It’s been a long time coming; almost 6 months to the day. And yet I’ve been mostly monogamous with this project (apart from one little recent blip). With final major project happening, knitting time was limited to bus journeys and the reality was this project was a little too big for rush hour on the bus. After finally getting the house straight again, I picked this straight back up, determined to finish beautiful Rheinlust.
I instantly fell in love with this pattern ever since designer Melanie Berg released the pattern in January 2016. Then in November 2016, Melanie took part in #knitterspayitforward; if you gifted the pattern to someone on Ravelry, she would send you one for free so I took the opportunity to gift Rheinlust to a friend. Not only that, but Melanie also donated money to a women’s rights charity in Germany. I then took part in the second #getyouryarnwishesgranted on Instagram, and requested enough yarn to knit Rheinlust. Sure enough, my wish was granted and I received three beautiful skeins of Charcoal Madelinetosh 80/10/10 (which now seems to be discontinued). And so in late November, project Rheinlust was go….
It took a little while to get into the rhythm of the pattern, with lots of increases and decreases for shaping as well as increases for growing the shawl. But once I got into the main body of the pattern, it was a really lovely knit. Enough of a patterned section, enough of a plain section.
It wasn’t until I came to start the decreases that I realised I hadn’t done enough repeats of the waves, having only 7 instead of 8. The decrease section worked for the first repeat, but I have to improvise for the second repeat. Luckily, it worked out and I finished with the right number of stitches.
After blocking, it is an absolute behemoth of a shawl. The shawl weighs 256g, and although the skeins are 100g each, I still have an impressive 100g remaining. The weather here was too warm for a coat, but too cool without so I was hugely grateful to have this wrapped around my shoulders when I was out and about today.
Equally, it worked well loosely draped around my neck. The size means it will be extra cosy during winter. It’s by far the biggest shawl I’ve ever knit! I absolutely love it, and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to knit a giant shawl. The pattern was mostly very easy to follow, providing you read the instruction thoroughly and make sure you keep count of repeats and rows. It’s definitely an intermediate knit, with patterning on both right and wrong sides. But its thoroughly enjoyable and the number of stitches mean the rows go past pretty quickly.
If I had another 3 skeins of 4ply, I wouldn’t hesitate to knit another one!
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