Friday, October 16, 2015

Reyna Shawl

I'm super pumped that I finished my "impulse" shawl: the Reyna Shawl.

I really cast on this shawl in the middle of knitting my fall cardigan (which I inevitably put on hold during that time), but I'm more pumped that I started and finished this shawl without hibernated it. In under a month! (23 days.)

Like, I actually worked on it ALL the time, Scoob.
(Sorry, my kids have been watching a lot of Scooby Doo lately.)
I used my handspun wool that I finished spinning several months back. It was just too pretty to stash forever. I'm not sure how many yards I used, but I went through two skeins, and the largest of the two skeins pretty much went the whole span on the shawl.
It took me much longer than expected because I knit extra rows. Like, 22 extra rows! I wanted to make sure that it was able to wrap around my neck completely...and I'm glad that I did, because even after heavy blocking, it still isn't as wide as it could be.

So, if you see this, and MUST make it, do a lot more mesh rows and garter rows toward the end.
Are you soaking up the fall leaves lately? Make sure you get out and take it all in before the end of the peak!
Pattern:  Reyna by Noora Laivola 
Yarn: Handspun in fingering/sport weight in "Midnight Tides" (400-450 yds?)
Needles: US4 (3.5mm)
Start: September 23, 2015
Completed: October 15, 2015 
This was an enjoyable knit. Very easy. It was about 4 rows of actually patterning, which is only 2 rows per type: mesh or garter. Easy Peasy.
Enjoy. I hope that was enough knitting eye-candy for today. Happy knitting.
P.S...I'm finally on Instagram. :)


Kristy said...

Hi! Can you tell me exactly how you made it longer? I’d like to make mine longer/bigger as well. Thanks!

Unknown said...

This pattern recommends that you use a size 4 needle. For myself, this has given a rather tight appearance. I noticed one photo that says they used a size 7 needle and it appears more loose, open and lace like. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to make this pattern appear more delicate? Thanks.

Unknown said...

I started with yarn Berroco, Millefoiori light for a size 4 needles, following the directions, but then switched to size 5. Since I still couldn't see the center yo, I took my sample into Yarn and Yoga in Bristol, VT. The wonderful employee agreed that I should go up another size, but to confirm ask a small group of well-established knitters in a class their opinion. All but one, who hesitantly encouraged me to consider going up two more sizes, which at the time seemed like too much. I wasn't sure what I had with me, so I added size 6 circular needles to my inventory and stitched for a few rows before I tried size 7. She was right! The right balance without becoming too lazy and easier to ktbl.

Anonymous said...

I want to knit but how go I print /bring up the pattern