Wednesday, May 4, 2011

FO: Pix Shawl

I've been doing quite a bit of test knitting lately. Some for Tri'Coterie and others just because. I quite like the process of test knitting a new pattern - it gives me a chance to get an idea of do's and don'ts for my own pattern writing (whether it be layout, wording, how to explain things, using charts) and I think my tech editing skills are improving because of it. Hopefully it will help my own pattern writing process - turning ideas into something coherent that others can use.

I belong to a test knitting group on Ravelry and recently volunteered to test knit a shawl pattern. It's exactly the kind of thing I enjoy knitting while listening to an audiobook - a plain body that knits itself as you listen and then some lace at the bottom. In this case it was easy feather and fan so I quickly put my name down to test.

That's our new diva cat - Mandy. She lived in our house before us and didn't want to move with her owner. When we found her she was a skinny feral ball of knots and now she is very much (the fat) Queen of the house -our pillow stealing, neighbours cat food eating and inquisitive FO photographing cat that acts like we have owned her forever. We love her.

The pattern called for sportweight but I had quite a bit of Spotlights Basic Merino that they were selling a few years ago. It's very thin and I have been using it as a sub for sportweight. 4mm needles, two colour stripes. I used about 550m so it is quite big - longer than my arm span and very snuggly because the yarn is pure wool and somewhere between 4 and 8 ply in thickness. I think it might be nice around my shoulders in bed when I am reading or over my knees on a cold night. Winter is definitely making itself known here and it was nice to make something a bit warmer.

The pattern is for sale and you can find the pattern link here.


  1. Oooh it's really nice! Love the stripes and colour choices!

  2. That turned out great! Love the colors you chose.

  3. turned out lovely :-) surprising to me how simple and beautiful something like feather and fan can be.

  4. It's lovely! I love feather and fan! Beautiful!:-)