I had a completely different idea for this shawl, but when I got the colors Kim dyed up I completely switched gears. In a good way, I think.
The design inspiration came while watching one of my favorite shows, Penny Dreadful. It’s a horror/drama show that airs on Showtime, a lot on the dark side, with a great storyline.
Never having designed a circular shawl, I needed some help. I found inspiration in my friend Alison’s book, Wrapped in Comfort. She is a pro on this method! Once I had looked at a couple of the patterns it was easier to grasp exactly how this works.
Basically, instead of having increases on every other row traditionally for most shawl shapes, you have many increase over only a few rows, which are spaced at regular intervals. There are many different ways to approach this.
I chose to work the increases in rows there were either before or after the lace sections, for ease of knitting. That way you can just focus on the lace pattern in those areas. After all, I want this to be a fun knit that doesn’t make you think too hard! (That’s my job.)
I knew I wanted a knitted on border at the end – I really love this method. It gives the shawl such a nice edge, lets you add some pretty details and in this case provided the opportunity for the gorgeous contrasting color to shine. This border idea came from a stitch dictionary but I did change it up a bit to work for my shawl. It is only 8 rows, which are easy to memorize as you go.
When finished, I thought it needed something else. Eventually I decided on a small collar, in the same pattern as the border. Of course you could leave it off, but I do think it adds a little something special.
For a more dramatic look, you can flip it up and close it in the front with little hook/eye closures. Or leave it down and it is still lovely.
I do hope you enjoy & I look forward to seeing different versions / colors! Now until July 10th, I am offering this pattern 50% off on Ravelry. You may view it in my shop here.
Wishing you a wonderful Holiday weekend for those of you in the States, Happy Independence Day!