also think the size is a little small to be useful but I guess a little covering is better than none at all!


  1. I think it looks really pretty!

    I like my harmony needles more than the nickel too - but still use both (mostly harmonies though!)

  2. Very pretty! This pattern looks like it will be revisited many times to try different yarns-I like it in the stripes here!
    (I loved the harmony needles but split them too many times to enjoy them!)

  3. i'm definitely more of a harmony girl too! They hold the yarn better I think .


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