Askews Me, My Dears!

It all started here.

img_24355 skeins of Spun Right Round DK. Add in the encouragement of my buddies in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group and the brioche-along we decided we to embark on and I was casting-on an Askews Me Shawl.

img_2454Things were going very well…

img_2473I got to about here and then it started to get warm outside and our time outside picked up and the shawl was kind of warm and bulky to drag along with me. So I set it down. And it sat, boy how it sat, until well into autumn. When I finally decided to pick it back up, despite remembering otherwise I found I had taken rather shoddy notes and I wasn’t quite sure where I’d left off. I ripped it back and started over and this time carried on through until the end.

img_5300It’s really so, so pretty and was such a big squishy soft knit. And it was truly excellent to work on in November when there was a chill in the air.

I don’t have the best photos courtesy of the loads of rain and grey skies we’ve been having, but I did the best I could with what I have.

askews-me3It’s a whole lot more wild than my usual projects.

askewsme4Once in a while though, isn’t wild kind of fun?

askews-me2One side is the light pink/orange to medium blue to yellow and the other is light blue/grey to medium blue to dark blue (broken a bit with a yellow stripe). And I used the dark blue for the icord bind-off that it 100% awesome.

askews-meI’ll keep looking for an opportunity to get better photos as I know these are sub-optimal. I just couldn’t wait any longer to share as it’s better sitting here finished for at least a month.

I have to say, brioche is a different pace that non-brioche knitting, but if you give it time there is definitely a wonderful rhythm to it. I found the Askews Me pattern to be very well written, too. There are a couple increases and decreases to learn, but I was impressed in that they were very well explained and easy to execute. The resulting fabric is fantastic, too — especially when paired with the a super soft yarn such as the Spun Right Round DK. Beyond the bright colors and bold combinations, this shawl is by far the squishiest, coziest, craziest, most fun shawl I’ve ever made. Three cheers for my Askews Me Shawl , Spun just the Right way Round.

26 thoughts on “Askews Me, My Dears!”

  1. Your shawl is beautiful. I look forward to seeing you wearing your shawl. Stephen West’s designs are a work of art, that I’m afraid to tackle yet, but you are brave.

    1. The weather did not cooperate with my timeline, but I will try to get some modeled photos up in Ravelry sometime.

      He has a lot of very simple designs! I’ve been knitting them from his early days – if you start with one of those (like Boneyard or Pagona) and get a feel for his style, moving on to his more elaborate designs will be easier as you’ll be familiar with how he writes.

    1. Have you tried the class on Craftsy? Or maybe one of Nancy Marchant’s books? I didn’t know until I just checked her name but check out her site – lots of tutorials and info there!

      1. Good to read your post about a single tredle spinning wheel too. I have a bad knee and now I’m thinking a single tredle would be grand!

  2. I keep talking myself out of that shawl because I am unwilling to face that much brioche, but every time I see one I love it! Yours is so colorful!

    1. It’s a fun knit. I was a little intimidated by the increases and decreases interrupting the potato chip knitting aspect, but it was really easy to learn and was pretty smooth knitting. I went well beyond he actual size, I think – I just knit until I ran out of yarn, but you could certainly go smaller with it. ☺

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