I decided to decrease my yarn stash by using up partial balls of Morris and Sons Empire 8 ply merino on this free shawl pattern called Kottarainen by Heidi Alander.
The original pattern uses two colours but I had three shades of green and three lighter colours of grey, beige and white, so I began with the darkest of the light colours and the lightest of the greens and switched colours as I ran out of yarn.
While the pattern was written for 4 ply yarn, this fabric is still wonderfully flexible, soft and cosy, and I now have a large 200cm x 72cm triangular shawl.
If you use the English version of the pattern, note that in the bind-off the k2tog is through the back loop – it seems like it from the instructions but I wasn’t certain until I checked the Finnish version to be certain.
A few more details can be found on my Ravelry project page for the Kottarainen shawl.
I combined a few different stitch patterns to create a light texture for the top of the hand. It was an experiment which I’m mostly happy with but I’d make a few minor changes if I made these again.
Most importantly, mum was super thrilled :) And she loved her cable along socks.
Needles: 3.0mm (US 2.5) and 2.5mm (US 1.5)
Yarn: Morris & Sons Maya 8 ply Baby Alpaca
How much: 1.4 skeins (140 metres / 153 yards), 70 grams
Colorway: 3814 Lagoon
I thought I’d be making socks for the relatives I’m seeing in a few months but… I’ve become fascinated by shawls.
I wanted a variegated or striped yarn in red colours but I couldn’t find anything locally so I fell back on the trusty Morris and Sons Empire yarn (100% Australian superfine merino). I chose the 2ply because I hadn’t tried it before but I wasn’t sure if it would work because it’s incredibly thin with 700m in a 50 gram ball. Continue reading