Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Miralda Shawl (Yakity Yak)







Finally finished blocking the Miralda Shawl and I have to say that the Yak/Silk blend from "A Verb For Keeping Warm" did fluff up and is very soft with a nice subtle sheen. This is a quick and easy knit with interesting construction. You cast on the edging and then decrease at the center and both sides to make the triangle which ends at the back of your neck on this shawl. I used US 6 needles and the original shawl asks for a a fingering weight yarn though I went a bit thinner. This shawl is maybe 5 ounces of yarn. Every version of this shawl that I have seen is really pretty in its own way. If you want a laugh, look at the Feb 26, 2009 entry for The Yarn Harlot :-) Now to look at my UFO's.

27 comments:

Laritza said...

Very pretty as always. But do I want to cast on 331 stitches? well I've knit (almost) Princess....why not?

Amanda said...

Beautiful work - as always!

Soo said...

I agree - Miralda seems to be one of those patterns that knits up well in lots of different yarns/weights/colours. Yours is certainly proof of that. Lovely!

fleegle said...

Really really really gorgeous!!I love shawls that decrease to the end--I wish there were more designs that used this method.

Vicki said...

Your Miralda looks so light and airy. And nice and large, to. Lovely!

missalicefaye said...

Beautiful work--it looks much more open and airy than the one pictured in the book. And I love working a project that has less stitches on the needles the closer you get to the end. :)

MoniqueB. said...

It's a gorgeous shawl, love the subtle colour. It's quite big in size, but the pattern can take it (can't really translate what I want to say..). It's not to open.

Poor Yarnharlot, ROFLMAO. Makes me appreciate lace knitting thát much more. Thanks for the link, it made me laugh till I cried. i needed that.

Carol said...

That is an interesting way to make a shawl. i wonder why more aren't done that way.

Anonymous said...

Oh My. Saw this at A Verb For Keeping Warm today. Even more gorgeous to look at and feels luscious! The color just cannot be captured in a photo

Grace

Nise said...

everytime i think i know what i want to make from the book, you or someone else just blows me away!

Judith said...

ahhhhh, lovely! (as always). I have some fingering weight alpaca set aside for it, love the color. Looking at the blocking pic, I was wondering how it stays on your shoulders? Even though you fold that "V" part over to make a little collar, it still looks like it might slip off easily.

AlisonH said...

Wow. GORGEOUS. Wow.

Jane said...

Dear Laritiza,

You can knit anything so this would be a cinch! Since I cast on the entire edge for the Crown Prince Shawl and knit it in the round, this was much easier.

Jane said...

Dear Amanda,

Thank you! I wish everything I knit was beautiful but that's really not the case. The "fugly" ones never get show on the blog LOL!

Jane said...

Dear Soo,

Thanks! I really have yet to see a bad looking Miralda. It really is worth the effort to knit.

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

I have to agree on that point. it was really great to get shorter and shorter rows. I may have to give that a try with some other patterns too.

Jane said...

Dear Vicki,

Thanks! I like how light it turned out as well. Not as "sturdy" looking as the one in the book and it's a fair sized shawl.

Jane said...

Dear missalicefaye,

Yes, the original was a little heavy using fingering weight yarn but I have no complaints about the construction. It was very quick to knit as well.

Jane said...

Dear MoniqueB,

I agree that the pattern can be knit with thinner yarn effectively without loosing any of the effect. The color is very gentle and looks great with blue jeans :-)

Jane said...

Dear Carol,

From what I've read, some people are a little reluctant to cast on so many stitches to start with so perhaps that is the reason. The shawl is not a true triangle as it has a "peak" at the back of the neck.

Jane said...

Dear Grace,

I love the color of this yarn and the softness of that Yak/Silk really is divine. i have a terrible time trying to get the color to show up in pictures. Besides, everyone has a different picture since computer monitors rarely show the real color either.

Jane said...

Dear Nise,

Most of the shawls or stoles in the book are very pretty to knit so you really can't go wrong:-)

Jane said...

Dear Judith,

That peak in the back folds down to make a little collar but you are right that it does not want to say on your shoulders that well in a yak/silk. I think wool would stretch and fit better. Shawls like Laminaria and Hyrna stay on better because of their shape. Still, the shawl ties in the front and stays on that way.

Jane said...

Dear AlisonH,

Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement since you are such a terrific knitter :-)

Opal said...

gorgeous shawl, but i don't expect any less from you jane. :)

Jane said...

Dear Opal,

Thank you! I often wonder if thing are going to come out nicely when I spin for a project. I was lucky this time :-)

Monika said...

Your Miralda shawl turned out beautifully! I have it on my needles right now, but don't feel inspired to finish it. It's probably the plain natural white yarn I'm using. I want to dye the finished shawl. It is a lovely shawl indeed.