So, I knitted up an Alcea in about 11 days. It’s gorgeous, but rather difficult with the long repeats and not knowing how the pattern flows. I got it at the end, but by that time, the shawl was almost done!
The part I hate the most about these short-row shawlettes is blocking. How do you block it? It’s not a normal shape. A circle, you can measure from the center, a triangle you can thread the wires through the edges and be done. That said, I think I did a decent job this time, though it’s more scarf-like than shawl-like. The points didn’t come out that well, but it definitely lengthened.
The Malabrigo was lovely, though it did start felting on the needles during the short-rows. I’ve never had yarn felt that easily before. It was a little strange. Would I use it again? Well, I bought one off a destash, so I guess that means… yes!
The colorway is Applewood and my friend Melissa chose it. I’d totally use this colorway again, it is gorgeous and shows up very nicely. In the future, perhaps… I ended up with about 6g left over, so I wound it into a little skein (without ties) so that Melissa can cuddle and felt it to her heart’s desire. (She really does cuddle the yarn… She crochets very very little, but she CAN do it.)
Pattern: Alcea (Rav link)
Needle: Size 7 & 9
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace (Applewood)