Monday, March 21, 2011

Finished Project: Helm's Deep Shawl

Helm's Deep Shawl
Pattern: Helm's Deep by JoAnne Mottola (My Ravelry Project Page)
Size made: 76" (length); 21" (width)
Craft: Knit 

Needle used: US 8 (5.0 mm) circular
Yarn used: Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool
Color: 126 Nature's Brown
Yardage Used: 720 yards (659 meters)
Bought yarn from: JoAnn's (for 50% off!!!)
Use yarn again? Yes. It is all wool but it really wasn't bad at all to knit with.  It's a bit rough but honestly, I like knitting with wool much better than soft acrylic or mohair for some reason. I feel like my hands sweat more with the latter types of yarn.  Okay, back to this yarn!  I gave it a good washing after it was all put together and it feels lovely. A little scratchy every now and then but not a problem at all.

Project Details and Feedback
Duration of Project: January 28th to March 2nd, 2011
Made for: Me I'm pretty sure. =]
Modifications: I only did a few modifications for this pattern.  The first one was an accident. I noticed near the end of the knitting that my bobbles aren’t how the instructions say to do them (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1). Instead I somehow managed to be doing k1, k1tbl, k1, k1tbl, k1. They aren’t as clean and it is a bit bigger (I think) but I’m pretty happy with them nonetheless. The other modification I did was that for the middle section (the Moorish Lattice Pattern: Chart 2) I did 3 repeats instead of the 7 called for.  I'm really happy with this decision because it is 76" long with only the 3 repeats.  I am 5'3" (max) so I really didn't need the extra four repeats.  I think that the way it stays on me is really nice and I'm really happy with it.
Make this pattern again?I think that this is such a fun pattern and the result are amazing.  I would love to try this again as a smaller shawl or as a scarf.
Final thoughts/ recommendations:I have no recommendations for this pattern except to trust what she writes in it.  It's very well written and if you just follow her instructions (even if they seem a little odd, and the charts are not the standard way of writing them) you'll get the same result.  I am so happy with her pattern and will have to see if she made more.   
I also have to say it is so fun to knit something inspired from The Lord of the Rings. I had such a great time knitting this and watching the trilogy again and again! =]

 What I learned/practiced in this pattern: I practiced chart reading, 3 needle bind off, SSK (I found out I was doing it wrong before this!) and I realllly worked on my patience and preservation!



Anonymous said...

Very lovely shawl. Picture are nice too.
Now it's time to get back to the

LeeAnn Schaefer said...

I'm tryingggg!!

and thank you. =]