July 30, 2017

Our San Francisco Bay Area climate, even with it's warm and sunny days, most always turns chilly when dusk approaches and the marine layer settles in.  We call it nature's air conditioning. Still, we love outdoor summer evening parties and every guest knows the drill: bring something warm.  I always bring a shawl to slip on at dusk (and I'm not the only one who also brings a sweater in case it gets downright cold.)  Because of this, I really don't think one can have enough shawls, plus, they are fun to knit! I know you agree because there are over 45,000 shawl patterns on Ravelry!  

Here are the details of my most recent shawl: 

The Yarn--Rowan Kidsilk Haze is a stand-out yarn on its own, but knit it double or pair it with another luscious yarn and it is downright blissful.  Adding a strand of KSH to another yarn beefs up the fluff and elegance factors. In the past I've paired KSH with Felted Tweed, Fine Lace, and Pure Silk with great success. Adding it will also help the yarn to effortlessly glide through your fingers and needles. And then there's the soft factor.  It's adds an ocean of soft too. I would recommend pairing KSH with a fingering, sport, or dk weight yarn. A yarn bulkier than that may overwhelm the wispy beauty of the laceweight KSH. My most recent KSH pairing was with Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK. The two together were heaven to knit and made an absolutely gorgeous fabric.  I would not hesitate to pair the two together again. 

The Pattern--River by McFadden was very fun to knit--stripes, eyelets, garter stitch--everything I love. It calls for dk weight yarn, and since knitting the two yarns together made a thicker yarn, my shawl dimensions are a little bigger because of this. This shawl is quite small but does block bigger. Still, if you want it to be larger it would be very easy to do that. 

I quickly powered through this knit because I loved everything about it, the pattern and the yarn. A very fun knit.

Both yarns are available at your local Rowan stockist or any number of online shops.

Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK in Deep and Snowdrop

Have a great week and I'll be back soon with another finished knit.
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  1. Thank you for more knitting inspiration and sharing a free pattern. I really like the things you knit.

    1. Hi, I hope you come back and see this reply. I'm sorry but I goofed about the free pattern. It was only free for a limited time and now it is a paid pattern. Sorry for the confusion.

    2. I like your shawl very much. I am always partial to blue. Was surprised to learn that this pattern is no longer free.

    3. Hi Susan, yes my mistake. It was free for a limited time and I had forgotten that the limited time had passed long ago. Ugh, sorry for the confusion.

  2. Hello. When I clicked the link the pattern has a cost to it. Is this correct! Thanks. Alison

    1. I'm so sorry Alison, my mistake. When the designer introduced the pattern a few months ago she offered it free for a limited time. When I wrote this I had forgotten that the free period has passed long ago. I edited my post.

  3. Perfect shawl....how do you complete so many projects, now that your a Grandma?

    1. Hi Margie. Thank you, and yes, I imagine life will slow down a bit around here. That will suit me just fine!

  4. Thanks for the explanation Kristen, we all make mistakes from time to time.


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