Autumn Citron and Blue Miami Beach Shawls

Another week of work is finished. It’s been a very overcast, rainy and bleak day in Brisbane today and the weekend looks like it will be the same so it’ll be ideal weather for knitting! Tomorrow I’m off to do some more yarn bombing and straight after that it’s off to Knit and Knatter which I am so looking forward to.

At one stage I seemed to be knitting socks and more socks and now I’m knitting shawls and more shawls!

This Citron Shawl is my second using this pattern (and I’ve recently started my third!).

Autumn Citron 01

I love this pattern as it’s easy to follow and easy to knit. I would point out however that there is NO increasing when knitting rows 3-5 and 7-11. I get caught out every time!! If you’re going to knit this pattern maybe it would be an idea to write these words beside these rows. This shawl sits beautifully on my shoulders.

Autumn Citron 02

The yarn used for this shawl is the extra ball I had specially dyed by Angela from Shorn Fibers. It’s called Tuff Sock and is an 80% merino / 20% nylon yarn. I hit a bit of a snag as I reached the bottom of the shawl as I was fast running out of yarn. A quick visit to my stash room and I found some left over Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light which is a 100% merino yarn. I had originally used this yarn for my Wholehearted Shawl and luckily there was enough left over and I think the paler green edging matches perfectly.

Shorn Fibers Autumn Gradient 3

Madelinetosh-65 TML Grasshopper

The shawl reminds me of those jellied citrus sweets…

Citrus image 02-tile

Autumn Citron 06

For a bit of a change I added a picot edging. I love a picot edge; it takes a while to complete but does look effective and is great for using up surplus yarn if you have it.

Autumn Citron 09

My Miami Beach Shawl turned out perfectly especially using this blue yarn…

Miami Beach Shawl 01

which is Cleckheaton Country 8ply in this unusually bright blue colour.

Cleckheaton Country Blue 02

The shawl has a beautiful lace edging…

Miami Beach Shawl 06

Both shawls are easy knits as there’s a lot of plain garter stitch.

Miami Beach Shawl 02

 

Miami Beach Shawl 07

The stitch definition is beautiful!

Miami Beach Shawl 05

I hope you’ve got some inspiration from these two patterns.

Until next time…

Melanie

 

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A Rainbow ‘Happy’ Citron Shawl

They say that bright colours make you happy. Well, if that’s the case you should all be happy after reading this post!

I’ll start with the yarn first. Would you have fallen in love with this brightly coloured yarn? It’s a new one this season for Spotlight called Fayette. It’s an 8ply / DK, 60% wool / 40% acrylic blend.

Moda Vera Fayette Frenzy 02

This colourway is called Frenzy. Don’t you just love it? Reminds me of a macaw.

Moda Vera Fayette Frenzy 04

The pattern is called Citron and is free on Ravelry. It’s a pattern one of my friends was knitting not long ago in a similarly coloured yarn. I was quite captivated with it so decided to make a Citron shawl as well.

Here it is …………….

Rainbow Citron 01

Are you happy yet?

Rainbow Citron 02

I started the shawl using size 4mm needles and felt that it wouldn’t turn out as large as I wanted it so after a few rows I progressed to size 5mm needles but still wasn’t satisfied so I jumped onto size 8mm needles which made it lovely and big enough to wrap right around me.

Rainbow Citron 04

This is a picture taken with the shawl on the floor to try and give you an idea of its size and shape.

Rainbow Citron 05

The size 8mm needles really show the m1R holes in the shawl but at least they’re all evenly spaced! Would you believe the last few rows of the frill are knitted in a different yarn as I ran out of the Frenzy. I used a crepe 8ply / DK yarn of similar colours. You’d hardly notice the difference.

Rainbow Citron 06

I only did a gentle blocking as I didn’t want to disturb the gentle rouching throughout the shawl.

Rainbow Citron 08

or the frill along the edge.

Rainbow Citron 09

You could say I am very happy with this shawl. What do you think of it?

Rainbow Citron 10

I hope I have lifted your spirits if they were in need of a lift 🙂

Today I am off to join a yarn bombing exercise at the Terrace Cafe in Cleveland. We’ll be yarn bombing a cane chair. It’s part of a Curated Spaces Project being undertaken by Redland City Council so I am hoping a few people turn up. It should be fun! If you look at the picture at the bottom left hand side of the link it shows a small piece of my yarn bombing from a previous project….the brown/cream stripey looking knitting.

Until next time…

Melanie