I eventually got around to blocking my Baktus this week, so am finally able to show off my crazy, colourful rainbow stripes.
Pattern: Crest of a Wave Baktus by Jan Henley
Yarn: Skein Queen Squash in Baubles
The yarn was a Christmas present in 2011, from my lovely friend Emmylou. It sat in my stash for months, with no real idea what it was going to become.
I had no idea how to deal with yarn that changed colour so often, and in such a bright combination! It wasn't until I knit my Momijigari that I realised that a simple garter stitch pattern might make the most of this yarn.
I loved this project. It was a complete joy from start to finish. The fact that you knit the pointy bits as you go along makes for a much quicker finish as well; one of the things that really slowed down Momijigari was the endless rows after picking up all the stitches for the border, but with the Baktus, this just didn't happen.
I failed utterly to measure it before and after, but trust me, it grew a lot during blocking. The end result is a light and airy shawl that is super warm thanks to its 100% merino content.
|It's a bit creased in this pic because I'd worn it twice between blocking|
and photographing outside in the daylight!
I think this shows the colours a bit better. At a certain width, you get the whole rainbow in the length of a row, and at other places the points on the border show a whole rainbow in their stripes. The odd pooling I noticed in the first half of the shawl repeated itself as I decreased, which appeals to my love of symmetry! I had been planning on wearing Momijigari to Unravel tomorrow, but now this is finished and blocked I think I might wear this one instead.
Head on over to Tami's to see more FO's today.