Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Clouds over moorlands

...sounds like a poem title.

Eddie got me a skein of Tosh Merino Light in Moorland over spring break.  I want to work with more green yarn, but I didn't want to make a hat out of fingering weight yarn.  So, I went to my go-to pattern, the Storm Cloud Shawlette by Hanna Breetz.  Given that Tosh Merino Light comes in skeins of 440 yards and the Storm Cloud Shawlette is written for 210 yards, obviously some adjustments needed to be made.  

To start with, I used a size 6 needle (smaller yarn, you see),  and followed the pattern was written up to row 38, where I made rounds 50 and 70 increase rounds.  I knit until row 85, then I did the ruffle end, knitting 7 rows before binding off.

I did a modified bind-off (kfb, ssk) that made the ends fluffy and strange.

I still ended up with leftovers, which I used to make Leonidas and I still have more.  Oh well, I like having extra tosh around.

The finished product was a little too large as a neck-shawlette, so I sewed up the ends to make it a shrug.  Of course, it's not written to be a shrug, so the ends were way too long and I had to sew a few inches of material just to get it to lay flat, but now it has a whole new life!

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