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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bella Knitting Shawl for Sale

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A lot of triangular shawls have you cast on a few stitches at the center of the neck, then work outward, each row getting progressively longer, ending with the cast off being the two non-top edges. I find myself very excited at the beginning, but getting progressively less patient with the longer and longer rows as the initial infatuation fades.

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This scarf begins with stitches cast on for the lace edge along the two lower sides, then stitches are decreased to produce a triangle shape.
Pattern includes charts and written directions, and stitch count totals for every row.
I also include the tips how to make larger or smaller shawl and the yardage needed.

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Suggested yarn: Any sock yarn (I am using Indigo Moon 100% Merino Wool) 370 yards. Color: Majestic Purple.

Needle: 7.00 mm or 9.00 mm only to cast on and 4.5 mm for the rest.
Crochet Hook: 3.5 mm to cast on (optional)

Finished Size: 45" across top edge, 30" long from centre top to point

Level: Intermediate

Other Posts and photos about this project: Here

How To Buy:
Pattern is a full colour, 9 pages in PDF. Complete with symbols and diagram beside the written instruction.
Payment by Paypal and delivery by Ravelry, no accounts required. Credit cards accepted.

USD 5.00,-
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Or you can buy the e-book. Consist of 4 patterns: Bella, Metropolitan, Poison Ivy and Narnia Shawls.

USD 15.00,-

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

My First Knitting Shawl Design

Actually I did this post a bit too late. The truth was, I started designing this knit shawl on 12 April, since this was only my second knit shawl I made (but my first design), the process was a bit rocky. I had to frog so many times, and the worst was when I almost finish the shawl only to realize that I miss calculated the yardage. That means I have to start all over again since this shawl is working bottom up. I was amazed that the yarn was still looking OK despite all the abused. Once everything was recalculated, knitting it was a breeze. Re-started on 29 April and finished on 2 May.

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Since I was not at home when I finished the shawl, I could not block it properly. So, the lace didn’t really open up in the picture above. I love it regardless.

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Source: Here
Materials: Indigo Moon (100% merino wool superwash)
Color: Majestic Purple Lot # 1278
Qty: 1 x 100 gram (342 m / 370 yards)
Needles: Addi Metal Circular Needle 4.50 mm
Cost: Free (Yay!!)
Start Date: 29 April 2010
Finish Date: 2 May 2010

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I have done writing the pattern and Kitman nice enough to test for me.
So, I will release the pattern soon!

Oh, I think I will name this shawl “Bella”, since I was reading Twilight when I was knitting it.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Beginning of Another Crocheted Shawl Design

I am happy to report that the response of my “Garden Path Shawl” is quite good. I got quite good sales from this pattern that motivate me to design another crochet pattern.


Started another Garden Path Shawl using Malabrigo Lace, but in the end I frogged it

To tell you the truth, Garden Path was my first crocheted shawl I ever made. So, I am very happy that a lot of people seem to like it. There is a Garden Path Shawl crochet-along starting June 1st in Ravelry. Since I love this pattern so much, I was planning to make another Garden Path using my Malabrigo lace. However, in the end I frogged it since when I was is row 22, another design idea came to my mind and this Malabrigo lace is the only lace yarn that I have.



Instead using the yarn to make a new design

Friday, June 11, 2010

Trying My Hand at Designing Knitting Shawl


This yarn is Indigo Moon. Sorry that I forgot to take picture when it’s still in a skein. This yarn is given to me by the owner of Indigo Moon, Trish. This is the first sock yarn that I have. She gave me Majestic Purple colorway, and it’s very pretty. When the yarn arrived, I was still busy designing “Garden Path Shawl”, so I have to put aside this yarn for a while.

Since I am successfully managed to design a nice crocheted shawl, I was thinking to design a knitting shawl. I know that there are tons of gorgeous knitting shawl designs out there from experienced and famous designers. But, I have this pretty sock yarn in my possession that is simply a sin if I don’t use it. I don’t like knitting socks since I don’t wear socks. I can’t make cardigan or sweater using only 1 skein sock yarn. So what other choice to I have except use it to knit a shawl or scarf.

I grab my knitting stitch dictionary, and immediately I like this “Cathedral” pattern.





But, will it become a nice shawl?

Monday, June 07, 2010

Playing Computer Together: Then and Now

Below picture was taken 1.5 years ago when they were playing together using toy laptop:


Now, 1.5 years later they are still playing together, but......
Wait! Whose laptop they are playing with?



MINE!!!!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Tip to Make Neater and Nicer Picot

I love to make picot. I know some peoples find that making picot is boring and slowing down the crocheting process. Several people complain about the amount of picots that they have to make on Garden Path Shawl. I do understand their pain, because I used to hate making picot myself, until I improvised a bit.
Here what I always do whenever I have to make picot:



I found that this way, my picot prettier and more stable, plus it’s easier and faster to make. I hope you agree with me.