jokulsarlon

A new shawl from the beautiful pattern of my very clever friend, Zoe (of Glasgow’s Queen of Purls), made from the leftovers of my Isager Winter Jumper….

Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon

It’s not at all perfect in its sequence of colours… Zoe used a beautiful, smoothly graded rainbow, whereas mine is not! Although my colours are in the sequence of a rainbow, they don’t look like one at all. But I love it nonetheless and am so pleased to have found a good use for the many lovely colours of Spinni, a yarn that I love so much and that holds so many memories from the making of that jumper. In a nice twist, I cast this on on the ferry over to Shetland and knitted most of the grey section over Shetland Wool Week so this yarn is now worked into another project that will be close to my heart…

Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon

The pattern is designed for Jamieson and Smith 2ply Jumper Weight, a lovely woolly 4ply, and 4.5mm needles but, because Spinni is a heavy laceweight, I jumped down to 3.75mm for mine and it made a light, warm and supple fabric that should be lovely to wear. I just knitted in the silvery grey until I’d used up the whole 50gm skein and then joined in the smaller balls (and used a felted join so that there were only two ends to weave in at the end).

I did agonise about how to work the stripes, anticipating that as they got wider as the shawl grew, each row would use more yarn and so I’d have fewer rows… But I wanted to use as much of the yarn as possible so in the end I winged it, just being sure to change colours on a right-side row so that the colour changes are nice and clean. Although the stripes do get narrower, I’ve found it actually doesn’t look that strange, probably because the eye is distracted by all that colour going on ; )

Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon

I love this take on the traditional Shetland Razor Shell pattern and found it soothing and simple to knit with just enough to keep it interesting. Which, along with the stripes, means that what might seem a bit epic- a heavy laceweight lace shawl measuring 190cm from tip to tip- was a quick and lovely knit.

The perfect design for scraps of yarn- in case you have any…

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