Stora Dimun Shawl from Cheryl Oberle's "Folk Shawls"
My work buddy Christine graciously agreed to model my latest finished shawl. This shawl is a Faroese shawl and is from Cheryl Oberle's wonderful book "Folk Shawls" . I have been working my way through this book and this is my 6th or 7th from the book. Although knitting this shawl gave me some fits at the beginning - now that I have it in my head I will be starting another. It isn't a difficult pattern you just have to read the pattern through first, use markers, and look ahead because some of the shoulder shaping instruction are provided after the instructions of for the body of the shawl. I just about missed them! The best thing about this type of shawl is that it is constructed specifically to be able to stay put on your shoulders ... and it works!
It's generously sized - perfectly sized. For this shawl I used the yarn that was suggested in the book ; Blackberry Mills silk blend yarn in 'trillium' (and after looking at photos of purple trillium I can say that is very well named!) I am thoroughly captivated by this type of shawl and can't wait to get started on the next one - which will be knit with Malabrigo Rios in ArcoIris. I have to admit that I have found Malabrigo yarns to be completely addictive. The resultant fabric has such a lovely drape and is so soft - it works against my skin and I have always been allergic to wool on my neck ... it's an amazing work of art yarn - akin to my other favorite - Noro Silk Garden.