FO Friday: Zaubershawl

2841 Zaubershawl

“Sun in Cold Water” is the September KAL in the Beginner Lace Knitters group on Ravelry. Since purchasing a ball of super-colorful Zauberball in March, I’ve been searching for a pattern that would show off the stunning colorway.  After several failed attempts, I’d put the ball aside — but this pattern seemed like it would suit perfectly. I’m pleased with the results!

2842 Zaubershawl

Project: Zaubershawl

Pattern: Sun in Cold Water

Designer: Julia Faranchuk

Available: FREE! on Ravelry

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in #1536

This shawlette is a crescent, worked from the bottom up.  The designer’s intent was to allow intentional pooling of a short-repeat variegated yarn — of course my extra-long repeat Zauberball doesn’t do that.  The initial cast-on is provisional — you come back at the end to work a loopy crocheted-chain edge.  (You can also make the crochet chain first, and pick up every 6th st to cast on.)  Short rows shape the body.

2844 Zaubershawl

After my recent spate of shawlette-making, I’ve become opinionated.  I made a number of modifications to this pattern, to suit my own preferences.

  • using s2kp throughout instead of sk2p throughout
  • changed last two rows of chart to line up better with the leaves
  • short rows: did graduated lengths for a more crescent-y shape
  • 3-st icord bind off at top edge
  • bottom finish: SC in each loop, ch3 between (instead of ch6)
Before blocking, the lace edging was very rumpled:

2837 Zaubershawl in progress

 

 

I decided to pull out points, rather than pin each of the 259 crochet-chain loops:

2839 Zaubershawl blocking

 

The blocked shawl:

2840 Zaubershawl (blocked)

Cast-on Monday: Zaubershawl

Way back in March, I bought this super-colorful Zauberball at Mind’s Eye Yarns in Cambridge, MA.  I had been on a socialization trip with my puppy, Clewe.  The owner was kind enough to invite him inside!
1950 Zauberball 1536

 

I took so long to decide on a color, he actually fell asleep upside down on the shop floor.  Aw, cute!

1948 Clewe asleep at yarn shop

 

I tried several different patterns with the Zauberball, with no luck at all … until I decided to try it for the BLK’s September KAL: Sun in Cold Water by Julia Faranchuk.  I cast on Sept 1st, and I’m zipping right along with the pattern.  The colorway is SO much fun — a little out of my usual palette, but there’s nothing wrong with that!  I can’t wait until it’s done and I can block it out.

2837 Zaubershawl in progress