The inspiration for this design, as it happens so often with me, is the beautiful hand-dyed yarn itself. Nature’s Luxury’s silky-soft Sheep en Soiewanted to become a tapestry of my home: The hills and valleys of Lower Austria that come alive in summer in the most gorgeous shades.
This light fingering weight base is a dream to work with and the yardage of 500 m per skein means that you can knit a generous shawl with three skeins. The silk gives the yarn a beautiful sheen that makes the colors shine and feels wonderful against your skein.
The shawl is knit sideways on the bias in one- and two-color brioche and garter stitch in the two main colors. They are worked on their own at the very beginning and end of the main part and blended together in the center, creating a gradient effect.
The contrasting brioche border combines different techniques – among them are brioche short-rows. An i-cord edge in the contrast color surrounds the entire shawl for a clean finish.
3 colors of Light Fingering Weight Yarn
Sheep en Soie by Nature’s Luxury (70% Merino / 30% Mulberry Silk, 500 m / 547 yd per 100 g) in the colorways Mama Babar (Color A – gray), 5 of 1 kind – 2 (Color B – variegated) and Green Apple (Color C – green)
22 sts / 48 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch (relaxed after blocking)
22 sts / 24 rows = 10 cm / 4“ in brioche stitch (relaxed after blocking)
Gauge is not critical but it will influence the size of your finished shawl and your yardage! (Err on the side of a slightly tighter gauge than the pattern calls for.)
250 cm / 98.5“ wingspan, 85 cm / 33.5“ height at center
US 4/3.5 mm circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
tapestry needle, 2 stitch markers