Elizabeth Street

Knit: Antarktis Shawl

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While I was on vacation, I packed all four of my current WIPs!  I did get lots of knitting time compared to a typical week at home, but I was only able to finish one project.  This was my Antarkis shawl: 

I picked up this skein of Manos del Uruguay Alegria over a year ago while visiting a friend.  It's a beautiful, hand dyed fingering weight yarn in all these jewel toned colors.  It's not what I typically am drawn towards but I just couldn't pass it up in the store.  It sat for a long while as I waited to find a pattern that only used a single skein and was something I knew I'd get a lot of wear out of.  I finally came across Antarktis by Janna Kallio; a drapey, wearable, easy to knit shawl.  I love the way the pattern makes such good use of a single skein.  

The knitting itself got to be a little tedious for me; I think because I'm just used to working with worsted or bulky weight yarns.  By the end my stitch counts were a titch off and I just wanted to be done and move on.  Blocking was the magic step here, transforming this small, triangle shape into a full-on shawl that's absolutely perfect for wearing as a scarf.  So while it may be a good long while before I knit another fingering weight project, I love the finished piece.  

Pattern: Antarktis by Janna Kallio

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Alegria; colorway Tannat

Size: finished length approximately 60"