Marhaven Shawl

It’s been a while since I posted any new projects! Hopefully, I will start posting more often as I have plans to do some “stash-busting” this summer. I started knitting this shawl last summer and finished it in January. We’re seeing the arrival of spring and pleasant weather in Michigan, so I finally took some photos!

The yarn is sport-weight and 100% Merino Rambouillet wool, made in Michigan. The pattern is Sugar Mountain by Amy Christoffers.

I am quite happy with how the shawl turned out, although it is a bit smaller than I first expected. I followed the instructions for the largest size, and I used the recommended needle size. I assumed that I knit pretty close to average gauge, and seeing as fit isn’t vital to a shawl, I didn’t didn’t bother with knitting a gauge swatch. As it turned out, my gauge was noticeably different from the pattern! The pattern calls for a gauge of 20 stitches and 26 rows in 4″ of garter stitch. My gauge was 22 stitches and 34 rows in 4″. There was a huge difference in the row gauge! This was a lesson learned in taking gauge even for shawls and scarves and in the importance of checking row/vertical gauge! (I am occasionally lazy and sometimes only check the stitch/horizontal gauge.) After blocking, the shawl measures 60” long by 24” deep.

Tweed Cardigan

I’ve finally finished knitting this cardigan I started making an eternity ago! The pattern is Williamette by Amy Christoffers. I very much like the design, especially the slanted pockets. The pattern calls for an i-cord edging instead of a buttonband. I wanted the front panels to overlap a bit when buttoned, in order to help keep out the cold, so I omitted the i-cord and added a 2×2 rib buttonband instead. Adding the band did alter the design of the neckline/collar, and I think it looks nice this way as well! The tweed yarn is a wool blend in worsted weight.