I’ve been happily knitting away on this little beauty, the Damson Shawl designed by a talented young Scottish designer, Ysolda. I started it for the 4th Quarter Knitting Challenge issued by the wonderful Sheri at the Loopy Ewe . You might remember that the last challenge was the slightly daunting Girasole Shawl. This challenge was a faster, kinder challenge, especially seeing as how the Damson didn’t take long to knit up at all.
I chose a yarn called Mini Mochi. It’s manufactured by Crystal Palace. It’s a single-ply yarn that is 80% Merino and 20% nylon. This yarn is unbelievably soft. It was all I could do not to just sit there squeezing the ball of yarn like a stress ball. I used the Violet colorway. This particular shawl (which is more of a shawlette) took about two and a third skeins.
The shawl is really not hard to knit at all. The first half of the design is garter stitch and the second half is stockinette. The only other “specialty” stitches are very simple. We’re talking yarn overs, knit two together, and pass slipped stitch over. Nothing hard at all! The edging is also not complicated at all. The pattern itself is written very clearly with the instructions both in written form and charted out. The designer has also included a very nice Stitch Count chart for the knitter showing you how many stitches you should have at the end of the different rows. I happened to purchase my pattern as a .pdf file download from the Ravelry website (http://www.ravelry.com/) but you can also go to Ysolda’s own website and purchase a copy, albeit the price is in pounds.
The pattern is designed in such a way that it curves around your neck and drapes over your shoulders easily. It lays very securely even without the benefit of a shawl pin. The little knit “gussets” in the design give it a lovely little flare, too…..just a very nice, feminine shawl. And any shawl knit in garter stitch always feels extra cozy to me and this shawl is no exception. That, and the yarn I used, gives it a 4-Star “Snuggle” rating by me.
Here’s a picture of the back of the shawl. As you can see, it’s not a big shawl but it’s just right to warm the shoulders on a cool day. I would highly recommend this pattern to anyone looking for a fun, easy project to knit up. The only hard part will be confining yourself to knitting just one.