Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Finished Objects: Ziyal and Ruffled Ziyal

I have two finished objects to share with you today, both of my own design. They both use the smocking stitch. It's a really simple design, but I think it looks really good. Here is the first one:


pattern: Ziyal, not yet released
yarn: Malabrigo Rios, colorway Playa
needles: US 8s
raveled: Ziyal




 
This was my first time using Rios and it didn't disappoint. This cowl is soo soft! I've been wearing it around the house for no other reason that it feels like soft angel kittens have taken up residence around my neck. The colors are fabulous too!

My second cowl also used the same stitch pattern, but I varied it up a bit. I made ruffled edges by tripling the stitch count. It was a good idea in theory, but didn't work out so hot. I used a leftover skein of Madeline Tosh Chunky from my vest, and the ruffles are so heavy that the top one falls down when I'm wearing it. I think it would work well if I used DK or sport weight yarn, but it just didn't work for the chunky. I would have preferred it a bit bigger as well, but I didn't have enough yarn to do so. Oh well, live and learn.


pattern: Ziyal
yarn: Madeline Tosh Chunky, colorway Tart
needles: US 8s
raveled: Ruffled Ziyal

I posted this pattern on Ravelry for testing last night, had it fill up by this afternoon, and already had one tester finish it (Rebecca at ChemKnits, you're awesome!). How cool is that? Ravelry never ceases to amaze me.

As far as other knitting goes, I'm trudging along with my Winnowing. I feel like I've been working on it forever but I haven't even finished using my first ball yet which means I'm not even 33% of the way done. I just keep telling myself the finished product will be worth it. Why don't we make that the question of the day; what was your favorite finished object that you disliked knitting?

11 comments:

  1. I love, love, love this design. I cannot wait until you are done with the testing, because I have to knit one of my very own! I might even try it with the suggested yarn : )

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  2. The cowl is beautiful! Malabrigo never disappoints does it??? I love your design too, very nice!

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  3. Amazing pattern, I will very likely try this when it's available. As for my favorite FO that I disliked knitting, that would be my Sunday Swing Socks because they were on size 1 dpns and it took forever! Good luck with yours ;)

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  4. My favorite is the cowl with the ruffles!

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  5. The colours in your cowls are gorgeous! I really like the Ziyal pattern.

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  6. Malabrigo Rios is such a lovely yarn and I absolutely agree that it feels like "kittens" on the skin. Your new designs are great and I imagine fun to knit. I don't yet have a favorite FO that I disliked knitting but I imagine I will one day!

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  7. Nice patterns! I'll have to look at the Ravelry thread for test knitting! I would really love to do it some time! As per your question, I don't think I've ever liked or finished a project that I disliked knitting ;-)

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  8. Very pretty, well done! The ruffles are very nice looking, but I do believe when you say they're heavy.

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  9. Oh my goodness that is the most beautiful colorway! And such pretty patterns too. :)

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  10. You're purdy. Oh, and the knitting looks good too.

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  11. I had so much fun testing this cowl. I cannot decide who to give it to! There are two men on my knit list that received hats in this same yarn last Christmas, so it will likely go to one of them.

    I intend to do more smocking projects soon!

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