FO: Larix shawl

Larix is a semi-circular shawl with columns of twisted stitches instead of lace, made with fingering weight yarn.

Larix Shawl.

Pattern: Larix (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga in Giant Stick Insect, 2 skeins
Needles: US4 (40 inch circular)
Duration: 30th October 2010 to 22nd January 2011
Ravelry project: Larix Shawl

Two skeins of yarn went into this shawl.  Both were from the same batch, but one was clearly more green and the other more grey.  I striped them to ease the transition but I wish I'd started the striping earlier.  There are three stripes with 2 rows new and 2 rows old in each stripe, so the transition took just over one repeat of the pattern.

I made 13.5 repeats of the pattern using 900yds of sock yarn.  By the end, each row had over 400 stitches in and took 20 minutes, I had to grind the rows out to get it done.  I only made it through 3 rows of the border instead of the six specified in the pattern, but I like the look.  I almost ran out of yarn, the K2tog tbl cast off is stretchy but it used more yarn than I expected.  As I was casting off, I was eyeing up the tails from where I switched skeins as potential extras, happily I didn't need it, but it was closer than I've ever come to running out.

Before blocking it measured 21.5 inches from neck to hem, afterwards it measured about 24 inches.  I didn't pin this out, just patted it into shape and let it dry.  Very little dye came out in the water.

Larix dragged on longer than I would have liked because of the November knitting hiatus for National Novel Writing Month.  My knitting speed is about 400-500yds a month, assuming I don't work on other projects.

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