Monday, February 17, 2014

Follow Your Arrow – Part 2

Follow "my" arrow and Fred, the tan tabby
This weekend I wrapped up the final rows of Ysolda Teague's Follow Your Arrow KAL.  It was a really fun project, and it was especially interesting to knit en masse because each week she released two clues.  It was a choose your own adventure-type of KAL.    Some of the other finished products are really different from this one… if you have the time, jump over to the Ravelry group and check them out.

I ended up using some stash yarn that I had purchased several years ago and I think it worked out really nicely.  I had two skeins each of four colors and there was plenty of total yardage.  (The guidance for the projects provides yardage for either a single color shawl, or a two color variant.)

From the center of the shawl

Here are a few photos of the finished product. I knit the pattern as written and chose clues 1B, 2A, 3B, 4A and 5A.  And the finished piece measures approximately 40-inches across.  It isn't a perfect semi-circle, but close… at the midpoint, it is ~24-inches wide (or tall).

I did make some changes to the pattern.  The yarn I used was Ella Rae Silkience which is an 8-ply silk blend, DK weight yarn.  I used a US 4 needle to knit the project which helped keep the size in check, since I was using a heavier weight yarn.  I alternated the colors in a four color repeat and did run out of the last color half way through clue 5A.  So I switched to the next color in the order and I don't think that anyone will be able to tell that it wasn't part of the directions.

The edge view

Anywho, another success and pleasure to knit one of Ysolda's designs.  (I think my next Ysolda project will be an Elijah… isn't he darling?)

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