Friday, June 15, 2018

Side By Side Shawl

I don't wear shawls. I don't wear neon colors unless I'm cycling outside and trying to avoid getting hit by a car. So why in the world would I knit a lime green shawl?! Knit shawl using Vera Valimeki Sidebyside pattern
Well, I saw the Side by Side shawl in almost identical colors made by Veera Valimaki for the Interpretations 4 collection at the Knitting in the Hills retreat this March. When I tried it on, I just knew I had to make an identical one. The shape and modern lines just really spoke to me and as soon as the Costa Maya cardigan was off my needles, I cast this on the same day.
Knit shawl neon green and grey side by side pattern
Madelinetosh no longer made this green so I scrounged the web and found a really pretty neon wool and silk blend from It's a Stitch Up in UK. It was perfect since the silk will be cooler for Texas weather. I also realized I didn't have a tonal grey in my stash so I picked up the Baah! Manhattan yarn at my LYS. It's 70% merino and 30% cashmere blend so it's pricey, but it's my new favorite yarn. Beautiful stitch definition and soooo soft. I used ~1.5 skeins of the neon and less than half the skein of the grey and was really pleased how it came out.
Modern knit shawl arrow stripe pattern SideBySide

The shawl is large and as you can tell from the pictures, my arms are not long enough to stretch it out from one corner to the other. However, it was knit on size 7 needles and the pattern is so easy to memorize that it flew off my needles in a few weeks. Unfortunately it's too hot in Austin to wear it now, but I can't wait to wear it in the fall. I might be a shawl convert now.

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