Project – Symi Wrap

Pattern: Symi Wrap
Designer: Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard
Publication: Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 53

Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze Glamour
Shade: Smoke (285)
Smoke 285

Yarn: Rowan Fine Lace
Shade: Gunmetal (929)
Gunmetal 929

Ravelry: Symi Wrap

Symi Wrap FrontSymi Wrap Back

 

Photos by Andrew Woodhouse Photography

 

Good

  • Kidsilk Haze Glamour is so pretty! You can read more about my thoughts when I first received the yarn in this post. It was lovely to work with and I’m very pleased with how it looks knitted up.
  • Rowan’s customer service is excellent. One of the three balls of KSH Glamour was completely devoid of sequins apart from maybe half a dozen right in the middle of the ball. I hadn’t noticed this when I picked the yarn up in store, in fact it didn’t come to light until I’d been knitting with it for about 40 minutes and suddenly realised that I hadn’t spotted a single one yet. Luckily for me I usually buy my Rowan at John Lewis (Nottingham) and their stores each have one or more Rowan employees who work in the haberdashery department. On handing over my defective ball to the Design Consultant, I was given a replacement immediately from the shelves with an apology. I also emailed Rowan directly to report the fault, from which my comments and photos were sent straight over to their quality department to investigate. Brilliant!
  • Although a bit complicated to follow (see below) the pattern is great, it all worked perfectly, and the final result is very very pretty.

Bad

  • Perhaps it was bad luck or maybe just my perception, but it seemed like far more of the sequins in the yarn ended up on the wrong side of the knitting than on the right side. I would ideally have liked more sequins to be visible when wearing it, but it’s still very pretty.
  • Lace is hard! I have a terrible tendency to forget to do or otherwise lose my yarn overs/yarn forwards and I am also too lazy to count my stitches at the end of each lace row. This means that when I miss one (which happens too often!) I don’t find out until I’ve finished the current lace row, purled the next row, then got to the end of the next lace row and realise that I don’t have enough stitches. I really should do much better at this.
  • In addition to the above, this lace pattern is a 28-row repeat, where all the rows are so different that I could not cope without constantly reading the pattern. This proved difficult when knitting whilst watching the TV or whilst knit group – much concentration was required!
  • Alongside the main 28-row lace repeat, the lace edging was a different 4-row repeat. This meant you had to check carefully to work the right edging row that matches the main lace repear two. Even more confusingly, the edging repeated rows 2-5 of a set of 5 rows, so you had to skip row 1 after the first set. Arg!
    My top tip for this is to write out in a list the row numbers for the 28-row lace repeat and then next to each one, write which of the 4 edging rows you will need to use. Magazine 53 is too big to tote around so I was working from a photocopy, which meant I could write on it easily. At the bottom of the page I had this list:
    1-5
    2-2
    3-3
    4-4
    5 –5
    6-2
    7-3
    8-4
    9-5
    10-2
    And so on, up to row 28-4. This meant I could easily check at any time which edging I should be doing on my current row.
  • The original pattern is for 2 balls of Kidsilk Haze, which I substituted for 2 balls of Kidsilk Haze Glamour. The Glamour yarn is slightly thicker than the original KSH but not so much that I worried it would affect the garment size much (it didn’t) but what I completely forgot is that Glamour has a much shorter ball (by about 50m/55yd). By the time I finished the first ball, I realised I was not even half way through, so I had to go and buy a third ball! This was easily done though, so all was not lost.

Conclusions

  • I should read yarn specs more carefully when substituting!
  • Lace work really does need concentration. Using markers to note lace repeats makes it much easier to spot where the stitch count is over or under and work out how to fix such mistakes.
  • Tip – measuring the length of the garment was difficult due to the stretchy nature of the lace. Blocking stretches it out quite a bit, so try to give it a good flatten out on a table or the floor when measuring progress. My gauge put the finished length at a total of 9 repeats of the 28-row lace pattern, so that should be a good guide for you to work towards if you try this pattern in future.
  • Lastly, I can’t wait to wear this! I am going to a wedding in September and have two outfits picked out depending on whether the weather is late summer warm or early autumn chilly. This wrap will go with my “chilly” outfit so I feel a bit bad that I almost want it to be not very hot on the day! (The dress in the above photos is not the one I plan to wear for the wedding, as I didn’t want to give my outfit away just yet…)

Glamour Through The Haze

One of Rowan’s new yarns for Spring Summer 2013 is Kidsilk Haze Glamour. The yarn is an offshoot of the Kidsilk Haze that we know and love, woven with a thread of shine and scattered with sequins for that extra touch of glamour. There are 8 lovely shades available, all of which complement existing Kidsilk Haze shades of the same name:
Cream 280Majestic 281Blushes 282Blood 283

Trance 284Smoke 285Heavenly 286Wicked 287

 

Looking for inspiration for a project to put this new yarn through its paces, I found just what I needed in Rowan Magazine 53 – the lovely Symi Wrap by Vibe Ulrik.

I love shawls and wraps for wearing with a pretty dress for a special occasion, or to keep the chill off on a summer evening, but I find that they tend to slip off my shoulders or I drop them without noticing. What appeals to me so much about Symi, quite apart from the lovely lace, is that it ties in the back so I won’t keep losing it!

 

Designed for traditional Kidsilk Haze and Fine Lace, I will be substituting Kidsilk Haze with its new glamorous sister. I like my accessories to be stress-free, so this fairly neutral colour combination should allow me to combine it with lots of different outfits easily: Kidsilk Haze Glamour in Smoke (285) and Fine Lace in Gunmetal (929).

Smoke 285Fine Lace 929 rgb

 

Be sure to check back later to see the finished item showcased in the Projects section!

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