Saturday, March 16, 2013

Haiku

Over the past couple of months, my "change of pace" piece has been crochet rather than knitting—a pretty triangular shawl by Rebecca Velasquez published recently by Quince & Co.

Haiku Shawl_1
Pattern: Haiku Crochet Shawl by Rebecca Velasquez
Yarn: Isager Strik Alpaca 2
Hook: 3.50mm (E)

Haiku Shawl_2

Like Haiku poetry, the stitch pattern is composed of three lines. After a few repeats they are easily memorized. I found this to be a comforting and even restful piece to work. It's a perfect travel piece, easy to set down and pick up again.

Haiku Shawl_3

The pattern calls for Quince & Co. Tern, a lovely merino/silk fingering weight yarn I've used before for other shawls. But in my effort to work through stash yarns, I chose instead two skeins of Isager Strik Alpaca 2 that I picked up at Stitches East a couple of years ago. This 50/50 merino/alpaca, somewhat finer than Tern, created a very open and airy fabric—just what I was hoping for in a piece to wear in late winter and spring.

Haiku Shawl_4

As you work Haiku, it grows taller and wider from the tip upwards, which means you can make it as large or small as you like. I decided to keep going until I'd used most of the yarn. After blocking, it's about 49 inches wide at the top, and 28 inches from the tip to the top edge.

I really should crochet more often—it's quick, it's not difficult, and the results are always so satisfying.

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