It’s fall. Even though it has been a few years, fall always feels like the start of a new year and, thanks to years and years of back-to-school shopping, it also feels like time to overhaul my wardrobe. Not that anything much changes, but it is one of the few times of year I don’t feel guilty spending some money on new clothes.
As a knitter, fall is also the time of year when my needles start to get itchy. Suddenly, a million projects flood my imagination and it seems I can’t cast on quickly enough. Usually, that’s no problem, but this year, I can’t quite seem to find my groove. Partly this is because my knitting for the shop has taken up time that would otherwise be used for personal knitting. Partly it’s also because I stil haven’t cast on the wedding mittens I swatched for weeks ago, and I’m feeling a little guilty about that. Mostly, though, I think it’s because I can’t find the perfect project for the yarn I want to use.
The more I look at the Fleece Artist Earth, the more I want it snuggled up around my neck. I thought for a while it could be socks. But no. I want it to be a shawl or scarf or cowl. And honestly, I want it yesterday. I wear a ton of blue, and the browns and greens and almost-purples that ripple through this colourway are made for my wardrobe. Plus, how perfectly fall is that colourway?
The trouble, though, is that I can’t find the perfect something, and I’m in too much of a hurry to design something myself (although I do sometimes lie in bed at night envisioning what I will do with this yarn if something better doesn’t come along.)
What I’m saying is: I need help. I need help picking a pattern, because I really
want need to cast this on soon. I can’t believe how antsy it’s making me. Usually, I am a pro at waiting for things, and delaying my satisfaction, but not this time. (I suspect this is due both to the cooling temperatures and the fact that working in a yarn shop and wearing my knitwear all the time have combined to make me crazy.)
So, here’s what I’m looking for: Something with some interest (lace, eyelets, slipped stitches, whatever) but that won’t demand my full attention for the entire time I’m knitting. It also needs to work with a very variegated yarn, so lacy-lacy is out – I’m thinking something with a stockinette or garter middle, and fancy edges. I would also like it to be long enough to wear as a scarf/kerchief under a jacket. I don’t really think this is too much to ask.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve narrowed it down to:
- Of the Moon – has potential because the samples are all knit in variegated yarns, and it’s customizable in size, but the font of the pattern is crazy annoying to read.
- Damson – I suspect this would work, but I also wonder if I should maybe save this for the purple Handmaiden Casbah that I bought. Tricky.
- Shark Tooth – I like the body of this shawl, but not the titular teeth along the top edge. Maybe I can work a little modification in there?
- Multnomah – Simple, basic, with a feather and fan lace edge. I’ve come back to this one several times, but I’m still not sure.
- Simple Things – I like this, but it’s also very similar to Doublish, and I’d like a little variation in my wardrobe. Also, I have two skeins of the Fleece Artist, so I feel I should save this for something pretty that I only have one skein of
- Surprise entry: Woodstack – yes, it’s a cowl, but it sits more or less the way I like my shawls to sit, and knitting with the Fleece Artist held double would solve any skein matching issues. I am almost prepared to give up my shawl dream for this. Almost.
Okay, there’s my list. What do you think? Have you knit any of these? Do you have a pattern that’s perfect for variegated fingering-weight yarn? Help an antsy knitter out.
How about Elizabeth Freeman’s Aeolian, with the revised edging and without the beads (free on Ravelry)? The main body is a simple diamond pattern, the edging is gorgeous. I did it in a variegated silk-alpaca and am very happy with the result… Good luck!
You know, I look at that shawl and sigh all the time. I must say, though, that if I’m going to perform that amount of lace, I don’t want a variegated yarn stealing its glory. Haha. I think I could get away with tone-on-tone, but this yarn is pretty widely variegated. I’d love to see your version though – have you posted photos?
I think that’s Oaklet Shawl might be a winner. I’ve never seen it before, but it’s sure lovely. Thank you!
I like the ones you picked especially the first one, but if you’re still undecided, what about hitchhiker? this should be the link but not sure if it worked! http://rav.to/kP1Cbq
Sorry if this is a duplicate, tried to leave a message earlier but think it disappeared! Anyway, have you looked at hitchhiker? http://rav.to/kP1Cbq I like the ones you picked as well, especially the first one. And the yarn is luscious!! Deserving of something special.
Thanks Jeanne! I suspect I’ll be bringing this to CanLit Knit, so if I forget to update what happens with it here, you’ll see it in person! Hitchhiker is a great pattern, but I think it’s a little too narrow in depth (shallow?) for this time of year.
I really like Of The Moon, too, but did you click through to see the chart? The font is awful. I think I’d have to retype the thing in order to use it, which I might be willing to do, but not right now. At the moment, I’m pretty sold on the Oaklet Shawl suggestion…
I see what you mean about the pattern font! Funny they would use that really. Anyway, the oaklet is definitely a winner too. Looking forward to seeing your progress at #canlitknit. BTW we still need to pick a meeting place!