A nurse who knits…

November 25, 2007

Charlotte makes her debut!

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 11:03 pm

I finally finished Charlotte’s Web shawl by Koigu designs. I am extremely happy with this shawl. The wool is absolutely wonderful to knit with. It comes in beautiful colors and is lovely in your hands. I loved watching the color sequence change as I knit it. I made no modifications to the shawl except that I think I’m going to leave the fringe off. It is pretty big on someone as vertically challenged as me. Here are the specs:

Pattern: Charlotte’s Web by Koigu designs ( I bought this back before Painter’s Pallette was a book)

Needles: Addi Turbos size 6 32 inch

Yarn: Koigu in 5 colorways.

Size: 67″ x 32″ blocked.

I should have taken a picture prior to blocking because it was indeed a sorry looking project. Blocking does wonders for lace as far as bringing out the pattern. I did do the crochet edging on the edge of the shawl and am pretty happy the way it is. Are there any opinions on fringing this shawl? I have tons of leftover yarn mostly my first and second skein so it wouldn’t be a problem to fringe.I love knitting lace but towards the end, this shawl was around 300 stitches a row.  That does get a bit mind numbing.  The lace pattern is very easy to memorize.  Two tips: Use stitch markers and a row counter for accuracy.  One thing that gets mentioned in posts on the internet is that people lose count of stitches in the lace repeat.
Charlotte draped on my couch
Charlotte in the customary mirror picture
Charlotte in the yard
Me stretching Charlotte out
Yeah!!! I’m so glad it’s done and I have it wrapped around my shoulders right now as I surf the web and write this post.

I don’t have another project lined up. I am working on what I’m calling the “Berry Socks” but those will be over before I know it. Any suggestions for my next project? I have a huge queue in Ravelry but it’s so overwhelming that I don’t know what to tackle first. I’m thinking a sweater would be appropriate given the season. Cherie Amour from Knitty, Minimalist Cardigan from Interweave Fall 2007, and Zephyr Style’s Tree Jacket are at the top of my list. And I probably have yarn for all of these sweaters in my stash. I also have a whole bunch of patterns from Chic Knits that have been burning a hole in my pattern binder. I just hate it when I’m overcome by indecision! Well, I’ll just plug along on Berry socks until I figure it out. I welcome all suggestions for my next project though…



  1. I think you can easily go either way on the fringe. I looked at this shawl on Ravelry, and it looks like most people left the fringe off. Some had fringe that I felt was too sparse…if you decide to fringe, it looks best really filled in…in my opinion. But it’s quite lovely just as it is, Gail, so go with your own instincts.

    Comment by Sharon — November 25, 2007 @ 11:47 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t think I would go with the Fringe. It’s so lovely just as it is.

    I just finished Cherie Amour and absolutely LOVE IT!

    Comment by knittingnurse — November 26, 2007 @ 12:47 am | Reply

  3. It’s stunning! Congratulations!

    Comment by Expat knits — November 26, 2007 @ 10:51 am | Reply

  4. It’s gorgeous, and I agree – skip the fringe unless you are love fringe.

    Comment by chris — November 26, 2007 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  5. It looks great! Congrats on finishing!

    Comment by Bobbi — November 26, 2007 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

  6. I like it as is…not a huge fringe fan, though – so I’m biased. Did you make the sweater your wearing in the picture? It’s cute, too. I have a fair amount of Chic Knit patterns waiting in my cue as well.

    Comment by Susan — November 26, 2007 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  7. Hi Gail! The shawl is absolutely gorgeous. I think it is perfect the way it is. Beautiful!

    Comment by corinne britt — November 27, 2007 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  8. Hi Gail,

    Your shawl is beautiful! I like it without the fringe. 🙂

    Comment by edina — November 27, 2007 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  9. That’s just breathtaking!

    Comment by sarah-hope — November 27, 2007 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

  10. I love it! I actually think it would look cool with a fringe, but I’m not exactly a style maven.

    Comment by Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) — November 29, 2007 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  11. Beautiful!

    Comment by AlisonH — November 30, 2007 @ 6:32 am | Reply

  12. We had a sock yarn “tasting” at one of my LYSs yesterday–you can bet I came home with enough Koigu for a Charlotte of my own. 🙂

    Thanks for introducing me to this gorgeous pattern.

    Comment by sarah-hope — December 3, 2007 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

  13. Very pretty! Congrats on finishing…

    Comment by Jeanne — December 4, 2007 @ 1:35 am | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s