Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Dottie Valentine...

Happy Valentine's Day! I didn't plan to post today, was just going to skip this holiday, except for eating (truffles! petit fours! bbq!) and drinking a toast (cabernet!) to the occasion. Somehow, though, when I was getting dressed this morning it dawned on me that the shawl I blocked Sunday would be appropriate for the holiday.

It's Dottie, a beautiful pattern generously provided free by Lilia Mankki. The yarn she used looks very much like Malabrigo lace weight, prompting me to choose the pattern after I impulsively bought 2 hanks in Damask Rose last summer. After struggling with the first bit, though, I put it aside. I didn't pick it up again until last month, then stuck with it until I finished, even though I had long since fallen out of love with the color.

I planned to knit the gathered sections in one of Malabrigo's hand-painted colorways, but changed that plan when I decided it was too busy. Even so, I kept the contrast garter stitch stripes I had put in as borders for the gathered sections. I had a little cherry red cashmere left from my stork's nest scarf and was determined to use it up.

The only other modification I made was to put in extra eyelets along the edge of the border. You'll find more details on my my Ravelry project page for Dottie. For non-Ravelers, the pattern is available here: Dottie Shawl pattern.


Jen said...

Beautiful shawl! (And I don't even like pink. That's how nice it is.)

Wool Winder said...

Pretty in pink!