Knitted Shawl For ww1 Film

January 28th, 2014

Now that birthdays 1 &2 are over with I can concentrate on some knitting, this week is still busy but I will get some time to sit down and knit, the white jumper is coming along nicely AT LAST! and I am starting to enjoy it but I will will be putting it aside for a few weeks while I concentrate on shawls! this is for the ww1 film “tell them of us” see more on the ‘wag screen’ link at the side of the page.

ww1 film pic
(picture By Judith Brodnicki)

I am a fair way trough knitting a shawl now, I love this and will feel a little sad to say goodbye to it, I love shawls and this one is right up my ally! With this pattern there seems to be some disagreement as to what size needles you should use, now with shawls sometimes it really doesn’t matter what yarn you use it just means you change the needles depending on the weight and this pattern is one of those, I am using a DK yarn and the pattern says ‘8bell gauge’ needles so I researched this and it is apparently a modern 4mm..however the shawls that have already been knitted have used either 5mm or 5.5! so what do I use!?

The pattern was written in such a way that any beginner can understand it which is great however I found it a little too wordy so have rewritten it, I wasn’t sure if this was a good idea at first but then I decided the only way to find the right needle size was to do a few ‘swatches’ of the pattern so was glad I wrote it up as it was much easier to knit without all the words in between!

here are the different samples I knitted up

5-5mm-about-40st-in-on-circular-needle-cable
5.5mm

5mm-about-40st-in-on-circular-needle-cable
5mm

4mm-about-40st-in-on-circular-needle-cable
4mm

I have to say I am leaning more towards the 4mm, which is great because I have already started knitting with the 4mm! I know it will take longer but it will look nicer, and it really wont take that much longer, I think as a knitter that is the first thing that goes trough your head when you go down a needle size!? before I did the samples I asked the people in the know, and had decided to knit it up in different needles while I awaited the decision, after all it may have been needed and it would give me peace of mind that it is right!

And the reply to this was to do it in the 4mm which was my original thinking’s,Phew I have done more than enough ripping back in the last few months and relieved that i did not have to do more! It did seem that the size needed has been debated more than a few times but it just seemed right to me that it would be in the 4mm, really should have learned by now to trust myself, I think I was worried about getting it wrong and having to do over once finished!

Glad I Didnt Have to Frog It
So Glad I Didn’t Have to Frog It

It is coming along nicely now and can’t be too far of finishing the main part, can’t wait to add the stripes!!

For more progress on knitting for the film visit the Orkney to Omaha! blog

by Juniper Askew

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2 comments on “Knitted Shawl For ww1 Film”

  1. Missy's Crafty Mess commented on 28th January 20145:22 pm

    That is going to be awesome when you are finished.


    1. juniperaskew commented on 29th January 20146:41 pm

      lets hope!


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