Today’s focus is on a knitted shawl. This is Blueberry, one of my earliest designs and still a firm favourite of mine.
The original was made in Debbie Bliss Andes, a gorgeous double knit yarn with a good drape, but sadly it is no longer available (not surprising as the design is over 5 years old!). It is a typical top (neck) down triangular shawl with a simple but effective lace pattern that is easy to master, so suitable for a beginner shawl knitter. The finished size is 145cm by 70cm, perfect for my shoulders in summer, or draped with point in front under a coat or jacket. It may be 5 years old but mine still gets lots of use!
It takes about 300m of dk yarn on a 5mm circular knitting needle. A substitute yarn is Blue Sky Fiber Metalico which has some lovely natural shades (you’ll need 3 balls). Other alternatives are Noro Silk Garden Lite Solo (some gorgeous colours – 2 balls required) or try the variegated Noro Silk Garden Lite and Berroco Summer Silk (2 balls). These are luxury yarns with silk, so not the cheapest but you could use any dk yarn you like. By the way, if you buy an Indie pattern on LoveKnitting you can get 15% off yarn if you use code INDIE15 (offer available until midnight on June 5th) – a good excuse to buy some luxury yarn!
You can find the pattern at the offer price of £2 (for the whole of June) on LoveKnitting here or for those who prefer to use Ravelry here, but if you use Ravelry you will need to use coupon code INDIEJUNE on checkout to obtain the discounted price.
Happy knitting xxxx