Sunday, May 9, 2010

Abrazo Embraced

Here's the super-gorgeous Abrazo:

Designer: Susanna IC
Yarn: Fiddlesticks Zephyr Lace Wool/Silk
Published in Twist Spring '10

I fell in love with this shawl as soon as I saw it in Twist. I ordered the pattern and was happy to realize that I already had the yarn. It is quick for a shawl, and the dimensions are interesting. It's about 16" tall in the center and wider than my wingspan. The short rows make it stay put when wearing it like a shawl, but it can also be worn as a scarf because of the width of the thing.

The only problem I had was because I ignored the designer's suggestion to use backward loop cast on- because I find it hard to knit the first row, and instead I did long tail cast on. After I cast off the shawl I realized that my cast-on was way too tight, and I PICKED OUT 367 CAST-ON STITCHES, then bound them all off very loosely. Lesson learned. I'm just thankful that my mistake was fixable. It was all worth it.

I noticed that the designer has a similar shawl with a different lace pattern- and I'm very interested in knitting another. It's that cool.


LauraRose said...

Did you only cry before or also during the picking out and rebinding? I don't think I would have even thought it possible! I love how it's a shawl and a scarf both! Quite lovely.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Really gorgeous! I'm inspired to try this in a dk weight just to give it a little more heft.