The "Sun-Kissed Leaves"
The Sun-Kissed Leaves
The August of 2021, I found myself celebrating the completion of The "Blue Dahlia", and awaiting client approval for next knitting lace adventure. While I wait, a small and sweet project experimentation is just what the yarn-doctor orders. I dove into my collection of patterns with Knitpicks Chroma yarn called - Go Go Boots! What a wonderful name!
Searched for a project that should be easy, crochet, and needs about 800 yards. I found beautiful lacy leaves! No idea where the pattern is, or what it is called, or who designed it. A finished shawl is the inspiration! Going to reverse-engineer pattern from the finished shawl to create the pattern - row by row. I will post the inspiration image, and my completed project once the project is done.
All done! Basking in the Sunlight
Yarn: Chroma (Fingering weight) GoGo Boots (396 yards / 100 gms)
70% Superwash wool, 30% Nylon.
After working with silk and mohair, this yarn feels rougher and weightier than before. After knitting back to back projects, picking up crochet felt weird (for just about 2 seconds).
Great start with 3.25 mm hook , semi-circular start with 17 TR. Three rows in..... gah! terrible!.... frogged down.
Started again, semi-circular start with 19 TR. Nice! Progress past to row 8! Looking good.... oh! jeepers, made two mistakes two rows down.... frog time! This time to row 6 and not all the way back
Row 6+ and climbing
Still referring to the completed shawl for pattern guidance, but getting a hang of this. I think this is coming along just fine.
Day 2 and 3:
More or less repeating the pattern established, so progress is pretty fast.
I am reverse-engineering this, I am making it up as I go, so I don't procrastinate over should it be 8 chain or 9 chain. I am going with it "feels" right.
Running out of the Chroma yarn (second ball)! Changed up the pattern to allow for fringe.
Dark Green border transition to Fringe
Alternate border with black or darker green. Settled on 100% merino wool (Heathered lace weight) called "Shadow - Forest Heather" (knitpicks). Single strand would be too starkly different, so used double strand to get a just a good depth to allow for the leaves and fringe to pop. Adds a neat dimension
Fringe used the left over Chroma, and added Brava Worsted Yarn - Peapod and Alfaalfa (left over from previous project)
Blocked! Took couple of days to get it completely dry.
Sun-kissed Leaves sun-bathing, making a spotlight debut under bright sunny skies.