FO: Irish summer shawl

michaelpthompson's picture

This was a quick knit

, done for a basket my family is assembling to go into a charity auction. I didn't have much time, so I did a search on Ravelry for something that used worsted weight yarn and US17 needles, which I had found in a grab bag at the local charity shop. Only one pattern emerged. I called it the Irish summer shawl because it was for an Irish-themed basket. The original pattern was called Ventura Wrap by the author. Very light weight, good for a summer evening at the beach.

Really simple pattern of K1 YO K2tog, all the way across makes an interesting rib sort of thing.

Masala's picture

Very nice piece and by the

Very nice piece and by the way a faggot was the bundle of wood used to burn witches!!!! As noted above! :o)

akkamaddi's picture

K1 YO K2tog I thought that

K1 YO K2tog
I thought that looked familiar. It's called the "Half-herringbone faggot". I'm actually doing a scarf in this stitch on size 10 needles, and I'm on my second ball of yarn.

A "Herringbone faggot" rib is K2 YO K2tog. The "ribs" are wider than the "half" variant. Also, on smaller needles, the half ribs are slightly twisted. They don't make the work twist, think of it as the cross section having a zig-zag. The additional knit stitch in the regular Herringbone makes the ribs lie flat.

michaelpthompson's picture

I'll have to try the full one

I'll have to try the full one some time. And there is some kind of semi-zig-zag in the ribbing.

As for faggot, I'm reminded more of a log on the fire myself. Or when my Irish compatriots say, "Give us a fag, willya?" Can't imagine why that makes you giggle.

akkamaddi's picture

I've posted (finally!) the

I've posted (finally!) the scarf I am working on, and posted a link to this article in that post.

http://www.menwhoknit.com/community/?q=node/12204

akkamaddi's picture

It's my understanding that

It's my understanding that the word "faggot" comes from the Latin word "to tie / bundle together" (I think "facedere"), hence "bundle of sticks" or a cigarette being a bundle of thin things. As for the knitting term, I believe "faggoting" is the old term for net making, or the act of binding cords to make a net. Hence, the term for lacy / net-like knits.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

One historical source says

One historical source says that the derogatory term "Faggot" came from the practice of burning Gay men as part of the auto de fe's by the Inquisition. Insinuating that the person deserved to be killed. -- On a lighter note...One friend, hearing of "fag" as a slang for cigarette, said, "I can see it now...Walk up to some body and go, 'You...you...cigarette, you!'" She was lots of fun.

akkamaddi's picture

Yes, "sexual sodomy" was

Yes, "sexual sodomy" was added to accusations of heresy as an insult charge. It wasn't that only gay men were burned, but it was a way to insult men who were killed for heresy. A "faggot" was a bundle of wood for the pyre, or "another faggot for the fire". That can lead to a whole long discussion.

AKQGuy's picture

AAre you saying faggots are

AAre you saying faggots are twisted? Just kidding... it just all made me giggle as I read the posting this evening.

akkamaddi's picture

I'm trying so hard to behave

I'm trying so hard to behave myself right now... ;-)

AKQGuy's picture

Sorry to have tempted...

Sorry to have tempted...

AKQGuy's picture

Sorry to have tempted...

Sorry to have tempted...

ronhuber's picture

It looks like a fun knit -

It looks like a fun knit - very pretty