16 February 2012

Easy knit shawlette, perfect for Noro

Flannelberry sent me some lovely Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn. I looked at it for awhile, and it told me it wanted to be a little shawl. Just a nice, simple design that showed off all the colours and made the wearer feel a bit more cheerful than they otherwise might.
My mom heard I was working on this and asked what colour it was. Hmm, that’s not an easy question to answer with this yarn! Noro is different than most yarns. It doesn’t come in *a* colour, it’s got wild, bright, long repeats of colours that you wouldn’t always expect to see together but somehow work out anyway. It’s also more like handspun, a very loosely twisted blend of cashmere, silk, wool, and in the case of the sock yarn, some nylon to add strength. It’s got great texture and looks fabulous in simple stockinette.
So, I sat down and started graphing and knitting and tearing out and reknitting and ended up with a workable design.
Actually the original design needed a minor modification, so I did a second one using some hand dyed wool from my stash:
Yep, that works!
It’s a very easy knit: if you can cast on, knit and purl, do yarn overs and knit two together, you can do this. The pattern, called A Dash of Colour, is available for sale now on Ravelry. If you aren’t on Ravelry (if you are a knitter, you should be!), you can get the pattern directly right here.


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