Winter branches, budding twigs, emerging leaves, leaf and bower.
Finished! This pattern is by Sivia Harding and “depicts a forest progressing from winter into spring.” The pattern comes in 2 sizes and I chose to knit the smaller of the two. The smaller came out to a lively 54 x 25 inches, a really nice size, imo. The different pattern progressions were not at all hard (no nupps!) and it was much more interesting to switch the patterns frequently.
The yarn….ah, malabrigo! This is an incredibly, incredibly soft baby merino, a 2-ply laceweight that was just a delight to knit with, especially after knitting with the scratchy noro sock yarn!
My only problem, and I’m not sure why this happened, was that I ran out of the malabrigo about 5 rows from the end. This is the yarn specified in the pattern for the smaller of the two shawls, 1 skein of malabrigo lace, 470yds, and I used a small needle (3.25mm), so who knows why, but it happened. I really didn’t want to have to rip back and change the pattern to accommodate a different finishing pattern; I really didn’t want to have to buy a whole other skein; so I fished around in my stash and came up with my giant skein of Helen’s Laces by Lorna’s Laces. It is a deep blue and the tone and hue went with the Jewel Blue Malabrigo. Fortunately, the Malabrigo went as far as the second to last pattern repeat, so the Helen’s Laces picks up on the edging pattern. Also, the pattern called for beads to be knit in the 2nd to final row and I thought that would brighten up the dark blue and not look so starkly contrasting.
Pre-block, I wasn’t so sure about my decision. Post-block, I love it. It’s like having a bit of a frame around the shawl and gives it weight, both from the colour and from the added beads, and I love it and can’t wait to wear it out someplace swanky.
I paired the shawl up with a pin my sister gave me years ago. It has blue beads and silver kokopellis, and I love how I can pin the shawl to my dress and have it stay put.
This was a very much loved Mother’s Day present from my two girls.