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KAL WEST

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Last week I finally found a window of time to cast on a new project for myself! (Always an exciting prospect!) It had to be something easy to transport as I was going off to a Hen Do that weekend, yes you heard me right, knitting at a Hen Do, but hey! knitting is fashionable nowadays (plus people would find it weird if I wasn’t there with yarn in my hand!).
After much scouring through the wonderful Ravelry I settled on something by Stephen West, but now which of them do I choose!!? Go have a looksie yourself at http:// http://www.ravelry.com/designers/stephen-west
Well he’s famous for his scarf and shawl patterns, so that seemed a good place to start….except that he has loads!!!!! I didn’t really feel like I’d narrowed the list down at all :s
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In the end I settled on his latest Knit A Long: a collection of 3 different shawl patterns to have fun with and put your own colour stamp on.
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Ok yet more decision making! But in the end I went with Lumpy Space due to its wonderful shaping throughout. Plus I had some love drops lace weight to use from The Yarn Cake ( http://www.theyarncake.co.uk/) in Glasgow which is full of colour and I’ve been itching to start knitting it!
Here is my progress so far:
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A mass of clashing colours, with some bright lace cotton from Brazil mixed in as well. And yes I did knit on the hen do:
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(How I wishing lived by a beach!)
Hopefully I’ll get time to finish it soon!

Ostrich Plume Swatch

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The first lace pattern that has caught my attention is this one:

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The Ostrich Plume Pattern! I am taken in by the swirls, and love the name 🙂 But will it work in lace?

I’m using Rowan lace weight wool for swatching (as it’s currently what I have in my stash boxes), and 3mm Knit Pro needles. I did try on larger needles, but any pattern was lost. I am also repeating the pattern twice, so as to see how it would flow across a drapey shawl.

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Hmm not quite the same pattern as displayed by Vogue, but rather pretty none the less don’t you think?

If you have fallen in love with it, then here is the pattern for you to try out:

multiple of 16 plus 1

Row 1 and following alternative rows: (wrong side) Purl all stitches.

Row 2: Knit all stitches.

Row 4: (K1, yon) three times, * (sl. 1, k1, psso) twice, sl 2, k1, p2sso, (k2tog) twice, (yon, k1) five times, yon; repeat from * to last 3 sts, (yon, k1) three times.

Rows 6, 10, 14 and 18: Knit all stitches.

Rows 8, 12 and 16: As row 4.

Row 20: (K2tog) three times, * (yon, k1) five times, yon, (sl. 1, k1, psso) twice, sl 2, k1, p2sso, (k2tog) twice; repeat from * to last 11 sts, (yon, k1) five times, yon, (sl. 1, k1, psso) three times.

Rows 22, 26 and 3o: Knit all stitches.

Rows 24, 28 and 32: As row 20.

Note: with regards to row 4, I have taken it to mean only doing 3 (yon, k1) instead of 5 (yon, k1) on the last repeat. Also, yon is the same as yo.

I’d love to see how your swatches turn out! 🙂