Saturday, February 10, 2018

Blue Basketweave Shawl

Maybe by the end of the year I'll have improved my shawl photography. The shawl itself is thick and warm and amazingly perfect, especially considering that the yarn was originally purchased to knit a sweater for one of my little boys. 

Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky, Faded Denim, 4 skeins  

I knew I wanted basketweave, so I didn't even look at patterns for this one. I cast on seventy stitches, did seven rows of seed stitch, then placed stitch markers to keep the seed stitch border separate from the body of the shawl. (Okay, I did swatch first just to make sure that my finished shawl would  meet the width requirement for Twelve Shawls Forever. But it was just a little swatch and I didn't do it in the stitch pattern so it barely counts.)

If you've never knit basketweave before, it's ridiculously easy. This is five rows of k5, p5 ribbing, then p5, k5 ribbing for another five rows. I alternated that until I had just enough yarn left for another seven rows of seed stitch and cast off.

I didn't realize that I was playing yarn chicken, but I wound up with a little over ten yards of yarn left in my skein. If it'd been much tighter than that, I would've played it safe and left off a row or two of the seed stitch on one end.

The goal with these shawls, aside from keeping myself warm, is to use up stash yarn. Preferably with as few leftovers as possible.


Dar said...

That does look very warm. Beautiful color too. I've never done that type of stitch, but it does sound like I might be able to handle it. I don't have any chunky, but maybe I could try it with some unmarked yarn in my drawer. :)

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats! on your cozy finish. You wouldn't have wanted to wear it here today, as the temperature was 80* (and tomorrow the high is supposed to be 40*!!!) Sigh...

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Looks very warm and cosy - well done!


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