I’m the Queen of Finished Projects lately!
I used Silky Wool yarn in color #105-Icy Blue. Silky Wool is a 45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon blend available in a wide range of colors, including six new ones.
The Asparagus shawl is designated an “intermediate” pattern in the book. I thought it was good TV knitting. You have to pay attention on the edges where the asparagus tip motif is located, but the body of the shawl is garter stitch.
The garter stitch combined with the Silky Wool yarn makes a soft, squishy fabric that is very cuddly. I can see this shawl being very useful for covering my shoulders when it’s cold, or even scrunching up as a make shift pillow for a nap.
There are two versions shown in the book. The three skein version I made and a larger five skein version (shown below).
Something I was delighted to discover when I read through the pattern is that this isn’t a standard triangular shawl. It has neck shaping! You work a number of repeats for the back portion, bind off stitches in the center, then work each front wing.
I actually worked the two fronts at the same time on a long circular needle. That way when I was done I just had to weave in the ends and go.
When I was weaving in ends I found it helpful to stretch the area I was working on over my knee so I could better trace the path of the yarn through the garter stitch.
More Silky Wool Shawls
Asparagus is not the first shawl Elsebeth has designed using Silky Wool.
The Lyn Shawl from The Take Five Collection has a wonderful dragon motif. It would be a unique garment to wear.
Frida from The Small Things Matters Collection interprets some of Elsebeth’s wonderful cables into a lace pattern. This pattern is fully charted and includes an image of what the finished shawl will look like to help you orient yourself.
The City(e)scapes Collection shows both small and large versions of the Lyon Shawl. The smaller size shown above takes three hanks of Silky Wool.
This larger version of Lyon uses seven hanks of Silky Wool.
Last, but not least, is the Dinah Shawl from The Lazy Days Collection. This crescent shawl takes just three hanks of Silky Wool. I find the simple design enchanting.
What design elements do you look for in a shawl? Do you like a large one you can wrap up in or do you prefer a smaller one to just cover your shoulders? Leave a comment letting me know which of the ones shown is your favorite.
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