January 27, 2010


Posted in finished object, knitting at 3:55 pm by peachknits

Hello, hello. It was such a beautiful day today, and I had a chance to get some photographs of my recently finished project, Ishbel. This design is one of the most popular on Ravelry; it’s so versatile and allows you to mix and match the stockinette and lace elements to customize the shawl to your personal tastes or yarn amount.

Pattern: Ishbel
Yarn: Handmaiden Fine Yarns Sea Silk
Started: September 26, 2009
Finished: January 26, 2010

Notes: In terms of the yarn, it was very luxurious (it should be, too, since it’s the most expensive yarn, ounce for ounce, that I’ve ever purchased) but I did find it to be a little slippery for my tastes. I had a few issues with tension in the stockinette section, and I think the yarn’s inherent silkiness is to blame. That, and the fact that I never did learn to hold my yarn the “right” way, so I sometimes have problems with uneven tension.

I actually had to frog this back about five times before I decided on a way to tackle the yarn overs on both the right and wrong sides. In short, I completely omitted them and replaced them with kfb on both ends. The result is a less lacy but far more attractive alternative.

Those who have knitted this shawl probably struggled with the YOs because they’re placed before purl stitches on the wrong side. This requires you to wrap the yarn not once, but twice around the needle to gain on YO, and in doing so, the YO on one side is larger than the YO on the other side (which is followed by a knit). Yeah, I know, confusing. I’m not sure why the shawl is structured this way, but I found my solution (which I actually borrowed from others who had run into the same problem) to be quite satisfactory. It may not be a “true” 100% Ishbel, but it’s mine, and I love it.

Thanks to Geoff for being my personal photographer today!



  1. Rachael said,

    nice F+W parking lot photos! 🙂 you will have to explain what a YO is to me sometime.

  2. lynne said,

    Beautiful job Peach! I can’t believe this was just a skein of sea silk in September. The colors are so pretty and the model wears it well!

  3. Christine Doyle said,

    It’s beautiful, Rachel! Wow! Greg told me I missed a great show-and-tell day, and I know now I did.

  4. marri said,


    you know, what i usually do if i have a YO on a purl side… is move the yarn to the back, and then purl – just like i would move the yarn to the front and then knit for a YO on a knit side. no idea if that would work for this pattern, but it doesn’t really matter – because whatever you did, it’s LOVELY!

  5. val said,

    so beautiful! Makes me wish I could knit.

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