Fresh off the needles: Solaris Shawl

May 17, 2017

I bought the yarn I used for this project last August during Yarn Along the Rockies and kept it in my closet until this March when a local yarn shop was hosting a KAL on Facebook for this project. It gave me the confidence boost to cast on knowing that I could ask questions if I had any and someone would be able to help me. I was a little nervous about the short rows and the special stitch in the border, but Melanie writes her patterns so simple and clearly that I didn’t have any issues! This is actually the first knitting project where I didn’t have to frog any of it or use a lifeline.

Here’s what I used:

  • Solaris knitting pattern by Madeline Tosh here
  • Madeline Tosh Merino Light in The Raddness (2 skeins, but should’ve gotten 3!)
  • Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails in Coquette, Neon Peach, Edison Bulb, Blue and Black
  • 4.0 mm needles

Even though I bought enough yarn according to the pattern, I was about to run out towards the end so I had to eliminate a few rows in the border as well as a few repeat sections before the border. Oh well, I didn’t mind cutting it short because this project was taking for-ev-er and I didn’t finish the KAL in time. But because I cut out a few rows before the border, my count was off from the pattern’s, so I kinda improvised with that as I went along.

I’m notorious for losing interest once projects get too big, and that happened with this one, not surprisingly. It was such a laborious effort, I may have still cut out the end of the border anyway just to end it. I got to the point where I was basically only finishing so I could cast on a new project.

I have to say, if I could go back, I would replace the dark pink with a bright pink to match the pink speckles in the main color. But otherwise, I’m pretty happy with it.

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