The Imposter (a little knitting)

It’s been about a year since I went on my last visit to Fancy Tiger Crafts.  This was my favorite yarn shop in Denver so I wanted to get some yarn and a project to have as a fun memory of the shop.

I chose a pattern written by a Fancy Tiger designer and some Fancy Tiger Romney Yarn. It’s a USA raised, milled and hand-dyed yarn.  It’s a sturdy yarn.  They describe it as rustic. To me, this is yarn-speak for scratchy.  It is a little scratchy, but I soaked it in Eucalan and that did soften it up somewhat.  It will feel great in the cold winters we have here.  Not that I am in any hurry for it to get cold so that I can test that theory out.

I tried to get some pictures of the shawl.  This one is ok.  My lovely little garden serves as the background.

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Despite its “rustic” feel, this yarn was really nice to work with.

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It’s a really well written pattern too.

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Hey where did he come from?  One of my nicknames for Buster is “my little friend”.  He’s always with me.  He was watching me try to take a decent picture of my shawl.

The pattern is really a variation on a basketweave pattern (the woven look is part of the “imposter”).

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The other part of the “imposter” is the scalloped edge.  It looks like it is a crocheted scalloped edge, but it’s knitted.  A crocheted edging would have gone more quickly than this edging, but I loved doing this edging.  There were yarn overs at edge of each right side row.  After I bound off, I went back and picked up stitches on these yarn overs.  I then knitted a row with increases and then just knit a second row.  Here is where it got interesting for me.

I had to knit into that yarn over two rows below.  Knitting into a row other than the one I am currently on is one of those things that makes me feel like a “real knitter”.  So I had to do this 4 times with each yarn over.  It ended up with 425 stitches to be bound off, but I love how it ended up!

This would be a nice pattern for a comfort or prayer shawl although I’d use a softer yarn.

One thought on “The Imposter (a little knitting)

  1. Congrats on the finish. The shawl looks lovely and looks like it will be a good size to wrap up in when the winds turn chilly again.

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