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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.

Henslowe, the third

Henslowe is the perfect portable project, great for putting down and picking up, a thousand times over. The first one I knit, a light silvery gray, was created in the thick of Gregory’s infant-hood. The second, an inky blue, I knit on a beach family vacation. So when my family and I traveled to Florida in February, I decided to cast on my third one.

Pattern: Henslowe by Beth Kling.

Yarn: Madelinetosh 100% superwash merino sock yarn in Dubrovnik. This color is remarkably similar to the second Henslowe I knit!

Needles and finished dimensions: I used US 5 needles for this one, though I’ve used US 4 in the past. I went up a needle size in the hopes of making a slightly larger shawl, but to be honest, my plan backfired. The shawl is not particularly larger (48″ across and 18″ deep, after relaxing) and I ran out of yarn, yikes! I ended up having to frog, modify the lace to a simpler motif (same mod as the silver Henslowe), and do a lot of weighing and math to make the yardage worked out. I think a surer way to get a larger shawl would have been to use a yarn with silk content, and stick with US 4 needles!