Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Merging Ripple Shawl - Kyoko Nakayoshi (Knitscene, Winter 2012)

And this is done!
Forgive my rambly blogging but I'm a bit of a zombie this afternoon...


Pattern: Merging Ripple Shawl by Kyoko Nakayoshi

Errata: none

Yarn: Manos de Uruguay Serena in Zinnia # 2110 and Harbor # 2444

Needles: Size 3 circulars - 40"

Mods: None

Can I just tell you how much I LOVE the color Orange...
Like LOVE love.
A good old Rothko sunset-y blue Orange.

So I was very happy to find this lovely Orange yarn from Manos.
Alone, it has a bit of pinky-ness to it. 

But next to the blue, it really becomes warm and sunset-y.
The Manos yarn is quite nice in the hands and there were no snafus or breaks in the yarn.

It's light and I can see this yarn working well for shawls or even lightweight socks!
And the nicest thing about the Manos yarn is:
"With each purchased skein of Manos del Uruguay yarn you will be helping a woman to support her family. Each skein is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village it came."


I really enjoyed this pattern and it's very easy to make.

If you've made yourself a Color Affection, then you can for sure make this one. 
In Color Affection, you start small and work from the top down.

And in this pattern, you start at the bottom (casting on A TRILLION stitches) and then work up, making it smaller and smaller with decreases until there are just a few stitches on the needles.

The method of creating the visual pattern is the same as with Color Affections...with Wraps and Turns.
I love the trompe-l'oeil that it gives...

It's nice to finally have a real model to show my work on!
Here's my niece on 4th of July!

Oh, to be young and thin again...

It's just as visually interesting on the inside as it is on the outside!

I have to say...

I thought this would come out a bit bigger!

I went down a needle size since I'm the crazy loose knitter...
And my gauge ended up being exact, which is nice.

But I almost wish I had worked this on the needle size it called for
because I'd like for it to be just a teeny bit bigger.

But overall, I'm very happy with it.
Now, too bad it's been like A BILLION degrees lately and I'm living in tank tops.

The last think I wanna do is cover myself up MORE!

And here's your Art History for the day...
Mark Rothko's Orange and Yellow 1956



  1. I'm just about to cast the Merging Ripples shawl on (all 302 stitches). Thanks for the informative post, I'll definitely go up a needle size.

    1. LOL! Right! 302 stitches cast on!!! I put a stitch marker every 20 rows to help me count better in case I lost my place! Have fun with this one! :)