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Buccaneer

Last fall at Rhinebeck I acquired some beautiful yarns and was eager to put them to good use.  One particular acquisition, a mishmash of gradient sets from A Hundred Ravens, set me on the hunt for a good shawl pattern where I could make the best use of the yarn.

I also acquired some O-Wool O-Wash, a fingering weight yarn, in an off white colorway, Barn Owl, to go with the gradient set.

After a bit of deliberation I settled on Buccaneer by Justyna Lorkowska.  Buccaneer is a great garter stitch shawl with two striped sections of feather and fan lace.  The construction, as it turns out, is very similar to the Find Your Fade shawl I just knit.

Buccaneer by Justyna Lorkowska, pattern available for digital download via Ravelry, $6.00

The first garter stitch section flew by and before I knew it I was starting the feather and fan stripes:

I should say that I loved knitting with both of the yarns.  The O-Wash is super soft and squishy, and I love knitting it in garter stitch. It makes such a cozy fabric.  The Iachos from A Hundred Ravens is a slightly tighter twist yarn than the O-Wool, and I found it great for stitch definition in the lacy section. Once I blocked it the yarn opened up beautifully.

After I sped through the striped section (just one more row, just one more color!) I moved on to the second garter section.  This one kept growing, but took longer as the rows were  longer.

Then I got to the second striped section.  This is where I diverged from the pattern somewhat.  The pattern calls for the second set of stripes to be narrower than the first. I didn’t find that as pleasing aesthetically, and I also had fewer colors than needed for that section, so I got a bit inventive and changed it up a bit.  Of course, since I got inventive with it, it also means that I ended up ripping and re-knitting this section repeatedly.  This was no fault of the pattern; it was totally my own fault, but it made for a frustrating portion of the knit.

Can you spot the mistake?

Finally I was to the final garter section!  That flew off the needles and I was ready to block.

For this shawl, I opted to steam block the lace sections so they would open up and leave the garter sections alone so they wouldn’t get stretched out. I find unblocked garter stitch to be squishier and more fun to wear than when it has been blocked.

Overall, this was a fun project to knit. I will say that the pattern is written for two versions, one with the stripes as feather and fan, and one with the stripes as chevron.  When writing the pattern, the designer opted to put both versions in and sort of interspersed the directions for each version throughout the pattern rather than keeping each version separate, so I found that kind of difficult to navigate and I think it could have been done better.  Otherwise, any frustration that I felt with this project was pure of my own making.

Now I just need to figure out how best to wear it!

Wood Sorrel

I initially unveiled Wood Sorrel a few weeks ago when I wrote my review of Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine but I am delighted to report that my it is now available for purchase on Ravelry.

Wood Sorrel is a squishy eternity loop cowl that I was inspired to knit after I found a beautiful leaf chart. I wanted a simple lace that would show off the hand-dyed yarn, and a style that would be fun to wear.

Many thanks to my test knitters and to Laura Chau for technical editing.

Please check out Wood Sorrel on Ravelry!

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