It’s been so hard to keep this design a secret. I’ve been feeling super excited about my Southern Shawl and it’s taken all of my willpower not to tell you all about it and how thrilled I am with it!
When Helene from Happy Go Knitty asked me to design a shawl for her recent Shawl club I was very flattered but sooooo nervous! Her one requirement was that I use one skein of her silk/merino fingering yarn but all other design decisions were entirely mine. She even let me choose the colour of the yarn and I fell immediately in love with this soft, clear, grey.
I rather enjoyed working to a deadline. I spent a bit of time playing with the yarn and seeing how it behaved before I settled on the design. The yarn is simply glorious. It’s silky smooth and soft to knit, holds together well, has a fantastic sheen and drapes beautifully. I’m very impressed.
Southern shawl has a very modern feel. It’s an asymmetrical triangle and the body is alternating rows of stockinette and reverse stockinette so it looks almost identical on both sides.
I’m most excited by the border and adore the contrast of lace with the decreasing points. The border took a lot of fiddling to get just right and it makes me happy every time I look at it!
There’s not tricky stitches in the pattern – lots of familiar knits and purls, yarn overs, decreases and increases. It’s a good pattern for most levels – even adventurous beginners. As usual, I’ve included both written and charted instructions so you can knit exactly how you like :)
I wore my sample over the weekend and it worked both wrapped around my shoulders like I’ve worn it in the pattern photos and snuggled around my neck like a “scarf” as I like to wear my crescent shawls. In fact, it sits really nicely around my neck with the “seam” sitting neatly to one side and the lace border fanning out over my shoulder. It’s the perfect length for the ends to fall to the front.
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