I suddenly realised that I have forgotten to show you my finished Lilli Pilli!
Some thoughts on knitting and wearing this shawl:
- It is pleasantly large. Since moving to the Wairarapa, where it is colder in Winter than in Wellington, I have come to appreciate the larger shawl. More corking over the winter coat!
- The schematics on this pattern drove me a bit nuts. The pattern says it is meant to be 185cm/73cm, but each section of shawl did not have a measurement. If knitted according to the gauge measurements, the shawl would have been a lot shorter (about 145cm) and I wasn’t quite sure if I’d be able to block a whole 40cm (about a foot) into the shawl. So, I knitted as follows:
- First section – 30cm (12”) slightly stretched when laid out on the carpet.
- Second section (lace) – knitted 10 repeats as instructed because that’s all the yarn I had in the red colourway and I needed to save the rest for the second lace section. Section measures 44cm (17”) slightly stretched when laid out on the carpet.
- Third – 79cm (31”). Could not bear to knit any more stripes (I did about 110 stripes (220 rows) in the end) and after draping it around my neck figured it was long enough.
- Fourth – 12cm (4.5”). Ran out of yarn at exactly 4 repeats. Decided on balance not to add more lace repeats using the other colours in the shawl, and finished with a picot bind off in a contrasting colour to give it a slightly feminine ‘pop’.
- The total shawl length is approx 64” (165cm) spread out on the floor but unblocked. It is still shorter than the pattern’s specification of 73” (185cm) but having found the right way to wear it, I am satisfied and in fact, I think it is the perfect length. The yarn is very stretchy, as it is sock yarn, and I suspect that stretchy quality is making up for the lack of specified length.
- I used Knitsch 100% merino sock in Silver Lining and Pencarrow. (approx 120gms of each) and an entire 100gm hank of a very similar 100% merino supertwist base but dyed by another dyer (who no longer dyes).
- It looks very lovely and apart from the grizzles about lack of measurements in the schematic, the pattern is very well written. And I love the combination of lace and garter (even if I hate knitting garter stitch. :-))
- The shape of the shawl is interesting. It does not drape around my shoulders very well – the way I am wearing it looks best for me. It seems to be that way for most people though – if you have a look at other Ravelry projects of this shawl, most have ended up wearing around the neck as opposed to the shoulders.
So there you have it!