Pink in the Silk

19 May

Sometimes you just have to dive in and trust the pattern. This was my approach when I started knitting my In the Pink (Ravelry link), and couldn’t make heads or tails of the pattern the first, second or even third time I read in through. It was because of the unique construction of the shawl – none of the names for the different parts made very much sense, until I had knitted them and saw how they must fit together.

Pattern: In the Pink

Yarn: 215 g Soft Silk from BC Garn, 100 % bourette silk (sport weight, 100 g = 350 m)

Needles: 4 mm

*****

The unique construction makes for an exciting knit and amazing fit. After the challenge of getting the back swirl and two wings knitted up and connected correctly, the border (which consisted of ten easily memorized rows repeated 85 times) was a welcome relief and simple fun.

Knitty told me that I should avoid wet blocking silk as it loses its strength when wet. This was the first time I’ve blocked anything by first pinning it and then spritzing it, and I’m not a huge fan of this method. It didn’t provide as clear a result as wet blocking – maybe I should’ve spritzed more thoroughly. The bourette silk was also a little uneven which may contribute to the feeling that the blocking was less than completely successful.

All in all, the pattern is made of awesome. I’m happy I knitted this despite how intimidating the pattern seemed at first, and the shawl itself will definitely be useful and loved.

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