Saturday, March 30, 2013

FO: Stray Cat Shawl


I was up at Mom's today, using up the leftover dye from the little monsters' adventure, so I took the opportunity to get some pictures of the Stray Cat shawl.
This was a fun little knit. I've never made a shawl with this construction before. But the directions are really well written, and once I got into the swing of things, it was easy.  The pattern has four sizes - this is the medium - and I think it would be really nice in one of the larger sizes.

I love the two-colour design, and the lace border is so pretty. The increase rows are cleverly hidden by twisting the stitches - a new technique that I love! The designer gives you two options for the bind off. There's an i-cord bind off, which is really cool - or a simple garter edge, which is what I did. The only mod I made was in the blocking. As you know, I love to block the bejeezers out of lace, so I did so, giving it nice pointy egdes. The designer keeps a nice smooth rounded edge on hers - which works to - but I like pointy!

This one was knit in Slinky Cat - colours are aqua and peacock. You really lose all the colour changes in the peacock, but it's still an nice complement to the aqua. The Slinky is one of my favourite shawl yarns - with 50% silk it has fantastic drape and a gorgeous sheen.

I've already got my next shawl picked out, but it's going to have to wait till after the move... now where are those WIPs...


6 comments:

Zenitude said...

It's always a good feeling when we complete a WIP but if its a great shawl like yours it must be so great. It's beautiful!

gayle said...

It's beautiful! I like the pointy bits, too.
Layla looks like a fun project. I hope your move goes smoothly so you can start it soon!

Nancy Kay said...

Wow. That shawl is simply stunning. Love the colors and pattern. It's got a real contemporary look to it! Very nice work!!

Have a wonderful day!

Dee said...

I think the "pointy" is what makes it so beautiful! Nice finish!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Stunning! The colours look great on you too! I think I like it better agressively blocked to points the way you have it!

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

So pretty!