The second project for the month of April, using only handspun yarn, is a shawl that I am calling the Shivering Sheep Shawl. It is a pattern that I have developed myself. This is the first project I have used the pattern on. I plan on test knitting it using several other yarns, from fingering to worsted weight, to get a better handle on size and amount used. Anyway, here is the first go-around with the Shivering Sheep Shawl.
I had about 505 yards of handspun, and used just about all of it except the last 5 yards.
The fiber I used was roving that I had. I don’t remember whether I purchased the fiber or if it was a gift from a friend, but it was about 4 oz of 90/10% wool/mohair. It has been aging nicely in my stash since 2004. I figured it was time to use it. It was spun approximately to a sport weight.
The Shivering Sheep Shawl pattern is very easy. The pattern will be available on Ravelry once I have finished test knitting it with several different weights of yarn.
I started the shawl on April 6, after finishing the cold sheeping socks. It was finished and just needed blocking on April 22. The yarn was very nice to knit with and I do wish I had more of it. Oh, well. I had three hanks of spun yarn 505 yards) that I used. This is a top-down shawl, so, of course, each row has more stitches than the previous row.
I used U.S. size 6 (4.0 mm) 48″ needles (Clover needles to be specific). I basically knitted it until I had just enough yarn to do the picot edging. The first attempt a the picot edge was not successful because I ended up running out of yarn when I still had about 4 inches of the edge left to do. The unsuccessful picot edge used three chain stitches between each bind-off. To make it to the end, I had to frog it back to the beginning of the bind-off, and changed the number of chain stitches between bind-offs from 3 to 2. That made a big difference and I was left with about 5 yards of yarn when I was finished.
The finished shawl can be worn as a scarf or shawl, which makes it very versatile and usable through more seasons. I do like how the shawl came out. It stays on the shoulders well because of the curve the top of the shawl.
From tip-to-tip, the span of the shawl is 68″ (172.7 cm). The length of the shawl from top to bottom is 19.5″ (49.5 cm).