Saturday, August 8, 2009

Shawl for a Friend

I began knitting a shawl for a friend of mine and had to put it aside to knit a couple of baby blankets for the two youngest grand-daughters. Both blankets are finished and I have started back on the shawl.

It will be a square shawl with an opening down the front, a collar and a sideways lace border along the bottom. I am using a size 8 Addi Turbo Lace needle and Naturally Caron's Country in three colors in a Cat's Paw pattern. I don't recommend this yarn for knitting because it is a cabled yarn that is plied in the opposite direction and tends to untwist when knitting.

Note: Most knitting yarns are spun Z and plied S, meaning the slant of the twist will mirror the slant to the right for the letter Z and to the left for the letter S. This cable yarn uses several strands of 2-ply and is then plied the opposite direction for a Z twist, which is better for crocheting than knitting. There are probably cabled yarns that are spun S and plied Z and then several plies spun S for the finished yarn. I need to do a bit of research on that subject, but it would make sense to me that someone would have figured out the problem with cabled yarns used in knitting when the final plying is done Z instead of S.
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