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Project info
Holbrook Shawl by Dee O'Keefe
Needles & yarn
US 6 - 4.0 mm
Shibui Knits Staccato
61 yards in stash
3.68 skeins = 702.9 yards (642.7 meters), 184 grams
Blazing Needles in Salt Lake City, Utah
April 1, 2014

Scratching my original plan to use madelinetosh tosh merino light. The two skeins were too different in color, and with the sideways border, I was afraid it would look too weird.

Purchased Shibui Staccato, which should have nice drape from the silk, and no problems with any variegation. But it’s kind of heavy for a fingering-weight yarn, so I went up a needle size (to US6/4mm). Even though I did swatches with both US6 and US7/4.5mm, and was happy with the US6 after blocking, once I started knitting the actual shawl, it seemed really dense and stiff. I nearly ripped it out to restart it on the 7’s, but then decided to just take what I had already knit and give it a soak and pin it out. It relaxed a lot, and should be fine. I think it would be great on the US7 needles, but then I might not have enough yarn. But if I knit another shawl with this yarn, I’ll probably plan on using 7’s.

I have more yarn than specified for the pattern, but I’m also using a larger needle - so I want to be sure that I don’t run out near the end. I contacted the designer, Dee, who told me that for the pattern sample, the body took 56% of the total yardage and the border took 44%.

I ended up knitting one extra repeat of the body. I started to do one more repeat, but halfway through it looked like I was going to go over the 56% mark, so I ripped it back to just the one extra. I forgot to weigh it at that point, though, so I don’t know what my actual percents were.

I ended up with 16 grams of yarn left from the 4th ball.

The pattern is very well written, with lots of detail.

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by Shibui Knits
70% Merino, 30% Silk
191 yards / 50 grams
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  • Originally queued: March 23, 2014
  • Project created: March 25, 2014
  • Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Progress updates: 11 updates