I just finished knitting a Top Secret Birthday gift!
Now that it's been delivered I can share it with you;
The pattern is Autumn Blush by Joji Locatelli. It's a beautiful shawl pattern that is perfect for showing off the texture and color of hand dyed yarns.
The pattern is worked tip to tip, sideways, using short rows for shaping. It's a little intimidating when you first get started but once you get more familiar with the pattern you won't even need to reference it until your short row shaping sections.
It is meant to be worked with an Aran weight yarn. Since the yarn it was meant to be created with (Sandara Yarn Aran Silky Merino) is discontinued, I found a comparable Worsted weight yarn and made some adjustments. Mainly, I added a huge section in the middle to make my shawl extra long. Once I got to row 19 (the middle point of the shawl) I repeated rows 9-12 about about 17 more times until I had a 24" section of work between the short row sections then continued on to the rest of the instructions for the other half.
The yarn I chose is Malibrigo Silky Merino in the colorway 426 Plum Blossom.
This yarn is just magical. I seriously can't say enough good things about this stuff. It's ridiculously soft, and while I did have to do a considerable amount of frogging, it never broke or fuzzed or pilled up. It is beautifully hand dyed. I used three skeins for this project, I was a little worried about them not matching up exactly, but they did! No alternating skeins for me! It blocks up really nicely and is just a joy to work with. 10/10 will buy again.
I like that this shawl wide enough to work as a wrap with a fancy dress but long enough to wear as a scarf on a cold day. I'm proud of how this project turned out and I hope Austyn enjoys it for many years to come!
Let me know what you think!
Is this a pattern or yarn brand you've been thinking of trying?
Thanks for reading!
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