Living in Aberdeen, I think it’s fair to say that our summers are somewhat unreliable. We can have some gloriously sunny days, but equally there are weeks where it seems to rain non-stop and times when I wonder if it would be okay to wear a winter coat. With that in mind, when I spotted Sirdar Colour Wheels when I was in a wool shop (Wool for Ewe in Aberdeen) a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t resist! It seemed like the perfect colour and weight to make a shawl to wear during the not-so-warm Aberdeen summer.
The colour that I bought was ‘Perfectly Pretty’ and as soon as I started working with it I loved it! The colours are perfect for summer and as a DK yarn made of 80% acrylic and 20% wool, it’s soft and not too heavy. When it came to choosing a pattern I wanted to go for something quite simple, so I ended up basically doing a granny triangle, which started from the bottom corner.
To start, I followed this tutorial on YouTube, but once I was a couple of rows in I didn’t need it as it’s such a simple pattern. It’s a great one to do if you’re just looking to switch off, and I love the repetitive nature of the granny stitch. The great thing is that you can just keep going until it’s the size you want and the simplicity of the pattern really shows off the colours of the yarn.
The final size of my shawl is 120cm wide and 52cm from the mid-point of the long edge to the bottom point.
Even though the yarn calls for a 4mm hook, I decided to use a 5mm as sometimes I make my stitches a bit too tight. I’m really happy with the result and looking forward to getting the chance to wear it.
Now, what to make next?