Finished Project: Dangan

This yarn was intended for a vest, but I never found the right pattern.

photo of grey yarn skein

So instead it was to become a shawl/small lap blanket.

pic of knitting

The nice thing about shawls and blankets is that, in general, gauge is more of a guideline than an absolute rule. And the yarn doesn’t have to be the correct weight as long as the resulting fabric is what you’d like.

This pattern begins by casting on a few stitches and increasing from the center outward. The inner portion is stockinette separated into four sections by a cable. On each side of the cable are holes created by yarn overs. In the outer portion, the stockinette sections change to a feather and fan lace pattern.

Because I wasn’t using the recommended yarn or gauge and I wanted to have as little yarn left over as possible, I started weighing the remaining yarn after each row towards the end to determine where to stop so that there would be enough yarn to bind off. Along with having enough yarn, I had to pay attention to the cable pattern and the feather and fan pattern so the end of those would not be awkward.

Dangan Bound Off Edge

The bind off was a new one for me. I typically use the basic bind off or Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off. A stretchy bind off is the recommended bind off for this pattern, and it’s a good bind off:

  1. Knit 1 stitch.
  2. Knit 1 stitch.
  3. Insert the left needle into the 2 stitches on the right needle so that the left needle is above the right needle
  4. Knit the two stitches together through the back loop.
  5. Repeat Steps 2 through 4 with the stitch that was created in Step 4.

No aggressive blocking for this one. After soaking and squeezing out the excess water, I smoothed it out starting from the center and gently pulled out the points on the feather and fan.

Pre-Blocked: 30 inches across

Pre-Blocked: 30 inches across

Post-Blocked: 35 inches across

Post-Blocked: 35 inches across

The details…
Pattern
Dangan from Contemporary Irish Knits by Carol Feller
Recommended yarn: Sport-weight; 736 yards (shawl); 1,840 yards (blanket)
Recommended needle: US 7 (4.5 mm)
Final size: 29 inches across (shawl); 47 inches across (blanket)

Yarn
Naturally Harmony 8 Ply
100% Pure NZ Merino
Shade 702
7 skeins = 950 yd (875 m) = 350 g
Yarn left over: 4 g

Needles
US 5 (3.75 mm)

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