Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sentiment Shawl

Sometimes a knitter just wants a project that turns out dramatic and gorgeous, but is really fast to make.  Meet Sentiment:
Photo © Kathy Cadigan 2013

This crescent-shaped shawl is knit up in Malabrigo Rasta in the intensely saturated color, Sunset.  It's just semi-solid enough to make each huge stitch pop next to its neighbor, and the gauge (2 stitches to the inch) makes for a quick and satisfying knit.

Photo © Kathy Cadigan 2013
To get that lovely crescent shape, the lace edging is worked first, followed by a series of short rows in easy Stockinette.  Finish it off with just a couple rows of Garter stitch and you have a stunning lace-edged shawl using just over 300 yards of yarn.

Photo © Kathy Cadigan 2013
It's been a few years since I designed a super bulky shawl, but Pembroke was such fun that I decided I needed another one in the same spirit.  Sentiment takes a popular shawl shape - the short-row shaped crescent - and gives it oversized drama in the same way that Pembroke did for the classic lace triangle.  This time I wanted to really celebrate the large stitches and breathtaking yarn by showing them off with a big swath of Stockinette too.

Photo © Kathy Cadigan 2013

The easy lace and heavy yarn makes this such a quick project that it’s perfect for that last-minute gift-knitting.  Or even better, for a special present just for you (as a reward for all that gift-knitting of course!)  You can get the pattern right here on my website, on Ravelry, Patternfish, Craftsy, or if you're a yarn shop, in print through Stitch Sprouts.

I want to say a huge thank you to Kathy Cadigan, who took these gorgeous photos, and to designer Diana Walla for modeling.  (I just finished knitter her wonderful pullover design, Skydottir.)


Finished Measurements
Wingspan: 48 in/122 cm 
Depth at Center: 21 in/53.5 cm

320 yd/295 m super bulky weight yarn

Shown in Malabrigo Rasta (100% Merino; 90 yd/82 m per 150g skein) 
Color: Sunset; 4 skeins

Gauge measurement should be taken after blocking. 
8 sts/13 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Stockinette stitch

Needles and Notions 
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

US #15/10 mm needle

tapestry needle 
blocking pins 
blocking wires (optional)

working lace from charted and/or written instructions 
short row shaping

1 comment:

  1. I think I might have just found the project for some rowan big wool that's been attached a few years. (Originally for a felted bag project that I decided I didn't like... after buying the yarn.) I found some sweaters but I'm juuuust short on yarn, and this is perfect! Yay!


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