Muh-Muhs FO Re-Do

muh muh shawl

The Muh-Muhs Shawl is getting another FO post!  It’s off the blocking board so the photos improved and I forgot to tell you the most exciting part on Friday!

Here’s the details:

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The Pattern:  Muh-Muhs by Isabell Kraemer

The Yarn:  Taria Tweed by Plymouth, a soft tweed blend of merino, silk and llama, sadly discontinued.

The Mods:  Yes, there were mods!  I don’t know how I forgot about my modification, I was so pleased with it at the time!  As written, the bind off was not in a contrast color and the specific type of bind off wasn’t specified.  I didn’t have enough white yarn left though.  I did have a bit of the green left and if I was going for a contrast bind off, I thought the Icelandic Bind Off would highlight the color change without looking like an after thought!

knit shawl muh muh shawl striped shawl icelandic bind off contrast color

It’s not just decorative though!  It’s also a functional choice…the Icelandic Bind Off is slightly stretchy, perfect for a shawl edge.  It’s not Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, which I’ve been finding to be a bit too stretchy lately.  It’s on par with a K2Tog tbl Bind Off, each stitch is worked twice, resulting is a little bit of extra give.  AND, if that’s not enough, the front & back are symmetric, perfect for garter stitch, which is what I had on my final couple rows!  This was the perfect storm of right idea at the right time!

Tomorrow…it’s back to hats!  Consider yourself warned!  Winter really is coming!

 

FO Friday – Gradient Triangle with pattern recipe

triangle shawl fogknits top down garter stripe shawl

My latest shawl is done!  I couldn’t be more pleased.  It’s exactly what I envisioned!  I wanted to showcase the yarn and it’s subtle gradient.

It’s a Bugga Ombre remnant kit from Cephalopod Yarns.   The color shift is so slight, in low light it’s easy to miss.  Sometimes it looks like mismatched dye lots rather than an actual gradient.  I paired it with the grey yarn (Neighborhood Fiber Co. Cobblestone Sock, I picked up at Rhinebeck!) to stretch my yardage and hopefully improve the gradient effect/lessen the mismatched dye lot effect.

And it worked!  This shawl drapes beautifully and it wraps for days!  There are so many different ways to wear it.  I love the drama and the functionality of long tails.

As if that weren’t enough, it was super easy!  This was knit, almost entirely, on public transit!  Yeah Garter Stitch!!  Here’s my shawl ‘formula’:

400 yards each,  two colors fingering weight

US6 (4 mm) needle (or an appropriate size to give a loose, drapey gauge)

CO 6 sts

set up row: KFB, K2, PM, K2, KFB

row 1: KFB, knit to 1 st before marker, KFB, SM, KFB, knit to last stitch, KFB

row 2: KFB, knit to last stitch, KFB

repeat rows 1 & 2 alternating two rows per color, until just enough yarn remains to bind off.  I recommend any stretchy bind off you like.  I used the Icelandic Bind Off, my new favorite!

Viola!  Easiest shawl ever!  I love it !

top down gradient shawl garter stitch two color stripes

Simple & understated, it’s garter stitch at it’s finest!

And now, with this finished, I feel a cast on bonanza coming on!  It’s time to knit ALL THE THINGS!