TBT: Citron Shawl

TBT: Citron Shawl

Pattern: Citron by Hilary Smith Callis

Yarn: my handspun

Needles: US 5 (3.75mm)

Ravelry Link: here!

Started: December 15, 2009

Completed: December 19, 2009

I remember distinctly when this pattern came out. I was immediately obsessed and cast on the very next day. Mine was one of the first completed projects, done 5 days after it was released. I was excited to use a beloved skein of handspun, and I loved the look of the finished project. And in the 8 years since then it has mostly sat in a drawer.

This one is easy to post-mortem, I know exactly the mistakes I made.

1. I made a poor yarn substitution. I think the skein I used suits the pattern well in terms of color and hand. But it is 25% smaller than the suggested yarn and ultimately this shawl is just too small. It’s a half circle shape and there isn’t enough fabric to keep it wrapped around me.

2. I don’t enjoy wearing shawls. I think this is a particularly hard shape to wear, but I just never feel right with this on. It takes up a ton of attention to manage and I prefer an effortless accessory.

This is another one I should let go of, despite how pretty I think it is. I want to have room in my drawer for pieces that will really get worn.

Have you ever rushed to complete a FO only? Was it magical or did it fall flat? Let me know!

2 thoughts on “TBT: Citron Shawl

  1. I didn’t exactly rush to complete my Boneyard Shawl http://www.ravelry.com/projects/arianek/boneyard-shawl being a perpetually slow maker, but it suffered the same fate. I used one skein of organic cotton yarn that I’d impulse bought – it ended up about the same size as yours and I have just as much trouble wearing it! While it’s so soft, I really only pull it out for things like Me Made May…I just can’t wear it without futzing and feeling awkward. I don’t know if I would wear bigger shawls, as I’ve never had one but do wear a lot of scarves, but this was the only one I made and it sure doesn’t see the light of day much!


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