Updated: Aug 8, 2020
This is the Citron Shawl by Hilary Smith Callis! Gotta say, I have had this gold yarn stashed for a couple years. I bought it on sale, and when I got it, it was totally not what I expected. So I've been on search mode for the right pattern... for years...
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So, the yarn. It's Captiva by Berroco, and, unfortunately, it's been discontinued. (Maybe that's why I got it on sale?) It has a wildly different texture than I was expecting when I ordered it -- the downfall of buying yarn online. Boo. With a very slinky feel and almost a stiffness, it makes a finished piece feel very drapey and heavy. In my opinion, it also doesn't follow with the weight claimed on the packaging. I used a size 7 needle, even though the yarn called for an 8, and I still think it was on the loose side, but it worked for this project.
Do note, with a slinky yarn like this, it's important to choose the right kind of needle. I started out on my usual nickel-plated interchangeables and quickly changed to Knitter's Pride wooden ones. Why? Because the stitches were annoyingly quick to slide off the end of the slippery needles. Slinky yarn and slippery needles do not mix! AND... you need to use the longer cable. When working the ruffles, you double the amount of stitches held every 10 rows or so, and in the end you've got a monumental quantity on the cable. Opt for the longest cable you can find.
So for the pattern, it's not complicated, and if you know how to do a the basics like knit, purl, increase, and decrease, you shouldn't have any problem. I was using a heavier weight yarn(sorta -- see above) than the pattern called for and just adjusted my needle sizes to match the yarn. The pattern designer, Hilary, put in a note at the end of the pattern to make it bigger (or smaller), and it will work just the same if you intend to use a yarn that's bigger or smaller. Because I was using a bigger gauge and I only had four hanks of yarn, I skipped the last repeat and went straight to the ruffle. I was SOOOOO close to running out of yarn, because the last row had over 400 stitches to bind off, and how do you plan for that?
In all, this pattern took me about 15 hours to knit. I wasn't expecting it to take so long. But then, I don't think I read to the end of the pattern before I started and saw that it has 540 stitches on the needles by the end. I ended up with about 444 because I skipped the finally repeat before I ran out of yarn. So, if you actually use lace weight yarn and do all the repeats, plan for something more like 20 hours. And that would also assume you and I knit at the same speed.
Ever made a big project with reeeaally slick yarn? I'd love to hear about it and how you coped with the texture. Let me know in the comments below!