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Torn Shawl

The Name

Torn by Natalie Imbruglia

Indicative of the open holes in the middle of the shawl, resembling a torn shawl.

Cast On: May 17, 2014
Cast Off: May 19, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle US 17

Torn Shawl
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The Yarn

Yarn A, B, D, F (bottom up): Unknown

Fiber Content: Unknown
Yarn Color: Unknown
Yarn Weight: Unknown

Yarn C: Knitting Fever Flutter

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Yarn Color: 05
Yarn Weight: Unknown

Yarn E: Plassard Insolite

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Yarn Color: 09
Yarn Weight: 3

Yarn G: Bernat Boa

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Yarn Color: 81305 Parrot
Yarn Weight: 6

Yarn H: Feza Aspen

Fiber Content: 40% Acrylic, 30% Mohair, 15% Metallic, 8% Nylon, 7% Polyester
Yarn Color: 662
Yarn Weight: 4

Torn Shawl
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The Shawl

Dimensions: approximately 62 x 37 inches

Having a little yarn (the black nubbins) left over from the previous pink project, I decided it was close enough to purple to begin this improvised shawl. Once again, I double stranded the yarns, attaching new yarn to the end of the previous end. One important thing I realized and must remember from this point forward: eyelash must be double stranded with something of more weight to prevent atrophy. In this case, where I the Plassard Insolite and the Knitting Fever Flutter coincided, the shape is bowed. Live and learn.

I am really becoming a fan of making projects in this fashion. They are quick and easy, allowing the yarns to create the wow factor. Even the Feza Aspen used in conjunction with another yarn looks better than the Grape Soda Shawl I made using only the yarn, which in person appears quite brash, presuming not everyone, like me, wants to stand out or make a statement.

The construction worried me a bit because I only increase on one side, every row. While it was on the needles, I was thinking the shape was too narrow, and was much relieved when I bound off and discovered the shape was not too narrow. The shawl is work in garter stitch, using a KFB (knit front and back) increase.

The name comes from the song by Natalie Imbruglia and basically describes my emotional state of late. Being sick is not one of my favorite pastimes, especially when I am being kept from making an income. Emotionally, my mind is in upheaval over issues I must deal with that I have procrastinating on. I don’t know which came first the name or the design element in the center back of the shawl. I was also torn as to whether, or not, I should gift the shawl to Madeline, my Jewish mother, or sell it. I just sent her pictures and she loves it, so at least that is one less decision I have to make.

I am hoping to make a crescent shaped or half circle shawl next…in blues.

Price: USD $60.00 2018-08-14: Removed from inventory; donated to charity

Kid Afghan

On da Hook: April 11, 2012
Off da Hook: April 18, 2012
Recipe: Kid Afghan by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Knitting Fever Euro Baby Kids Rock (Fiber Content: 93% Acrylic, 7% Polyester; Yarn Color: 05 Creme; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky)
Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Dimensions: approximately 3 feet square

Wow! What I hoped would be a two-day project turned out to be a one-week project. I continually kept screwing up the stitch pattern and would have to frog 1-3 rows each time. The border presented a couple of problems as well: the first time I did not like what I had done, the second time I ran out of yarn. A recipe PDF is available on my Recipes page.

I bought this yarn at a “local yarn store” and despite the fact that it is 93% Acrylic/7% Polyester, the price per skein was hefty.

The name – Kid, a song by The Pretenders – was inspired by the yarn name and for whom the afghan would be most appropriate.

Recipe Proviso

  • I condone any profit you realize from selling your finished project
  • I condone duplication/copy of the recipe for dissemination among your friends
  • I am available for help via email: ahookersworld@gmail.com