I’ve talked about my orange jumper a lot that I’m currently knitting and I also have a knitted baby cardigan and a sock yarn shawl on the go and am about to cast on an entrelac heirloom baby blanket.
What else have I been saving lately?
I’ve been looking at shrugs and boleros, something light to put over a top as the weather gets a little bit warmer and I came across this bad boy on Ravelry.
173-40 Grey Whisper pattern by Drops Design.
I even looked at other people’s projects of this design and they look really pretty, especially in a deep purples and wine colours. Although the light and dark grey look good too.
The pattern says to use a lace weight yarn and a 4 ply yarn held together, which to my count makes a 6 ply yarn.
I was thinking of using a DK weight yarn, which is 8 ply and see how that goes.
If I followed the pattern I might go for a XL size, if I’m using thicker yarn then I think just a large? I’m not sure about yarn substitutions and sizing, but I love the look of this pattern so much, I’m willing to have a mess around with it.
The pattern says to use a 5mm needle and a 4.5mm for the rib so I’m sure DK would OK with that size…if not I’ll change needle size.
And since it’s only a shrug, it doesn’t matter if it’s a bit too loose or doesn’t have an amazing fit!
I’m not keen that you have to follow a chart, and I think the pattern could definitely be laid out a lot better to follow it. I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out where to put the chart in my head in the pattern before seeing a tiny A1 slipped into the pattern paragraph. That being said, I’ve queued this on Ravelry, which is a feature I don’t use on there very much.
I think I’ll have a go at this pattern in the winter sometime once my current WIP’s are WIP’s no more!
I have some DK yarn going spare, so I think I’m going to earmark that for this project.
Please excuse the shoddy pics, but what I have going spare is a couple of balls of the Hayfield Bonus DK or a ball each of Stylecraft Special DK. I like the Hayfield one for this project.
Incidentally, if you want to say hello, my username on Ravelry is @chronicleofellen (my old blog name which I closed down ages ago). I admit I’m not on Ravelry an awful lot, but I am trying to find autumn and winter potential makes at the moment, so I’m on it a bit more than usual!
Here’s my latest Medium article on Affiliate Links.
It’s a whopper at 2799 words!
Fun to write though…and my writing has definitely improved compared to the first article on there!