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Friday
Jun172011

Neighborhood Nikolai.

One of the skeins of yarn I picked up at the wool festival is called Studio Sock by Neighborhood Fiber Co.  I wanted a deep, saturated red in a semi-solid colorway and was happy to have found it in this wool.

Last week, exclusively during swim practice and pool time, I knitted up a little shawlette.  The pattern is called Nikolai and is free on Ravelry.  I'm rather shocked it doesn't have too many projects as I think it deserves much more love.  It's a magic little number, working up in no time at all.  And because you construct it end to end, using increases to widen and short rows to shape a slight crescent, you get to knit a little lace each row.  The lace repeat is easily memorized and a wonderful distraction from monotonous garter stitch.  I don't wear shawls on my shoulder.  Rather, I wrap them around my neck as a scarf so I like them best long and narrow.

It is also the perfect size project to tuck into my wristlet bag and work on while walking the pool deck, checking on one child in the lap lane, one child in the training pool, and one child in the kiddie pool.  I joked with my knitting group that I should have a pile of these before summer's end because I spend about an hour and a half at the pool each day for practice during swim team season.  And then there's an untold amount of just pool time for fun.  It's becoming fairly reliable knitting time. 

Sandra

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Reader Comments (4)

Love your shawlette and am adding pattern to my queue

June 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNapiligal

I am looking for something to take to the beach. I'm going to try this. Thanks.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLyndaGrace

Just finished making a christening gown. Now I want something simple. And mindless. Printed this pattern out this morning.

Glad to see you back here.

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

Wow, I have had "shawls as scarves" on my mind lately. I've been thinking about one of the Stephen West patterns or Cladonia but the fact that this is knitted sideways is appealing! Love the color.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarina

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