FO Friday: AMS 2012 Olive Lace

This is my fourth year making the Anniversary Mystery Shawl — a free KAL put out annually by prolific lace designer Renee Leverington.

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Project: AMS 2012 Olive Lace

Pattern: Anniversary Mystery Shawl 2012

Designer: Renee Leverington

Available: soon

Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in #56 Olive

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I chose Malabrigo Lace as a backup plan, when a skein of lace from my stash turned out to be horribly cut up in many places.  (I’m STILL not happy about that!)  But, it turned out to be a great excuse to knit with Malabrigo Lace, which is so soft and wonderful.  It is a single-ply, which makes it a tad delicate, but definitely worth the extra effort.

After trying several colors, I settled on “Translucent Amber” beads with a “Rainbow” finish.  I love the warm neutral brown of the amber, and the translucence allows the bead to blend with the yarn better.  Finally, the rainbow finish makes each bead a bit different, again allowing for better blending.  At least that’s my theory!

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My favorite part of this shawl was the big leaf motif at the top!

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This shawl is a 4/6 hexagon.  You could block it as a square … but I vastly prefer the 4/6 hex shape.

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FO Friday: Harmonia’s Tidepool Rings

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Project: Harmonia’s Tidepool Rings

Pattern: Harmonia’s Rings Cowl

Designer: Sivia Harding

Available: $6 on Ravelry

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Tidepool Heather

I’ve made this pattern before — and I wore my purple Harmonia (made from KP City Tweed) near-constantly last winter.  It’s warm, interesting to look at, flattering, and (best of all) fun to knit.  The pattern begins with a mobius cowl, with increases on one half of the stitches.  At a certain point, the non-increased half is cast off, and from their the pattern continues in the round on the increased half only. Clever construction plus a reversible pattern make for a very wearable FO.  I especially like the optional extra length and beaded picot bind-off.

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