This shawl concept came to me a while back, while pondering on bird feathers. This gorgeous color by Sundara was something very different for me, and I hoped it would compliment my idea.
Using variegated yarn is always a potential issue when you are trying to get a stitch pattern to show up. Many times the pattern get lost in the colors of the yarn. I’ve learned long ago that sticking with something either a) a large scale pattern or b) a relatively simple pattern is the best way to go.
This was my first time working with Sundara’s Fingering Merino Cashmere. I was pleased that the yardage for this yarn was generous enough (500 yds/457 m) to create a nice-sized shawlette with the one skein. (Please note that this shawl took approx. 460 yds; if subbing for another sock weight yarn, make sure you have enough!)
Of course the yarn was a pleasure to work with. With the silky smoothness, and the lovely stitch definition, it didn’t take me very long to get going. In fact, the whole shawl worked up quickly, once you understand how the main pattern works, all you have to do is pay attention to the increase rows. For me, this is the ultimate pleasant knitting, as most days following complicated charts requires more brain power than I care to expend.
I kept the the increase rows in the stockinette stitch sections for ease of knitting. Which means you don’t have to worry about incorporating the increases into the lace sections. The border is full of ‘plumes’, worked in another simple lace pattern. You can pin them out at closer intervals during wet blocking if you want more points at the edge. I hope you enjoy knitting this as much as I enjoyed the design of it!
You may find this pattern available for free, over at knotions, along with many other lovely designs in this issue. Enjoy!
I hope you are enjoying Spring, wherever in the world you are.