Afternoon Tea – A Shawl

I have a confession.  I love knitting circular shawls.  They take forever to knit, and they eat yarn, but they’re so pretty when you’re done.  On the other hand, I hate wearing circular shawls.  I always end up feeling like I’ve gotten my self into some sort of modern Elizabethan ruff situation.  I’m pretty sure that the ruff wasn’t a good choice for most people.  Even in it’s heyday.  So I see no reason to try and bring it back.

Accordingly I generally knit triangles, rectangles, and squares.  Then I came across the “Afternoon Tea” pattern in the Spring and Summer 2012 issue of “Knitty“.  Here’s the Link: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss12/PATTtea.php

I really liked everything about how it looked.  And while I’m not usually one to get sucked in by pretty pictures  I had to try it.  Also, I have to look for one of those Turkish tables for my living room.  The only other half-circle I had tried was “Summer Flies” also a “Knitty” pattern.  The pattern worked well, but I didn’t end up liking the proportions of my “Summer Flies”.  I assume operator error.  I probably should have made it deeper.

So when I started “Afternoon Tea” I bumped up the weight to a DK, and the needle size up to 8.  That’s a 5mm needle for all our metric minded friends.  I used Knitpick’s Cotlin in Moroccan Red.  Which seemed totally appropriate, and washable.  I love how it turned out.  I can’t wait to wear it.   In fact I like it well enough I’ve thought of taking the 70’s yarn someone gave me and making another one.  Wouldn’t that be something to behold??

Here are the pictures:

Not to much else going on with the knitting right now except some cowls.  Which I suspect I will need this winter.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

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Posted on October 13, 2012, in knitting and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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