Well folks, we’re coming into the last few days of March, which means I’ve been knitting as much as possible on my Malabrigo March projects… which means I have two more FOs to show you! Also, a final reminder that you can still receive 20% off any of my patterns on Ravelry with coupon code “YayMal13” for 2 more days.
|Malabrigo Rios, colorway Lettuce (most accurate in this photo)|
What is this vaguely jellyfish-or-hot-air-balloon-like object, you ask? It’s a teeny tiny babysized version of my slouchy hat pattern, Huacaya, blocking over a conveniently-sized spherical candleholder.
This hat is going to my friend’s new baby, Lyra, whom I will finally get to meet tomorrow! It goes along with the coordinating cardi and booties I finished earlier this month. It is oddly satisfying to knit tiny baby versions of my adult hat patterns!
|Malabrigo Rios, colorway Aguas|
I’m so glad I finally knit something out of this colorway! I’ve called it my favorite since I first saw it but never hadn’t had the chance to knit with it until now. This design is the Impari Shawlette by Nina Machlin Dayton, a very profuse and knowledgeable designer who is a major Malabrigo Junkie. Nina is also very generous, she is a moderator in the ‘Budding Designers’ group on Ravelry and is always willing to answer questions and share what she’s learned during her design career. I’ve admired many of her designs but this is the first one I’ve actually knit and I think it was great, especially for beginner knitters as the pattern is simple and well explained. I love the asymmetrical shape of the shawl and those tassels just slay me. Nina explains how to make the tassels very clearly but I thought it would be fun to show you some photos of the process, too:
|Steps 2 & 3|
I skipped pictures of step 1, which is to cut multiple lengths of yarn, fold them in half, and join them to the corner of the shawl as you would a normal shorter fringe. Then anchor the corner of the shawl with some heavy books. Step 2 is to split the yarn in two and twist each half in the direction of the twist of the yarn, so that it holds so much twist energy that it kinks up when relaxed like the strand on the right in the first photo. I recommend putting in more twist than you think you need. Step 3 is to hold both strands taut and make a big knot at the end.
|Steps 4 & 5|
Step 4 is to let go! The tassel will snarl and kink up on itself as the twist energy escapes and that is ok. Step 5 is to run your hand down the length of the tassel multiple times, smoothing it out and letting the twist energy settle into that lovely braided-looking shape. What’s really interesting is that this process is essentially the same thing you do when you are spinning a cabled yarn. Cool, huh?
Lastly, there were some really great comments about what we all like and look for in patterns in response to my last post, I encourage you to check them out if you haven’t already. And finally, don’t forget to see some more FO’s by clicking the photo below! Have a great Friday, everyone.