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05 July 2011

Plum crazy about this thing!

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I'm so happy with this project. I've had in mind a two-tone shawl with this yarn from the moment I unwrapped it nearly a year-and-a-half ago. I've been perusing, pondering, and printing possible patterns ever since...

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Within 30 minutes of this shawl appearing on my radar, I'd not only read about and purchased the pattern, but had cast on as well!

  • Cerasifera Shawl by Kirsten Kapur with modification to the ribbed edging *
  • Sundara Hand-dyed 100% Superwash Merino Wool Yarn; approx. 370 yards "Calla Lily" + approx. 250 yards "Ochre Over Lime" *
  • Size US 7 needle (straights throughout, employing a 3rd as needed)
  • Began June 20, 2011 and finished July 4, 2011
  • Dimensions: 55" tip-to-tip wingspan, 22" neck to edge at middle
  • Rav'd here

Kirsten is hosting a Summer Shawl Knit-Along and has a number of beautiful shawl patterns to choose from, should you be so inclined to knit along.

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Cast on now and finish by September 23rd -- plenty of time -- and not only have a lovely shawl for fall (or a start on Christmas knitting!) but a chance at prizes in the end.

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* Yarn & Edging Details. I began with three balls of yarn -- two in the “Calla Lily” color that were each about 185 yards/50g, and one in the “Ochre Over Lime” that was about 350 yards/100g. (Please note that I did not measure or weigh before I began, so don't know the accuracy of the stated yardage/weight.)

It just happened to work out that I used nearly all of the first ball of “Calla Lily” for the openwork/body part of the shawl and most of the second ball for the Cerasifera lace section. The yarns were the same colorway, but the second ball was a bit darker and I was thrilled that it worked out this way. Measuring the leftovers of both balls, there is a total of 12g left (cautiously translating to about 40 yards total).

I had plenty of the “Ochre Over Lime” colorway when I began the Ribbed Edging section -- enough to play! I loved the ribbed edging -- it's one of the design features that appealed to me most -- and decided to riff on that a bit. It took a couple of tries, but I ended up knitting the K2,P2 edging as written for a few rows and then knitting another increase row, basically doubling the number of stitches, to knit the rest of the edging. I didn't want a crazy ruffle, but the increased number of stitches definitely gives it some movement at the bottom and a lovely softness. This is 36g/approx. 125 yards left, so my rough calculations tell me I used about 225 yards for the edge.

 

Comments

gorgeous! love the way the two colorways work together so well.

Beautiful, Vicki! You put two fabulous yarns together in such a happy way.

It's so pretty...looks like it could be part of a beautiful garden!

DD (13) walked by and said "Oh, that looks like your Sundara yarn!Makes me sorry I knit up that colorway into socks years ago. It's just beautiful.

Heck, you'd be crazy NOT to be crazy about that shawl, it is GOR-GEOUS. Well done! :)

That's so gorgeous, Vicki! The colors are stunning and I love it! Wear it well.

So beautiful! Love those colors together -- they're simply . . . perfect.

I'm plum crazy about it, too! Super color combo -- of the interpretations on Rav so far, yours is the most beautiful by far. It's that photographer's eye, I think. :D

I saw this pattern when it was introduced and it fell under the 'nice' category. (sigh) You have made me drool and rethink that I might need to knit this. Soon. Your color choices are spectacular.

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