ThankYou shawl

I agreed to make a shawl to thank two special ladies. They chose a skein of silk from the pallet offered by RedFish Yarns at HGA Convergence last Summer. I added some glass beads, and used that chair upholstery pattern from earlier this year (the purple vest). Here’s the finished circular-warp sprang shawl.

ThankYou shawl

ThankYou shawl

OK, looking back I see that I did not post about that upholstery pattern, nor did I post about the purple vest. Well, here’s the story: among my travels, I spent a night at a hotel in Michigan. There was this chair in the lobby, with an interesting pattern. My friend said, “You could do that in sprang!” Not one to shirk a textile challenge, I mapped out the pattern.

Chair upholstery inspiration

Chair upholstery inspiration

Deriving the pattern

Deriving the pattern

I used a Bockens cotton, purchased from the Lone Star Loom Room at their booth at Convergence in Milwaukee. I set up a flat warp, and worked from hem toward the neckline. I’ve been experimenting with ways to finish the neckline. A slit for a V-neck means an opening that dips into the back, makes it difficult to keep the shirt centered properly, front to back. Such a slit can also cause stress at the last few stitches before the opening. I’ve been experimenting with alternate ways of doing this. The multi-colored vest in a post earlier this summer also features this sort of thing. screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-11-20-09-am

Knitted ribbing to finish the neckline

Knitted ribbing to finish the neckline

Back view, sprang vest

Back view, sprang vest