Holden Shawlette

I blocked this shawlette yesterday. I'm so embarrassed that it's not one of Mario's patterns. Sorry Mario - you know I'm totally dedicated to your patterns!

It's called Holden Shawlette and is a free download pattern on Ravelry.

I used 3-1/2 skeins of Knit Picks Memories yarn from my stash. Knit with US 9 (5.5 mm) circular needle. I have to admit the pattern was not that easy to follow. I had to write out the pattern repeats for myself so I could keep track. The chart wasn't that useful to me. But I think it turned out OK. I'm not a big fan of variegated yarn but I had it so used it. This shawlette is going to be a Christmas gift for a woman with red hair so I think the colorway will look good on her. I blocked it hard and it ended up being 71" x 34". I haven't knit stockinette back and forth for such a long time I had forgotten how much I dislike knitting a whole row of purl.

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Tom Hart's picture

Wow! It's beautiful! Great colorway too. I don't usually go for variegated yarns either but in this case it turned out stunningly beautiful. I suspect the recipient will be blown away. Great job. {I'm wondering what distinguishes a shawlette from a shawl:)}

TomH's picture

In my understanding, a shawlette is a small shawl. This one is meant to be worn as a scarf really, with the point in front, then wrap the ends around and behind the neck. So you end up with the point and the two ends in front. I don't think this will be large enough to wear as a shawl, with the point in back and the ends in front.

It's so beautiful, and the colourway will certainly complement red hair.

TomH's picture

Thanks, knitmaniac. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Years. Think of you often!

Kerry's picture

Tom, you've done a great job on it. I'm not keen on variegated yarn in lace but it's not so bad on slabs of stockinette. Don't you just hate those long purl rows. I'm now thinking of shawlettes like these as banditos.

TomH's picture

Thanks, Kerry! Banditos. I like that.

bobshome's picture

Well Tom - you already know what I think of your work- this one just ups the ante! Good one. BTW I'm with you on the purl rows.
Merry Christmas. Enjoy the season.

TomH's picture

Thanks, Bob. Have a Merry and a Happy!

MMario's picture

71 x 34? plenty big enough for a lot of people.

And while I agree vaeriagated can wreck a lacke project this one turned out fantastic!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

TomH's picture

Thanks, Mario. I really blocked it hard. Unblocked it was 47" x 25".

rc_in_sd's picture

It came out beautiful, Tom! Nice to see it finished. Hope your Christmas was Merry and your New Year is great!

TomH's picture

Thanks, Ray. Was great to meet you while you were in Philly. So glad you like the finished work since you saw it in progress.

Tallguy's picture

You are right that variegated is not usually a good yarn for lace, but in this case, with such a large area of stockinette, you need something to break up that large block of flat knitting. It works best with really long colour bands in the yarn. Even in the relatively simple lace border, those colour changes don't look too bad after all. If using a solid colour, I might consider doing it in garter stitch, just to give it some texture (and no purling!).

I might like to over-dye this with a mid-shade, just to tone down some of the contrast and also to tie it all together with a unifying colour -- maybe a green or blue or even a lavender tone. But you are right, this would look good with red hair. I'm sure she is very pleased with it.

Yes, working long rows of purl just doesn't do it for me either. That is why I prefer to work everything in the round whenever possible!