FO Friday – Pheasant Quill

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 All that's left of the alpaca trim.

All that’s left after the alpaca trim.

Last week I had set a goal to finish my Pheasant Quill in time for this week’s FO Friday post and I just barely squeaked this one in!  I hold good books from the library totally responsible because I just couldn’t put them down 🙂  I finished up the last two repeats of the edging this morning as the kids ate their breakfast.

This has been a whopper of a shawl, consuming:

  • 4oz of BFL/silk in “Pheasant” colorway by Spunky Eclectic
  • 6oz of BFL in “Dijon” colorway by Spunky Eclectic
  • 4oz of alpaca that I was gifted by my dear friend Tina of Peacefully Knitting.  The bottom picture is all that is left of that handspun … that was a close one!

That is a total of 14oz of wool for this baby!

The pattern was straightforward, very well written, and a delight to knit.

I made two very minimal mods which didn’t affect how the finished project looked.  Instead of working purl rounds in the Old Shale Lace Frame, I wrapped the first stitch of the round and fliped to the wrong side (not that there really is a wrong side to this shawl) so that I could work the round in knit instead of purl.  Once I reached the start-of-round marker, I would wrap the next stitch, flip my work back to the right side, and work as for the chart directions.  Easy peasy no purling!

My second mod was really of very little significance.  Instead casting on the lace edging stitches using backwards loop, I used a provisional cast on method and then grafted the two edges together once the lace edging was completed.  Yes, that’s right, I CHOSE to do kitchener stitch!  He he he.  What a rebel I am!

I’m very happy with how the shawl turned out and I highly recommend this pattern for handspun yarns, especially for fun handpainted fiber. The garter stitch center panel really makes the yarns the star.

What have you been working on this week?  Have you finished up any big projects recently?  I’d love to hear all about it!

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