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Casting On: Gillespie Shawl

I started knitting the Gillespie Shawl from Louisa Harding’s Harmony book last night. Just like I told myself I would.

This is my effort to start the New Year on a Graceful and Harmonious note! LOL.


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Ok, I might have started swatching the night before, but swatching doesn’t count.

The Gillespie Shawl is on the cover of the new Harmony book, as you can see in the above picture. It is shown in the book in a single color version that uses three skeins of Grace Harmonies yarn, or a two color version that uses two skeins of Grace Harmonies for the body and two skeins of Grace Hand Beaded for the leaf edging.

Grace Harmonies is a new yarn in the Grace Collection.

Louisa explained the unique dying technique in the Louisa Harding Lovers group on Ravelry:

Grace Harmonies is manufactured in Italy then dyed using new machine technology which is able to inject many colours into the yarn, you can choose tone on tone shades as I have done with the Grace Harmonies or completely contrasting colours. When knitted up the yarns do have a very different look but are designed to work with the other yarns in the Grace family.

I am making the single color version using Grace Harmonies in color #7-Bebop. Isn’t that a fun color name?

IMG_3058Swatching is, of course, important for all projects. But since this is a shawl, and I’m not terribly worried about “fit”, I worked quick 4″ swatches.

I’m glad I did as I saw my gauge change in just that small amount of space. I started with the US8 needles recommended in the pattern. My gauge became looser the further up the swatch I got as I relaxed into the rhythm of the knitting.

The same thing happened when I changed to US7 needles. I decided to stick with the US7 needles on the theory that even if I start out a little tight I’ll end up closer to the correct gauge as I go along.

I was lazy and didn’t wash my swatch, so there should be room for any growth if the finished shawl relaxes when I block it.

IMG_3069The pattern is zipping along so far (isn’t that always the way). I finished the first leaf last night. The shawl grows out from a small cast on, so the rows will get longer from here.

There is no chart, but I’m hoping the repeating nature of the pattern will make it easy to memorize. I spent a lot of time looking at my work last night in an attempt to orient myself.

There is a lot going on with the lace pattern along the right edge and the leaf along the left edge, but I expect to get into the flow of things, especially once I’m past the increase portion.

Are you knitting a project from the Harmony book? Share pictures of your progress on the Louisa Harding Facebook wall. The Louisa Harding Lovers Group on Ravelry is another great place to share your projects.

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