Monday, 31 August 2009

Modification Mondays: Laminaria

Original Pattern: Laminaria Shawl Knitter Extraordinaire: Kia, (Rav Id, blog) Mods: The shawl originally calls for laceweight yarn and 3.5 mm needles, but Kia bigged it up by knitting a bulky spun yarn on 12.75mm needles. Yes, you read that right- 12.75 mm. What Makes This Awesome: I'm a sucker for large scale lace- it is so unexpected and visually compelling. And let's face it- a laceweight shawl is great, but if you're from cold climates you need something that's really going to keep you toasty warm. I'm also impressed with how this is her third attempt at trying to do a chunky version of Laminaria, which shows that a bit of determination pays off. Take a look at her projects page- she's been experimenting with the perfect bulky Laminaria for a while. Instructions for how to duplicate her bulky Laminaria are on her project page. I think I might be giving this one a try! With bulky yarn, large needles, and Kia already having thoughtfully explained the mods to make, I bet it would be a fantastic quick knit...and just look at how beautiful it is:

12 comments:

Allyson said...

That is lovely! I've never tried lace because it's too small and I can see very clearly that it would make me go completely mad. I never thought of just bumping up the size! I love it.

Rachel said...

That is gorgeous and the color is beautiful!!!

Clumsy Knitter said...

Very cool. Thanks for sharing these every week! :)

Hilary said...

Just beautiful! I also love lace knit with chunkier yarns -- somehow it still maintains its lightness despite the bigger yarn. I'd love to try this one -- thanks for sharing it!

Maryse said...

Wow! How interesting! Who would've thought...

e said...

gorgeous!

CanarySanctuary said...

Wow, that's awesome! I love how the yarn weight changes the look of it :)

funsize said...

Wow that is so pretty! I'd love to do something similar, since lace weight can be scary!

Adriana said...

Damn you for tempting me with yet another gorgeous shawl! I must finish the three on the needles before I start something new.

angelknits said...

I think it's awesome! It's different and I think it's perfect for the cold weather in Toronto too. Not to mention it will be a fast knit using chunkier yarn!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Michele said...

What a cool idea!

Lene said...

Very lovely Laminaria!