The colorwork in this shawl is inpired by the rich golden hues of fields ripening beneath the blue summer sky. I wanted to create a shawl that would reflect all these colors and a slip stitch pattern seemed like the best option - it looks good on both sides and it is lacy enough to drape well if knitted on larger needles.
Some hints for dealing with the slippery cotton yarn ends:
If the cotton yarn ends are coming undone after weaving, try splitting each strand by untwisting the yarn. Divide each end into two or three thin strands and then sew each of those in separately using a thin needle. Sharp needle will allow you to stitch the strands through the knitted yarn (of the same color). Make small backstitches through the yarn for at least an inch (longer is better), then make several tight knots.
I did this for the original Impasto Shawl. This method is time consuming (when compared to regular yarn weaving) because you have to work in more ends, but in this case, it is well worth the trouble. The ends will stop unravelling and after blocking they will be almost invisible even close up.
Finished Size 76” wide, 16” high at center, and 8” high at each end, after blocking.
Yarn Berroco Pure Pima (100% Pima cotton; 115 yd 105 m/50 g): #2246 delft (MC, light blue), 2 skeins; #2205 jojoba (yellow), #2206 curry (gold), #2237 olive, and #2263 Caneel Bay (dark blue), 1 skein each
Needles Size US10 (6 mm): 40” circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Tapestry needle, blocking pins.
Gauge 15 sts and 18 rows = 4” in St st; 15 sts and 23 rows = 4” in slip st pattern
Questions or comments about my designs?
Please join Susanna IC group on Ravelry: