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Color Affection

July 2

A shawl pattern I’ve long wanted to make is Color Affection by designer Veera Välimäki . I’ve seen it on Ravelry in many gorgeous color combinations, and I love the interesting effect the short rows create.

Color Affection 3

I made mine with Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Fingering. As you can see, I was in the mood for some spring colors! I love the yarn – it’s what I call well-behaved – smooth, not splitty, soft.

I did have a couple of issues which I’ll keep in mind if I make another Color Affection….It ended up much smaller than the pattern’s dimensions call for, worked on US #6 needles. I’ll never disbelieve a gauge swatch again (ha, ha). It told me I should go up a needle size or two to get gauge, but thinking I didn’t want the stitches to get too loose, I ignored it. My shawl blocked out to about 72” x 16”, a far cry from the 94 x 22 in the pattern’s schematic. I probably should have used a size 8.

Nonetheless, this was a lot of fun to knit. It’ll be fine as a little shawlette-type accessory.

Bind-off: I tried going up two needle sizes and using the standard bind-off. It was too tight. I took it out and used Cap Sease’s “Suspended Bind Off Variation” from her book Cast On, Bind Off. It was perfect for the curved edge.

Color Affection 4

I want to thank my dear hubbie, the awesome Steve Ells, for taking these photos. I like the way the arch in the bridge mirrors the curved shape of the shawl!


Color Affection pattern

Veera Välimäki’ designs on Ravelry and her beautiful Rain Knitwear Designs web site

Cast On, Bind Off by Cap Sease – please support your local yarn store and buy it there if they have it.

Swans Island yarn (made in the USA)

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“Color Affection”

  1. On July 8th, 2013 at 12:46 pm Catherine Says:

    Thank you so much for your info. I am tall (5’10”) and made one of Veera’s shawls earlier this year that came out as a necklette.

    I have already knit to section 11 of the MC and am going to frog and gauge swatch (again, #4) to see if an 8 works.

    I’m just afraid it will look too amateurish in the larger stitch, but I guess if it matches the gauge, it matches the gauge.

    Beautiful colors!

  2. On July 23rd, 2013 at 2:23 pm Laurie (Moo!) Says:

    It’s beautiful and I hope you wear it with joy. 🙂

    I always like my shawls to be smaller, since I’m only 5’2″. Now I know I can use a 6 and probably have the size I’d like. Color Affection is one of my Very Soon projects-to-be. I’ll be sure to keep in mind the tip about the bind-off, as well.

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