Monday, April 20, 2009

FO: Kauni Shawl

It's been a productive week! I finished my Kauni shawl in the wee hours of Saturday night/Sunday morning and took it off the blocking mat this morning.

Pattern: Eliina Shawl, with a modified edging
Needles: Size 6 addi lace
Yarn: Kauni Effektgarn in EQ from the LYS
Final dimensions: 63" across the top, 30.5" down the center line
Mods: Shortened up the lace edging out of necessity - see details below.

I spent a great deal of time searching for the right pattern for this yarn. Ravelry was really handy, as I could see what other people made with this and similar long color repeat yarn. I decided that it had to be very simple because the long color changes distract from any patterning, but I wanted something with a little bit of interest. So I settled on the Eliina pattern, which fit the criteria.

This yarn is very pretty. It's not a soft wool, so I won't be wearing it as scarf. I did come across one spot when the yarn was knotted together, but otherwise I found it to be pretty reliable. I used the entire ball of yarn. There was less than 3 grams left (which is as low as my postal scale will measure - the yarn didn't even register on it. Two pennies is .1 ounce) - not even enough for another full row.

And now: Lots of photos.
Curly and unblocked:
Rainbow Stole unblocked
After the magic of blocking:
Rainbow Stole
Rainbow Stole
Rainbow Stole
Various detail shots:
Rainbow Stole
Rainbow Stole detail
Rainbow Stole
I could see that I was running out of yarn, so the edging is much shorter than it is in the pattern. I only did three repeats of the double eyelets and then moved straight to the decreases. I had to fudge the edges and center because of this, but I made some educated guesses and it worked out alright. I ended up omitting several rows of the edging, and did the final triple decrease where the leaf edging comes to a point as part of the crocheted bind off. I also decreased the number of chain stitches from 9 to 6 to save yarn. This is how much was left when all was said and done:
Leftover yarn from Rainbow Shawl

Bonus crazy cat lady: For some reason this kind of scratchy wool seems to drive my cat crazy. Because, you know, house cats are the natural predators of sheep. I let her roll around on it as it was blocking.
Cat in motion
Cat loves her foot


Woollycraft Workshops said...

Thats a beautiful shawl, i really love the yarn. Well done x

Kate said...

It's a beautiful shawl. The striping is so crisp, too.

Now I want Kauni yarn.

Megan said...

Wow Lynn, I have that exact same yarn, and no idea what to do with it. I think you have given me some ideas. It is really beautiful though.