Sometimes it’s nice to give my brain a short break from design work. I had a big deadline that I finished up a couple of weeks ago and I had a knitting weekend planned with some friends so I needed a project that I could bring with me where I could turn my brain off a bit and just enjoy the process of knitting with some beautiful yarn.
A very popular pattern at KnitWit is the “Pagoda Shawl“, designed by Dawn Catanzaro and published by Quince & Co. It’s a perfect little shawl that turns out beautifully and is very relaxing to knit. The pattern calls for Quince & Co Tern (which I love) but I had fallen in love with this dijon colorway in Dirty Water Dyeworks Edna yarn. I worked this up in just a week and I absolutely love it!
A few details about this project…
- Tern is a thinner yarn than Edna (Tern is classified as fingering-weight and Edna is dk-weight). So, I knew I wouldn’t need as much yarn as what the pattern called for (663 yds). Edna has 380 yds, and because I wanted to use just 1 skein, it turns out I couldn’t quite finish the shawl as written with 1 skein but I made it half way through the last set of eyelet increases. It actually looks just fine without finishing all of the increases and because the yarn is thicker the size of the shawl is still great. If you want to do something similar, what I did was match up the last “v” with the first, i.e. they both have 6 eyelets.
- I used the same needle size as suggested in pattern – a US 8 32″ – and I really like how the fabric looks. Not as loose as what the original Tern would have created but I really like the squishy-ness of it.