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!