Easy Peasy Shawl

I love Ombre yarns, the way the colors slowly transition and change. With such long repeats, the new color brings excitement and makes me feel like I have accomplished something, even if the only accomplishment was using a 1/3 of a ball of yarn. But what to make?  With such yarns, I feel like the project must be perfect and worthy of the color changes.

I only had one cake of Freia Handpaints Ombre in a Sport weight, a quick purchase when visiting a yarn store.  I was buying yarn to make my husband a wool balaclava and, of course, I had to get something for myself. It was my “reward” for doing a good deed, that of thinking about making something for someone other than myself. So after the hat was made, it was time to get pattern searching.

Unfortunately, I could not find anything that called out to me and made me want to pick up my needles.  The pattern that I chose would need to work with the Ice Queen colorway, a white yarn that slowly transitioned to light blues and then teal. And, the main requirement, it had to use less than one cake. At $20+ per cake, I needed to make sure that the project I chose was worthy of the yarn. No matter, how much I searched Ravely the perfect pattern did not appear.

I had ideas of what the end product should look like: a light shawl with easy lace work  and a stockinette background. I love the triangular shawls and wanted to incorporate that design element as well. Initially, I was going to have sections of lace or stitch work incorporated throughout the entire piece but decided to keep the finished project simple, with lace only at the bottom. I wanted this to be a successful project with minimal ripping out and frogging.

The end result is an isosceles triangle with a wave like appearance. The shawl starts off with four stitches and uses a mix of KFB, K2TOG, and PFB to create the crescent shape. The entire thing uses stockinette except for the last six inches, which has a feather edging. At first, I thought about using a beachy name for the patter but was drawing a blank. All I could think about was how easy the pattern was, it was easy peasy (and delightful). And that is the end project name: Easy Peasy Shawl.

Stitch Patterns:

Stockinette:

Row 1 (RS): Knit all stitches.

Row 2 (WS): Purl all stitches.

Feather Edging:

Row 1 (RS): *K1, Y     O, K1, SSK, K2TOG, K1, YO; repeat from *to last stitch, K1.

Row 2 (WS): Purl all stitches.

Pattern:

Using the long-tail cast on, CO4 stitches.

Set Up Row 1 (RS): K1, KFB, K2

Set Up Row 2 (WS): P1, P2TOG, PFB, P1

Row 1 (RS): K1, KFB, K until last 3 stitches, K2TOG, K1

Row 2 (WS): Purl until last 2 stitches, PFB, P1

Repeat until there are 85 stitches on needles. End with a WS row.

*If you would like a wider edge to the bottom of the shawl, continue with rows 1 and 2. You will need a multiple of 7 sts +1 before starting the bottom edging (92 sts, 99 sts, etc.).

Work Feather Edging for 6 inches, or desired length. End with a WS row.

BO loosely and block shawl.

blocked-shawl

Shawl after blocking.

favorite-version

Shawl on the Body Form, with awesome pin to finish the look!

 

 

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