Braidsmaid shawl

Do you follow me on Instagram? As I’ve been knitting the Braidsmaid shawl, I’ve been posting progress shots and videos there, even those “my story” ones! It’s been a lot of fun!

By the way, if you want an Instagram stream to pop up in your blog reader (maybe you aren’t attached to your smart phone in the same way I am!), there are ways to generate an RSS feed from a user’s Instagram!

Anyway, the Braidsmaid shawl is done, and it was a fantastic project! Just the right mix of interesting design and mindless knitting.

Pattern: Braidsmaid shawl by Martina Behm of Strickmich! As I mentioned above, wonderful pattern. The shape of the finished shawl is asymmetric and difficult to describe. It’s a triangle, but not quite. And see how the cable runs down the middle at first, but then moves to the edge – cool, right? (It was challenging to block, I’ll tell you that!)


I did modify the beginning and ending corners, making them pointed rather than blunt, as originally written.

Yarn: Spirit Trail Fiberworks “Birte,” which is a DK-weight 75% superwash merino/15% cashmere/10% bombyx silk, in the colorway “Moonless Night.” I had 2 skeins, and tried to use up as much yardage as possible. I came close! About 14 grams remain, and so the shawl used up about 212 grams/516 yards. The color is mysterious and impossible to capture. From afar, it looks black, or almost black. Up close, it is blue and green and indigo and forest murk.

Needles: Though the pattern specified to use US6 needles, I thought the fabric came out too dense when using them, and sized up to US7s. The cables in this pattern crossed 8 stitches over another 8, which I couldn’t do that without the use of a cable needle, so I ended up using a short circ to help me with that.


Lisse Shawl

I’ve been on a little bit of a brioche kick lately, starting with Champagne Bubbles about a year ago, then Under the Dutch Skies earlier this year, and now, the Lisse Shawl. Patterned brioche – with increases and decreases – is very challenging to knit, because mistakes are unforgiving and almost certainly require tedious tinking. I think I will be taking a bit of a brioche break after Lisse, I need to work on some simpler knits for a change.

PatternLisse Shawl by Bristol Ivy. The pattern was okay to follow; I wish it had come with a chart and an assembly schematic, though.

YarnLady Godiva by Handmaiden Yarn, in the colorway Cedar. This yarn is 50% wool/50% silk, a beaded, kind of loose 2-ply, and is amazingly soft.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my dilemma of buying 3 skeins of this yarn, only 2 of which were a match. I ended up using the 2 matching skeins in their entirety, and leaving out the third one. To make the yardage work, I cut out a few  repeats at the very end. I still alternated the 2 matching skeins, just in case there was a slight difference.

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Needles and finished dimensions: using US 7 circs, the shawl blocked to 74″ wide and 17.5″ deep. Although I made the shawl smaller than the original, it still seems plenty big to me.

Wee Liesl

Sonya has a Wee Liesl sweater that we got from a friend, and the scalloped edges are just the sweetest, don’t you think?

I love this sweater so much, that I knew I’d eventually have to knit one myself!

PatternWee Liesl by Ysolda. I made no mods to this perfectly-written pattern, except using the “reinforced eyelet” from Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Handbook. I knit the smallest size.

Yarn: Studio DK 100% superwash merino in Charles Village, by Neighborhood Fiber Co. This amazing little sweater took just a little bit less than one full skein.

This was my first time working with Studio DK yarn, and I loved it. The yarn is crisp and textured, but not overspun. It shows off the stitch pattern beautifully! I think it will wear very well, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use it even for something like mittens – I think it’s sturdy enough, despite being 100% merino! This particular colorway did bleed when I blocked the sweater, even after many rinses, but I think this is common for deep, saturated reds.

Needles and finished dimensions: I used US 4 needles, and my pattern gauge was about 22 stitches per 4″ of knitting. The dimensions of the sweater are: 16″ chest circumference, 5.5″ sleeve length to underarm, and 9.5″ shoulder to hem.