Sunday, January 28, 2007

Melon Stitch Shawl


Just finished the Melon Shawl. Blocking truly is a magical thing. I loved this shawl before I blocked it....now I adore it. I used Louet Kidlin Pixie (laceweight in color Grasshopper) which is a double strand yarn...one is kid mohair/nylon the other is linen. The double strand took a tiny bit of getting used to, but after that it went well. I used Inox size 7 needles and wished I had some Knitpicks sharpies to knit with. The Inox are sharp-ish but the cable kept kinking back up on me. I tried the heat treatment but it didn't last long. The Kidlin softened up considerably after washing in Eucalan and blocking.

21 comments:

jacqueline said...

oh wow! it is just gorgeous. this shawl was never on my to-do list...however now that i have seen yours i could seriously be tempted.

Cheryl said...

Wow! Gorgeous!

Lori said...

That is so beautiful. I love the melon stitch shawl. I'm working my way up in difficulty toward it.

Sylvie LG said...

It's absolutely wonderful, congrats! I just love greens and this one is beautiful!

Alison said...

Very pretty!

Jennifer said...

So lovely, and the yarn sound really interesting. How soft is it?

The Bint said...

Amazing and I love that color. As the kids today say, you got mad skills. I give you prop, my knitta'!

Janette said...

That's just gorgeous! I've just received my copy and will be knitting the Melon Shawl in either 100% or Handmaiden's Seasilk ... decisions, decisions!

Marsha said...

How beautiful!! You should wear it with great pride!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous work!

Jeannie said...

That is just beautiful! I love the green color.

tejiendo said...

It's beautiful!!!!!

cindi said...

Very pretty! The color looks like it would go really well with jeans, sort of dressy/casual!

Anni said...

That's beautiful. I wasn't too keen on this shawl in the book but yours looks fantastic. Think I'll add it to my to-do list.

knitnut said...

Patricia - I hope my green melon shawl is half as divine as yours. Blocking must be the key; mine is nice, but not gorgeous yet! What's next?

Brenda said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!

I've never heard of that yarn; it sounds cool.

Patricia W said...

Jennifer asked how soft this yarn is. Pretty soft...not like Kidsilk but the linen is very fine so the slight crispness of that isn't much of a factor. But, like all linen..it softens up even more after washing and blocking. The finished shawl is a cloud. This yarn comes in some gorgeous colors. I'd knit with it again for sure.

Courtney said...

This is so beautiful. I think the color is perfect for the melon stitch.

Kathy in DC said...

I've never tried lace knitting yet. Sort of new to knitting. But. Looking for excuses to get this book, and your shawl is a good one! It is BEEEEEuteefull!!!!! Nice job photographing, too. Really gorgeous. Thanks for posting. The yarn you used and described sounds very tempting.

Brooke said...

Gorgeous! Beautiful knitting!

christine said...

Better than the one in the book!
Absolutely gorgeous!!!!