As all of you must know by now, I absolutely adore the Sweet Dreams Shawlette from Boo Knits. I have now made four of them and have many more to go (I need one myself!!!). My eldest daughter loves her shawls so much she wears them every day to work, so she needed another color! I dragged out some stash Madelinetosh Light in color Baltic and whipped up another of these babies:
This shawl is stunningly beautiful and is an easy, quick knit. What more do you need? The only problem is the cast on. Boo uses the shortest garter tab cast on I have ever seen. She has you knit 3 rows of garter to create the tab. As is true with most crescent shaped shawls, you end up with a hump at the center back of the shawl. For some people, this is very pronounced. It can be blocked out a little bit but not completely.
Sweet Dreams shown for illustration
With each one of these I have experimented with a different approach to the cast on to eliminate or at least reduce the hump. The last one I made (in Shiny Penny) was the closest I got (until now ), but was too tight across the center:
See the little pucker at the center top? The top edge has absolutely no give. It could possibly be the yarn (50% silk), but I suspect not. It LOOKS okay, but Laura asked for something with more give and a shallower silhouette.
You can see in the top picture of the Baltic Dreams version, there is no pucker – the top edge is relaxed, the hump is greatly reduced. There is a small area at the starting tail that needs a little work while blocking, but it’s not too bad. My Sweet Dreams Cast On was born! I ended up with 37 sts instead of 7. This will work for many of Boo Knits’ designs but not many others in this exact form. The concept might work for other crescent shawls, but you would need to experiment with it to get it to mimic the rest of the shawl edge.
In addition, I just returned from the Birkie. It was bitter cold, windy with lots of new snow — a very tough ski for my birthday boy!! Plus, John had been sick all week. So, not his best race. I again missed his finish because I slipped into the bakery at just the wrong moment! That makes three years in a row! Aaaarrrggghhh! Maybe next year?? 😉