Saturday, March 17, 2012

Finished Object: Chinook

I got the Chinook (my rav link) as a kit from Knit Picks a while ago (actually, I got two, one in each colorway) and for whatever reason didn't knit it, even though I absolutely adore it.

It was a fairly quick knit, less than two weeks, even with some pretty huge breaks due to exhaustion. Easy, although there were some typos on the pattern which caused confusion. The finished product is HUGE, easily wraps fully around my body, and hangs down to my butt.

I'm not sure whether or not I'm going to keep it, as I already have a crap-ton (totally technical term) of shawls and one of my coworkers, who is moving to France next week, fell madly in love with it. It may be hers. I haven't decided yet. Many other people have also fallen in love with it. For now, I'm wearing it, and have no plans to take it off.

What do all you other knitters out there do with all your shawls?

Anyway, I think KP is still selling the pattern, and I've seen some gorgeous versions with other yarns out there.

Pattern: Chinook (rav pattern page)
Yarn: KP lace weight, various, held double throughout.
Needle: US 8 (5mm)

In other news, my Vermont Shawl from the last post did not hold its blocking AT ALL, and the maple leaves shrunk from my hand sized down to about Georgia's hand size. It went from being a fairly large shawl to a shawlette. I'm not sure what to make of this, as I wet blocked that sucker, pinned it out completely, and it is 100% merino wool. Go figure. Also, it is very hard to photograph. I tried again today. FAIL.


  1. Gorgeous!!! Most of my knitting is for me...but a couple of months ago I did go through it all (and there is A LOT of it) and weeded out the things I don't like anymore or things I know I'll never wear and donated them.

  2. You neglected to mention that you look like a strange, hallucinogenic hawk-lady when you wear it!

  3. I have yet to knit a full-size shawl, so I'm sure I'll keep the first one.

    That blocking problem is mystifying. I didn't think that could happen with 100% wool.