Return to me

Ashby 061In September I went back to college. I had spotted this Ashby pattern ages ago and just couldn’t get it out of my head. I had romantic visions of studying, surrounded by books, with this draped around my shoulders for extra warmth. I am so delighted with the results, I think it’s one of the most beautiful things I have ever knit. Thanks so much to my hubby for taking the photos of me with the shawl and for being so patient while I took more photos in the cold on the beach this afternoon.

Ashby 004It took some time to choose the yarn as I’m all about the smooshy, cosy, soft yarns. But when you need 677m of aran weight yarn the cost of smooshy can quickly add up. I also wanted a solid colour, something neutral, as I’m not a big fan of variegated yarns. I eventually decided on Mirasol Miski (thanks Nadia for helping me choose) and ignoring the price headed home from This Is Knit with 9 skeins (675m) of the softest Llama yarn.

DSC_0482I loved working with this yarn, the colour is so warm and it really is soooooo soft. Stitch definition isn’t great with it though, and I was worried that the manic cabelling on the border section would be lost. (There are 7 different types of cables in this shawl. Bet you didn’t know that!)

Ashby 024The shawl has an unusual construction. You knit the cabled border first, using short rows to turn the 90 degree corner. You then pick up a gazillion stitches along the edges and knit the body of the shawl decreasing four stitches on every right side row. Pretty quickly I felt the shawl was eating into the 9 skeins of yarn I had bought. Ignoring my instinct I kept going but about two thirds of the way through the body I ran out of yarn. I ordered two more skeins of yarn, hoping I wouldn’t need both, but in the end I did need some (but not nearly all) of the 11th skein. Still not thinking about the cost, no sir-ee.

Ashby 062When it was finally finished I soaked the shawl and laid it out to dry but didn’t pin it as I didn’t want the stitches stretched as you might with lace. The final measurement is 34 inches high at the spine with a wingspan of 73 inches, so slightly larger than the pattern suggested. And I love it. I’ll snuggle up to this shawl for many winters to come I hope.

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10 thoughts on “Return to me

  1. It’s beautiful! And you got some great photos at the beach. I can just imagine you sitting by a window reading wrapped in it.

  2. Reblogged this on AtomicLuLu and commented:
    I LOVE this Ashby in white. I would have never thought to do anything but a deep fall or mossy forest. See, it pays to watch other knitters ! This is going on the needles after J’s blanket.

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  4. This is stunning,,, so is the lady wearing it SMILE Went to Brooklyn Tweed to find the pattern,,,, it was not available. Does anyone out there know where to find it?

    • Wow, thanks Laura! I don’t like to think of the cost of the shawl either and I have to admit to not wearing it very much. It’s heavy but delicate and sheds like nothing on earth. But I still love knowing that it is mine. Maybe this winter I’ll make more of an effort to use it as I really do love it. Even if it’s not all that practical in this yarn, oops.

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