FO: Mere

This is my first test knit for Designs by Romi. The shawl pattern is named Merope and is one of a forthcoming set of  seven small shawls, all named after the Pleiades. My project is named Mere: Merope married a mere mortal (Sisyphus) and the yarn colour reminded me of the deep cold waters of the Lakeland meres.

  • Cast on Date: May 29, 2010
  • Pattern: Merope by Romi (also here)
  • Pattern Price: $6.50 or $20 for e-book of 7 shawls plus extras
  • Version made: Stocking Stitch
  • Yarn: Colourmart
    • Quality: cashmere silk merino 18/80 35/35/30
    • Weight: Light fingering
    • Length: Approx 400 yards
    • Amount: 92g
    • Cost: around £7.60
    • Colour: Ocean (blue)
  • Needles: 3.25mm Signature stiletto straights
  • Pattern Repeats: 6
  • Size: 1 repeat over “Medium” size
  • Blocked: Yes, lightly
  • Finished Size: 55” by 26”
  • Cast Off: Knitted-on edging
  • Cast Off Date:May 31, 2010
  • Ravelry Project: Mere

Merope is a fast and easy knit and is good fun to work on; knitted from the point upwards and in one piece, with a softly scalloped edging that requires no binding off  stitches. It comes in two flavours, garter stitch (finished with reverse stocking stitch icord) and stocking stitch with a simple knitted-on edging. In the pattern as written the garter version is the smaller of the two (at four repeats) and the stocking stitch is the larger (five repeats.) I did six repeats and find myself wishing that I had added a seventh.

I used no markers and no lifelines.

The yarn is beautiful! Lovely to work with and has a great hand to it once washed and blocked. It drapes beautifully and is soft, sleek and warm. I have about 300 yards left and hope that I can get more.

There are a couple of errors in this shawl that I would like to correct and I may re-knit it one day. If I do, I’ll use up the yarn and make the triangle larger.

Knitted as:  test knit/10 shawls in 2010 entry/colourmart lovers contest Summer 2010 entry (shawls, lace garden)

I shall be test knitting the second pattern in Romi’s series soon – the shawl is stunning and is named Maia. Progress reports will be forthcoming. All I have to do is to find some yarn that will do it justice.

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