I’ve completed my latest Danish shawl.
The pattern is from Dorothea Fischer, and also was published in Spin-Off Magazine.
This time, I used Lion Brand Homespun Yarn in their Harvest shade. The yarn is soft, and self-striping. So, not as many ends to weave in! This is the second project I’ve made from this yarn. The first, a poncho, was impractical where I live. I saw it gathering dust. Now I have yarn left over for at least one more project. Yeah! 😀
The shawl is comfortable, and I suspect I’ll mostly wear it indoors. I may wear it under a coat in the winter, but don’t see myself working outside in it. The yarn is softer than singles wool. I used larger needles, and basically ignored the knitting gauge. I knew from my last shawl about how I wanted it to work up. And the Homespun yarn is a heavier yarn than the suggested singles.
Even so, it was light to knit. And, as I noted in an earlier post, I was pleasantly surprised the yarn was easy to work with. With my poncho, I had trouble with the yarn clinging to my needles. In retrospect, it was probably my needles. This time, I used my Denise needles and had no problems. Both patterns had increases, so I don’t think it was the pattern.
Instead of the corded edge finish, I opted for a simpler single crochet around the shawl. The ties were made as I made the edging. At the two corners, I chained 60 stitches, and then came back doing single crochet in the chain loops. I skipped some of the loops to make ties that will straighten completely.
What do you think?
The original Danish shawl pattern appeared in Spin-Off Magazine.
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The links to Spin-Off Magazine in this article are affiliate links. Spin-Off Magazine did not provide me with the pattern or issue.