The pretty one first - a neckwarmer or scarflette for my niece. She likes all the mermaid colours and when Bendigo Woollen Mills sent me a card about their newest yarn "Highland" I thought she would the teal blue shade (called Loch) for a quick little birthday pressie.
Invented the pattern as I went, using a couple of lace patterns that have wavy edges, nice blue/green buttons and some beads on the points for added prettiness.
Now the less than pretty theatrical project - a shawl to be part of a very tatty and broken down costume. By the time it gets to the stage it will have been dyed and will look somewhat different - but here it is as it left my needles.
Tatty costumes are actually rather difficult to make - when they are part of a long running stage production they have to look the same in the last performance as they did on opening night. A previous run of this show had a shawl made from some machine knitted fabric “broken down” with holes and lots of ladders. Of course, this had continued to disintegrate - so I had to replicate that “look” in hand knitting that will be relatively stable with permanent holes and ladders :-)
They also wanted the fabric between the ladders to have a bit of a roll / not completely flat. I’ve never knitted a Clapotis but remembered seeing them and remembered that they have a bouncy roll between the dropped stitch ladders … looked up the pattern … there are Knit through Back of Loop stitches either side of the ladders, an idea I copied so I'm calling this a "Clapped-Outtee".
As the ladders and holes had to be quite random, the Clapped-Outtee Shawl was actually rather difficult and time-consuming - I was using 26 colour-coded stitch-makers at the widest point. I am quite proud of this completely tatty and rather ugly shawl :-)