Friday, April 18, 2008

Danish Serape?

What does LadyLinoleum get when she pairs some of her lovely hand dyed yarn with the Traditional Danish Tie-Shawl pattern from the latest issue of Spin-Off mag?

Nothing short of a Danish Serape!

Both bright and bold, this cool wrap combines some of my old dye experiments with that of the new. The variegated red is Kool-Aid (and so it begins), as is the turquoise variegated, while the cobalt was achieved in a Jacquard dye bath. All of the yarn is Bare Peruvian Highland Wool (fingering weight) from Knit Picks, which is a great starter yarn for beginning dyers, oh by the way.

The shawl construction is very intriguing as it begins with a starter rectangle, stitches picked up along three sides to form a triangle, then continues with the body of the shawl, increasing at the center and ends on every other row. The beginning rectangular sequence of stitches is brilliant actually.

Ooooh, I almost forgot! The other very cool aspect of this shawl? The edging!

It's braided! Actually, it's crocheted. But it looks braided! Crocheted with two colors simultaneously, this edging is a finishing technique that I intend to use again and again. Cool eh?

Spin-Off always has wonderful knitting (and crochet) patterns in addition to great articles and project ideas for the spinner. It is my current fave mag to be sure.

Now, if I could just figure out what to wear with this shawl, I'd be sittin' pretty...literally!

Happy Friday all!


Marie said...

I love the shawl (especially the edging). But I have never heard the type described as a "Danish" shawl. And that's kind of funny, because I am Danish, living in Copenhagen.

Please, Regina, could you teach us how to make that fabulous edging?


Julie said...

That.Is.Fabulous. I love the shawl and especially your use of color.

Unknown said...

The shawl is lovely. Very nice colors !!!

Crafty Andy said...

The edging is very clever.

Teaching Handwork said...

I would like to add you to my blog list... your creations are so fun

Micky said...

Yes very cool edging!
Another beauty.

Anonymous said...

Your work so nice.

Kerry H said...

I love it!! I have wanted one since I read the article in Spin Off-- but since I can't knit worth a dime, I've been trying to figure out how to do this with crochet.

Can you post your pattern for us? Do you start at the bottom-"V" or across the flat?

Anonymous said...

I have knitted 10 of these shawls including a doll shawl as well.They are addictive.eythist 38 Interesting edging but do yourself a favor and do it in two colors to keep it under control and know where you are going. I tried it with one color and it got very confusing. It isn't difficult and gives a nice finish.