After destashing all my heavier weight yarns I thought I would knit a few interesting but small lace shawlettes. Small does not mean simple, but these little bite size projects kept me amused, I learned lots of new techniques and I had the wonderful pleasure of casting off and wearing them in a short space of time, which to a knitting junkie cleanses the palette somewhat ;)
First up is a truly beautiful shawl, called Angus' Dream Shawlette by the hugely talented & all round lovely lady Tiziana Sammuri. I used Colourmart 2/28nm Merino/Cashmere (95/5) laceweight which is so soft and easy to work with. I bought it as part of a set of 5 colours, 770 yards in each, which is a nice amount to work with and they were in beautifully coordinating colours.
I used a 2.75mm needle and 539 yards of yarn.
I finished the shawl in a record 6 days! I was so pleased with how it turned out, the beginning and corner treatments at the end were unusual and I had a lot of fun working my way through the pattern.
Next up was Elisa's Shawlette by the same designer. I had bought both patterns a long time ago and put them aside, for reasons I can now no longer remember. Sometimes you have to wait for a pattern to scream at you :)
Again, I used the Colourmart 2/28nm Merino/Cashmere (95/5) in purple. I had trouble winding these mini skeins at the beginning, I got myself into an awful tangle and ended up sacrificing one of the colours to the bin. It was tangled beyond repair. I also broke the yarn in several places. For this reason I was reluctant to use it in a project, but when I did, boy did the yarn change, it was well behaved, strong, knit perfectly and blocked to perfection. It also softened even more on washing, which I thought could not be possible. It almost feels like fleece, it's so tactile and snuggly :)
The shawlette used 231 yards of yarn with a 3.25mm needle.
I even managed to finish it in 3 days!
It's such a lovely shallow shape that it's perfect for wearing as a neckerchief. The shaping is made through short rows and the patterns are Estonian so it was all new to me, another thoroughly enjoyable knit.
Lastly was the Mermaid Shawlette by Yo-El made with Colourmart Cashmere/Silk/Merino 2/28nm (20/20/60) laceweight in the Verdoso colourway (leftovers from my Agnes Pi Shawl - the colourmart cones, especially the lace ones are never ending!)
It is a free pattern and knit with a large needle (3.75mm) and I used roughly 344 yards of yarn. Because it is so open and airy, making mistakes and having to rip it out were not fun, but I finished in the end in 4 days.
I love how the spine wasn't just a single stitch with two yarn overs either side, but it had a little more substance, a nice touch!
So a lot knit in a small amount of time, I'm ready now for a larger more intricate project and I have both the yarn and the pattern in mind...Keep watching...