Friday, May 16, 2008

Variegated Yarn and Knitted Lace

They don't always work well together, but in this case I'm very happy with the results. The pattern stitch and the colorway are playing nicely.

The pattern stitch has very simple lines. In this yarn it comes across almost more as a textured openwork than lace. The Shepherd Sport has really good stitch definition, which means that the " sl1, k2tog, psso" decreases read almost like little cables.

I'm working the triangle from the bottom point upwards to avoid the "spine" that forms at the center when working from the top down. (I don't object to this construction, myself; it just wasn't the look I was after here). In some colorways this would result in strong horizontal color lines fighting with the vertical lines of the pattern stitch. But I don't think that's a problem here for three reasons: 1) the length of any one color is relatively short, 2) all of the colors are quite similar in in tone and saturation and 3) it's an analogous color scheme (though it ranges from a very greenish blue through a very reddish violet). No single color stands out too strongly; they all blend well visually.

Looks like this should be finished by Monday, which in a way is too bad. This is one of those projects where I've been enjoying the process as much as the anticipation of the finished object.


Kitty Mommy said...

Wow! That is just gorgeous!!

MollyBeees said...

It's beautiful, Cindy! When you finish it Monday, you can start one for me! :-)

YarnThrower said...

Wow, very nice! And, I like the look of not having the two yarn overs down the center back...not that there's anything wrong with that, but both shawls I've made have that, and it's nice to see a different method!

Elizabeth said...

Lovely! I was noticing, too, that it's a bit different from the usual to have the shawl increase at the sides out from the point.