There are a few things that need blocking and photographing before I can show them, so let’s start the week with an older finished object (FO): my Free Your Fade shawl. I kept track of the progress of this shawl on Ravelry and I noticed that I finished this pretty much exactly one year ago… So it’s about time to show it to you here as well!
About the Pattern
The Free Your Fade shawl is another pattern by Andrea Mowry and it is the second pattern of her that I made after finishing my Birds of a Feather shawl. If you are looking for mindless TV-knitting, than this is the perfect pattern. Soothing rows of garter stitch with a row of eyelets every now and then make it a joy to knit. The pattern is available in a fingering version as well as a version for DK weight yarn and when you purchase the pattern you get both.
About the Yarn
I chose to make the DK version and this was my initial yarn choice: Three shades of Wol met Verve Vigorous DK. I’m such a fan of this yarn. The colours are beautiful and the yarn is a lovely and plump one. A dream to knit with!
Re-thinking the Colours
I started knitting my Free Your Fade in September of the last year and I recall doing some outdoor knitting in the garden while we still had nice weather. After the first section I added the second colour and some rows later I started to get second thoughts about my chosen colours. I wrote about it here on the blog.
It turned out that I had a perfect matching skein of Kate Selene’s DK yarn in my stash! Yay, I was saved! I made a swatch to make sure that it would really work with the other two colours and it did! Sometimes colours look so different when the yarn is on hank or rolled into a ball. It’s not always easy to judge what the colours will look like when knitted.
After that little incident, finishing it was a breeze! It is such a relaxing knit… And I am so happy that I took the time to look at my colour choices again!
What I Learned From This One
Honestly, I still consider myself a beginner when it comes to knitting. I am getting more and more confident which each project that I make and I do like to challenge myself to learn something new every time.
In this pattern, the way of shaping the shawl was new to me and it is a style that I really like. I do like triangular shawls, but I prefer a flat version instead of the deep triangular shape. I find that easier to wear, especially when the yarn is a little thicker. Deep triangular shapes (with a 90° corner or tip) create so much bulk when worn under a coat. So this asymmetrical one is perfect for me!
I could also practice eyelets in different shapes and… I did a picot bind-off! Yay for me, haha! Seriously, it looks so pretty!
Let’s continue to the final part of this blog post… the photos! I am not going to spend a lot of words on them other than… ENJOY!
Thank you for visiting my blog and reading about my yarny activities. And, as usual, all details of this shawl can be found on the Ravelry project page.