"She keeps Moet and Chandon in a pretty cabinet..."
Let me begin by saying straight off that this may be my most-est favorite shawl that I've ever made! On New Year's Day a few weeks ago I cast on the Killer Queen Shawl designed by Mary Annarella of Lyrical Knits. I love knitting slip stitch patterns and I had seen this shawl while visiting another local yarn shop, Wooly Bully Yarn Company up in Springboro, Ohio. You would think owning a yarn shop would keep me from wandering astray into other yarn shops, but I'm just as much a yarn junkie as the next knitter or crocheter and this beautiful yarn shop always has a lovely selection of knitting books...so yarn AND books...really, need I say more? And to top it all off, the people who work there are always super super nice! When I mentioned that I needed a new shawl project, Marsha pulled out all the stops to make it happen for me, pulling out one model after another!! Really, if you like anywhere near Springboro, you should pay them a visit. Did I mention that it is in the super cute Quaker town that played a pivotal role in the underground railroad? Definitely a must stop sort of place, all round.
Anyhow, one of the shawls they showed me, which I fell in love with, was the 'Killer Queen Shawl'. The pattern calls for 635 yards for the main color and 470 yards for the contrast color of a DK or a light worsted yarn. However, I'm not a fan of heavy blanket-like shawls. Furthermore, slip stitch fabrics, like this one, tend to be even thicker because of the yarn floats on the wrong side. So, I decided to knit my shawl in fingering weight yarn. I've done this for so many worsted/DK/sport weight shawl designs and have always been super happy with the results. Since fingering weight yarn is thinner than the DK weight yarn called for in the pattern, you will likely want to drop down 2 needle sizes to create a thinner fabric with similar drape and fabric integrity. With thinner yarn and smaller needles, it probably comes as no surprise that your stitches will probably be smaller (this is not always this case, but it's a good bet). This is, again, easy to adjust for by simply knitting a couple - few additional sections until the shawl is a size that you like.
I knit my 'Killer Queen Shawl' using (2) skeins of 'Blaze' on Kashmir MCN (420 yards per skein) for the main color:
and (1) skein of the 'Glacier' gradient on Kashmir MCN (470 yards per skein) for the contrast color:
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