Sunday, March 24, 2013

FO: Magrathea


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Pattern: Magrathea by Martina Behm

Yarn: Stratus, by Sparkleduck. (70% Bluefaced Leicester, 20% silk, 10% cashmere)

Mods: Used 3.25 mm needle instead of 3.0 mm because that's what I had around. Otherwise no mods.

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The shawlette has a wingspan of 140 cm. I didn't measure it before blocking, but I'm sure it grew a little. The garter stitch is really stretchy, and if I'd blocked it aggressively, I expect it would have grown even more. It is a great length and depth for satisfactory for bandit-style wearing. I want it around my neck at all times!

The yarn is gorgeous and squooshy. The picture below is slightly more colour-accurate than the others - there are subtle green and blue shifts all the way through. If I could only knit with semi-solids, I'd be a happy knitter. This is my first time knitting with BFL - and in combination with silk it is pleasingly shiny. I would like to try something in 100% BFL to better judge the fibre itself, but that will come.

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I really enjoyed knitting this. The construction is interesting and not something I had tried before: one of the lace edges is knitted at the edge of ever-increasing garter rows, and the other lace edge is knitted across the entire length at the end. That doesn't make much sense, but I swear the pattern itself describes it very clearly! On my version, my stitch count must have been slightly off (despite my attempts to check it), so there is a bit of a wobble where the two lace edges combine. It's hard to see if you don't know what you are looking for, though.

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Not as smug as I appear, though I am rather pleased with this FO.

12 comments:

  1. very beautiful. am very tempted to cast this one on in a similar colour!

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  2. You should be proud of it, it's lovely! That Martina Behm and her garter stitch shawls. :)

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  3. That's lovely. The yarn looks gorgeous. I keep meaning to try Sparkleduck, the yarns look so pretty.

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  4. Wobble? What wobble? It looks fantastic to me! That must be a heavenly blend to wear around your neck, perfect for that kind of project. It looks very nice on you!

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  5. It's gorgeous, I love the colour :)

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  6. Pretty! Love that colour, and it's such a fun name (I cannot read that name without hearing movie-Zaphod yell MAGRATHEA! in my head, though) and pattern!

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  7. So pretty, especially worn draped around the neck. I love the subtle shades of blue and green. The construction sounds really interesting, too. Will add this one to the queue!

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  8. That is beautiful. I love BFL. It holds color so richly and feels good against the skin.

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  9. This is lovely! That yarn is fabulous. I'm really in love with Bluefaced Leicester - made a cowl out of it that I love to death.

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  11. девочки очень красиво а схемку можно

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