Monday, January 16, 2012

Juneberry Tricolor

Now that I have returned (more or less) to the land of the living, I figure it's time to post again. I've got a few posts lined up in my head, due to some new experiences (felting and steeking on two totally different projects).

However, first, the Juneberry Tricolor.

I love this thing so much. I even bought a shawl pin for it, which is a first. I've been wearing it around and getting tons of compliments.

It wasn't too difficult to knit, however, I did have to plan extensively, take tons of notes and mark up the pattern a bunch in order to get through it. I spent probably two or three hours reading the pattern, taking notes, etc. Amazing how much of a difference that makes. (sarcasm).

Prior to doing this, I could TELL how much of a difference it would make, but somehow, never did it? Go figure. I feel like an idiot for not doing this before, but of course, I've totally neglected this step on subsequent projects, and have either failed (or frogged) as a result. DUH.

I used three 230-yard skeins for this project. The lightest color and the medium color both used about half a skein. The edging used a full skein.

Charts A, B and C of the pattern were done in the lightest color. Chart D in the medium color and the Edging chart in the darkest.

After having declared numerous times that I am a bobble hater (I really do hate them), I actually found myself loving them on this shawl. I like the way Flood set them up, although I wish he had said (or I had knew) that the bobbles would stand up better if you pull the slipped stitch all the way over the entire bobble (kind of like a tiny little bobble bra), rather than just passing it over the last stitch knitted.

When I make this shawl again, and I very likely will, I will not make the mistake of using superwash wool, as I'd like the blocking around the edging to be more dramatic. As it stands though, I love it! It is still not the most complicated thing I've ever knitted, although I guess it kind of looks like it. (most complicated honors go to the Cherry Fizz scarf, which forced me to leap forward in my knitting skills in order to complete successfully.)

Pattern: Juneberry Triangle by Jared Flood
Yarn: Periwinkle Sheep Merino Worsted in Suede, Truffle and Oxblood Lily
Needle: US9 (5.5mm)

Made from yarn purchased at Rhinebeck! I've been very good at using up my purchases this year.


  1. It really is cute. Especially the rosy little nipples that are stuck all over it.

  2. I'm glad you're feeling better.
    The shawl is very pretty; the colors are well chosen and the lace - bobble combo (it would have never occured to me to combine those two, I'm not a big fan of bobbles either)makes the bobbles look very diffrent from what they look like on plain stockinette. It's definitely the kind of shawl I would wear with pleasure.

  3. Glad that you are feeling better! Your Juneberry is luscious!!! Love the colors you've used.

  4. It looks fantastic!!! I love it. I want to make one too, but it will have to wait til at least next year, when I let myself buy patterns again. Love the tri color version of yours. It's so gorgeous!

  5. I love the shawl, it's absolutely stunning! I haven't really been caught by that pattern before, but yours makes me want to knit one too. Lovely work! And I can't wait to hear about your steeking, that's one technique that still scares the living daylight out of me!

  6. that is very pretty, v!! so girly girl. I bet that would be beautiful in an offwhite color...

  7. It's no surprise that you are getting lots of compliments. It's a freaking masterpiece!

    I love your idea of doing your homework. Now why didn't I (a teacher!) think of that.

  8. What a beautiful shawl! I also enjoyed reading your more recent post about your "fails". I know how that goes especially when it comes to felting. I have had zero luck with machine wash felting. Then I get impatient and wear out my hands trying to hand felt. Felting has not been my friend.