I’ve been on the lookout for a good shawl option for my Freia handpaints Ombre laceweight. Once I got started with my searching, I came across several good candidates. After looking at them I realized they’d be good for a variety of yarns
- sock yarns with long color repeats (hello Noro!)
- hand dyeds that pool or flash
- self-striping yarns
- gradient yarns (think Twisted Fiber Arts Evolutions) or gradient kits (think Unique Sheep Gradiance collection)
- Chi-Roob – I was surprised to see this was released back in March. I don’t know how I missed it. I love the organic shape. Wouldn’t that deep V look awesome draped on your back?
- Sweet Summer Rays – You don’t see it in the thumbnail, but the shawl has 2 textures to define the shape of the rays. This would work beautifully in a hand dyed to show off each section a bit differently.
- Octo Shawl – The newest shawl in the group, released just a few days ago. The designer used 3 different (but similar) shades of Malabrigo Lace but you could easily get the same effect with any of the yarns I listed.
- Northern Lights – This one has been in my faves *forever*. The chevrons really get me. They’re just so much fun to knit.
- Pogona – I’m sure you all recognize this one from Stephen West. You may recall that I started a Pogona last year. And guess what? It uses M1s. I think I may rip it and try again with my newfound discovery. Lovely shape but I hated knitting it.
- Furrows Shawl – Part of Miriam Felton’s Chevron Collection – 6 designs all incorporating chevrons. The crescent shape is an easy sell for me. If you like the look of Furrows but don’t want to commit to a full shawl, Miriam also has the Furrows Cowl.
As I was putting together this post I was reminded of how many yarns I want to buy. This Friday Faves may be bad for my checkbook…
I’ll catch you on the purl side.