Woolgatherers will know that I have been honoured to be selected by Rosemary (Romi) Hill as one of her test knitters. The Merope Shawl, recently completed, was my first test knit for Romi – this little sock weight shoulder shawl is my second. I made mine in Posh Yarn’s Elinor yarn and I added some size 6/0 beads from my bead stash.
- Cast on Date: 20 June, 2010
- Cast on: provisional – a special motif construction
- Pattern: Maia Shoulderette by Rosemary Hill
- Pattern Price: $6.50 (or $20.00Â for ebook of 7 shawls plus extras)
- Yarn: Posh – Elinor
- Quality: 100% Merino sock yarn
- Weight: 4ply
- Length: 430 yards
- Amount: 107 gms
- Colour: Bed of Moss
- Needles: 3.75mm Signature straight stiletto points
- Pattern Repeats:As written
- Size: One size (with chart extension to use up yarn if required)
- Blocked: Yes, not hard
- Finished Size: 36″ diameter
- Cast Off: lace
- Cast Off Date: 23 June, 2010
- Ravelry Project: Moss on my Shoulders
This is a fabulous pattern and really a lot of fun to knit. It is also fast. I took 3 days, and much of that time was spent in analysing problems with the pattern and feeding them back to Romi – so that you may have a problem-free knitting experience. Am I not kind? 🙂
The yarn was delicious – soft, warm, a nd bouncy with plenty of stitch definition for the textured ribbing.
The shawl is a shaped one, and sits very happily on the shoulders without slipping off. I’d call it a shield-shape, I think. It’s less than a full circle – but way more than a crescent. Nonetheless, I stuck to my straight needles (14″)Â and managed to pull the trick off.
I had masses of yarn but wanted to knit the pattern exactly as written – I therefore used just over one skein of yarn. The pattern calls for 450-490 yards; I only used about 430 yards of a 400 yards to the 100g skein yarn. Plenty left, therefore, to test knit the matching fingerless gloves that Romi is currently designing. Watch this space!
Another reason that I did not extend the shawl with the final chart was that I don’t like beading, and was concerned that I would not have enough beads to finish the shawl offÂ nicely anyway.
I love Maia – I think that she is truly beautiful, and just a little bit unusual. She would make the perfect finish to an understated little black dress for dinner, theatre, or party. I want to make a black one actually, and bead it with jet or haematite. Just find me a nice hand-dyed sock yarn in a black with lots of movement in it. Or perhaps a raven shade? Yes, that would be wonderful.
Knitted as a test knit for Romi and also as part of the 10 Shawls in 2010 and the Colourmart Lovers competition.
I think that I shall be keeping this one.