Knitted in the Winter: Lemongrass, Kaellingesjal 1897

We are having a much-needed spring snow storm, so obviously it is the perfect day for modeling knitwear, right?

After I made Wingspan, I still had thousands of yards of the recycled yarn.  So I made another shawl:IMG_2447

IMG_2450Pattern:  Kaellingesjal 1897a Danish work shawl recreated by Mette Rørbech.

Yarn:  Recycled Reynolds yarn from the 1980s, in jewel-toned colors.  I still have enough yarn to make yet another shawl . . .

Modifications:  I made the lace points (on either side of the central spine) symmetrical, and knitted-on the upper lace band.  This made life much simpler 🙂

Thoughts:  I applaud Mette Rørbech for recreating this lovely (and practical) shawl, and generously making it available to the Ravelry community.  I rather miscalculated how many points I needed — I have this problem where I think I am bigger than I actually am — so the shawl is big.  Really big.  The tail is so long that I tie a bow in the back when I am wearing the shawl.

IMG_2456Pattern:  Lemongrass, by Joji Locatelli.

Yarn:  A purple Karabella Yarns Soft Tweed yarn, recycled from the Sunrise Circle Jacket by Kate Gilbert.  I knitted that jacket years ago (along with hundreds of other knitters) because it was gorgeous and had unique construction.  But that same unique construction made it difficult to adjust the size, so the jacket was always too big and I never wore it.  The yarn itself is beautiful and soft, but will not recycle again because of its loose ply.

Modifications:  I made the back longer than the front because I had this idea that I would wear the sweater while cycling . . . .  I haven’t yet, but it may happen.  I also put in two buttons on each side instead of one — I think it makes for neater sides.

Thoughts:  I love this sweater; it is soft and cozy, and casually slouchy without being sloppy.  About the only thing I would change, were I to knit this again, is make the circumference of the sleeve cuffs smaller.

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