FO: Seraphim

You knew it was coming, right?

Pattern: Seraphim Shawl, by Mim Felton

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill fingering-weight silk, color Java, well into 2 hanks

Time elapsed: About a week for the swatch, about 2-2.5 weeks for the shawl itself

Modifications and Notes: No modifications this time–I knit it exactly as written.

Although the rows got a little tedious at the end (like with any shawl constructed from the center top outward, really), I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this shawl. The stockinette portion gives the shawl a nice weight and warmth, it fades gracefully into the lace portion, and the lace itself is fun and not too difficult. (By the end of the second chart, I was able to knit the shawl while reading and/or watching tv.)

I think this would be a very good first lace shawl. It’s easy to tell when you’ve made an error, the pattern is excellently written and clear, and there isn’t too much going on. It also seems to stand up well to handpainted yarns, at least if they’re fairly low-contrast.

I really think the color changes in the yarn worked well with the shawl pattern. This makes two in a row, so surely I’m headed for a big color disaster soon. 🙂 Seriously, though, the changing of the color helps define the stockinette portions and adds interest, while the combination of lace and muted color changes isn’t too busy. Definitely a nice choice for some lightly-variegated stash yarn.

Of course, if you’re going to buy yarn just to knit this shawl, you can do a lot worse than the CTH silk. It’s lustrous, it’s soft, and the colors are beautiful. It’s far too glamorous a yarn for my toddler-enhanced life, but I love it anyway.

Plus, it’s warm! I can actually wrap this shawl around me on these chilly Monterey days. All in all, three thumbs up for the pattern, yarn, and combination. Hooray!

(As always, for more pictures and silly commentary, visit the FO page.)

22 thoughts on “FO: Seraphim

  1. Gorgeous, Amy! I hope you get a babysitter soon so you can have a night out to wear your new shawl!

  2. Wow – it’s lovely!

  3. It is gorgeous–just beautiful. I love it when yarn colors are interesting AND so wearable. Really a stunning shawl that looks beautiful on you.

  4. Beautiful shawl! The color looks great on you!

  5. It is gorgeous. The pattern really lets the beautiful yarn and color stand out. I hope you will be able to enjoy it soon.

  6. Amazing. I agree about the subtle color variation; it looks gorgeous in that shawl. You deserve some glamour!

  7. So gorgeous! The yarn and pattern work so well together. Great job!!

  8. Oh my that’s just stunning. The colour, the pattern and the execution. Just what I need today as it’s cold and grey here…

  9. Lovely job. I just finished mine, but it took a lot more than two weeks! And your photos are fantastic. The yarn looks sensational also.

  10. That shawl is beautiful! And I can’t stop looking at that picture of you wrapped in it. You look so beautiful, happy and serene. If that is all due to the yarn, I’m going to go out and buy enough to make me deliriously happy for the rest of my life! 🙂

  11. Wow, your new shawl is truly gorgeous. I’ve not yet knit a shawl, so I’m totally in awe every time I see a new one on the internet. Great job!

  12. Wow!! Wow! I have to add that shawl to my always long list of projects.

  13. Wow! So lovely! And the colors are perfect for you. 🙂

  14. Really, really gorgeous! So drapey! The colorway is beautiful, and it’s low-contrast enough that it doesn’t distract from the pattern.

  15. It’s gorgeous! The shawl and the photos, both! I love it.

  16. So gorgeous! Even though there’s a toddler in the picture, this shawl must be worn as much as possible. Think of how great you’ll look at the playground 🙂

  17. I LOVE the yarn you’ve chosen! That’s what so great about this pattern – the way it shows off the yarn. Wear it proudly! It’s beautiful!

  18. Seraphim is beautiful in silk! Truly a gorgeous heirloom. Enjoy and wear it often.

  19. Hi Amy, I’m here from the comment you left at January One. I really liked what you had to say and agree very much. How delightful, then, to come over to your blog and see how wonderful it is! The shawl is beautiful! And your photography is amazing, too. I’ll definitely be coming back to this here blog of yours!

  20. I bow down to your lace knitting skillz! Beautiful work.

  21. Your shawl is spectacular and the color will be perfect on you! I love the socks too! Great work!!!

  22. OK, I’m working my way backwards through everything I’ve missed this week, and wow, did I miss out by not seeing this sooner! Amy, this shawl is amazingly beautiful! The color is perfect–slate-y, shadow-y–and it looks really beautiful on you. Just gorgeous.

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