Ice Leaves Shawl

It has been very cold here over the last few weeks.  Frozen puddle, thick frost, crunchy mud, sprinklings of snow and cold noses temperatures.  I have been quite enjoying it, but when the weather is like this it makes me want chunky knitwear to hide inside!

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I have been eying up Countess Ablaze’s super chunky yarn since I made my Decemberist shawl this time last year and so knew exactly where to head for this project.

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Look at the size of those skeins! Each of these 200g beauties contains 130 metres of super soft, squishy, merino wool in a colour way named Zombified Soon!

All I really knew when I bought it was that I wanted a chunky and very long scarf that I could wrap around and around my neck to keep the cold at bay.

Off to Ravelry I went and after a quick search of the projects other Ravelers had made with this yarn I came across the Ice Leaves Shawl Pattern by Nancy Wilson.  As soon as I saw it I loved the leaf motif and thought it would work brilliantly with this beautiful green.

The pattern specifies knitting on 15mm needles and using around 80 metres of yarn to make a short shawl to be fastened with a pin.  I don’t have any 15mm needles and wanted my leaves to be a bit tighter anyway so I cast on using 12mm and was very pleased as my leaves began to emerge.

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Then I just kept on knitting! Given the size of the needles and yarn my scarf grew very quickly.  Beyond the 4 repeats in the pattern and on and on.  I had initially planned to use all of the yarn but by the time I reached 17 pattern repeats the scarf was long enough for the multiple neck wraps I wanted and I decided to stop with a reasonable amount of yarn (about three quarters of a skein) leftover, enough for a new project!

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I love these chunky leaves.

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I am very happy with my finished scarf.  I would definitely recommend this free pattern to anyone, its well written, easy to knit and produces a very satisfying finished object.  Now to work out what to make from my left over yarn..!

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