The Rustic Shawl in the previous post didn’t thrill me, so I frogged it all out and began again. I am liking this better, but still not entirely thrilled. I’m thinking I should have used a size 10 instead of size 7, but I’m not going to start over again. At least not just yet. The resulting fabric is certainly substantial, not flowy and drapy, but it’s intended to be a warming garment not particularly decorative or fancy. And because of the yarn I wanted to go for something basic, rustic, and functional for winter wear. Once it is done I will like try to give it a very severe blocking and mild brush-felting on the back side, and hopefully not shrink it in the process. I think pinning it securely before brushing will help in that regard.
On the front side, you can see there is clearly a gradient from blue to green. I’m doing 5 rows of each color to ensure there is enough of each color to repeat the sequence several times before running out. Also, I’m going to do several rows of the natural, undyed yarn to break up the sequence just a bit. The back side, shown further down, is definitely the “wrong” side as it shows more of the undyed yarn. There really is no “wrong” side, of course, just a preference for which side the wearer wants to be the public side. It’s all just knit stitch, no purling at all.
And you can readily see there is a difference along the top edge, between the right side and left side. Once I am done I will do a bit of magic to make a top-edge border and hide that difference.