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Sommerfeld Shawl from Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin


#1

Wow, this is gorgeous and looks like fun to knit. Any photos of the shawl spread out? I would like to see the full glory and what looks like feather & fan lace in there. Loe the blue/green color way.


#2

Hi Annie!

I’ll take some more photos, but here are a couple that I just found on my phone, from the sample.

I just started mine, in the blue colorway. I haven’t knit mohair/silk in a long time, and I’m remembering how much I love it.


#3

Gorgeous! Thank you. Can’t wait to see yours!


#4

You ladies and your wonderful stuff have roped me in again. I’ve ordered my Sommerfeld stuff. Can’t wait till it gets here.


#5

While there’s still a good chance I’ll break down and order a kit, I’m thinking about what’s in stash, or about dyeing something, and wondering if there’s a note anywhere on how much yardage of each color is used, or if it’s a full skein for each?


#6

I had about 20 percent of each skein left over–I “budget” 20 percent extra when I design to allow for loose knitters who don’t check gauge. Oh, the horror of running out of hand-dyed yarn! If you have 300 yards of each of the colors, you should be fine if your gauge is correct!


#7

I just cast on this evening after dreaming about this pattern for quite a while. A floaty sheer log cabin just feels so delightfully contradictory!


#8

Oh hooray–it really is a different experience, knitting with this airy yarn. Let us know how it goes!


#9

I’m loving it thus far!


#10

You’re almost done! ; )


#11

:joy: yes! Almost! Hahaaaaa


#12

This article at tlo is talking about Fashion Week trends: patchwork! I immediately thought Log Cabin!
MDK is so on trend with their latest field guide :ok_hand: heehe.
Anyway my shawl continues… on to section 3:


#13

More photos, please!
I’ve been practicing log cabin techniques by swatching this beautiful pattern with 2 colors of lost-label yarn I found in my stash, 1 is similar to the kidsilk. But my pick-up-along-the-edge stitches are seriously untidy, and I’d like to see how others are doing it! I’m still in the 3rd strip of the first square.
At some point I’ll choose a colorway and get on this for real, but for now, may I please see some wrong sides?


#14

I also have larger stitches at the side pick-ups and was hoping it would block out. I’ll post some pics this weekend. Knitnorth, your sides are beautifully done - know a trick?


#15

Oh thanks! Not sure my sides are that neat really. I’m away right now so can’t post pics.

One thing I’m doing is slipping the first stitch of every row - it’s rather automatic for me. I saw partway through the first block that wasn’t in the pattern but continued anyway. I think this is helpful in picking up side edges. (To me it makes it clearer which stitch to pick up along the side)


#16

Thanks so much

  • I am going to try that on the next few blocks!

#17

Anyone doing the shawl for the knit along? I am and starting early with custom colors shades of gray and burgundy for the dark color.


#18

I know I said I was doing a blanket, but I have appropriate yarn for Sommerfeld in 3 colors, just need to find a fourth. I think it would be a quicker knit than a blanket. Hmmmmm.

TwistedRedhead on Ravelry has a great pic of the whole shawl, which will be helpful for figuring out which color I want where.

Do I need to go back to the LYS today?!


#19

It took awhile and quite a few readings of the directions (and looking at Knit North’s picture of the nine blocks) to finally understand how squares 4,5 & 6 are added on.

Woohoo! Success! Needed to get past that point before work. I’m able to knit at work in between calls.


#20

TwistedRedhead’s picture is a very good one for seeing the entire shawl.