Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Storm Cloud Shawlette


Some of you in the Sunflower Guild or those who attended the Jefferson City Fiber Retreat have already seen my completed Storm Cloud Shawlette in person. However, for those who haven't, mainly my handful of blog readers and knitting group members, here are photos of the shawl.


If you like it, it's a free pattern on Ravelry. It's a semi-circular design. It starts with only 4 stitches and increases from there. It's based loosely on the Zimmermann Pi Shawl concept. The good news is that it's one of those mindless, truly easy projects that you can do while talking, watching TV, and the dropped garter stitch actually goes faster if you DON'T pay too much attention. It's so easy you can very quickly memorize the pattern. It only requires for the smallest version, 150 yards of yarn, so it's a good way to use up those single skeins of really pretty yarn you have stashed. It can be made in sock weight yarn, sport yarn, worsted or even bulky - of course the finer the yarn used, the airier the effect.


For mine, I used a whole skein of the glitzy yarn, Feza Festival, which is a medium green with gold thread type novelty yarn, so I used about 250 yards on mine, and carried it along with a sock yarn called Dream in Color Smooshy in "Spring Tickle" - a very light green strand. The two yarns were carried together throughout the body of the shawl, and then on the ruffle, I used 2 strands of Feza Festival. You can make the shawl with the ruffle, or end on Row 70 and leave the ruffle off entirely. If you want a larger, fuller shawl, just keep going with the increases and you can make it as large as you like.

I finished the Storm Cloud Shawlette in only 4 days and I love wearing it. When out and about in public, I've received more compliments on this shawl than any other. Goes to figure that the simplest and easiest knits often get the most credit.

So if you have a skein or two of pretty yarn that you want to put to good use as an over the shoulder wrap, I'd highly recommend this project.

And if you make one, let me know. I'd love to see it!

10 comments:

Chery said...

I really loved seeing you and your shawl Monday evening.

Dorothy said...

I think I'll go check out the pattern. I have a pretty skein of handspun that doesn't have too much yardage, but needs a project.

ChelleC said...

Chery, it's always wonderful seeing you. Your shawls always amaze me.

Dorothy, yes, definitely go for it because handspun would be PERFECT for it. Not much yardage. I may try to spin one myself in near future.

Elysbeth said...

So do you think it would be good in a nice sock yarn for a 12 yo girl? I already pondering holiday knitting and my niece gets a shawlette this year.

Rebecca said...

I love yours and I'm definitely going to queue it up with the rave reviews you gave! thanks for idea :D

ChelleC said...

E - yes, it would have an excellent child's shawl. In fact,I believe one lady on Rav already made and photographed it on her child.

R - yes you'll love it. My whole knitting group at the coffee shop either have made it or are making it or planning to. A young college student in our group first discovered the pattern. Young people really seem to like it.

Kim in Michigan said...

It's so pretty! This may be the perfect project for me to take to Savannah next week for my get-away-from-winter escape. It looks so cute on you too -- thanks for sharing the pics and inspiring me. Just what I needed!

ChelleC said...

Kim, yes definitely take it on your trip and you'll be done in NO TIME. I envy you going to Savannah. It's one of my favorite places on earth.

Mary said...

Great shape, beautiful color for you!

AlisonH said...

Beautiful!