Several months ago Kate from Dragonfly Fibers sent two skeins of her Djinni Sock yarn in the most extraordinary color - "Heroine". From the moment I opened the package I knew they had to become something special. Unfortunately, I was unable to accurately depict the color in these photos. In reality it is much more plum than wine.
(I know, I know, this photo is a little blurry - blame it on my bad eyes - but I like it anyway.)
As soon as time allowed I set to work trying to design something worthy of Kate's lovely yarn. Semi-circular shawls have been a favorite of mine lately. For evidence of this see the Moody Kerchief & the Snow Drops & Snap Peas Shawl. I find them easy to wear and a versatile shape for design. As I sat listening to the dean of my son's university speak at parent's day, suddenly the idea for this shawl popped into my mind. Out came my notebook where I drew sketches and wrote down my thoughts. I wonder if the dean thought I was diligently taking notes on everything she said.
As often happens when I am inspired by a new design, I knit this up in a matter of two or three days. It is so hard to put down the needles when you are excited about a project - and the deep rich color of this yarn certainly didn't help matters. I was obsessed.
The Coleus shawl is worked from the top edge in garter stitch, it increases outward to the lace border. The leaf lace pattern creates a gently scalloped bottom edge.
Karen and Stacey kindly stepped in to test knit - thank you both so much! Have you seen the amazing things Stacey makes with handspun? Inspired by her I thought this shawl might work up nicely in handspun yarn so I sent her a skein of mine to work with. She'll post photos after the holidays.
Sizes: One Size
Finished Measurements: 64” across top edge, 24” from top edge to base of curve
Yarn: Approximately 600 yards fingering weight yarn.
The sample shown used Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock, 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yds per 4 oz skein. Color: Heroine, 2 skeins. (I used about 1/3 of the second skein)
Gauge: 19 sts & 36 rows = 4”/10cm in garter stitch, blocked.
Needles: 1 set of US 7/ 4.5 mm or size to obtain gauge.
Other Materials: tapestry needle, 12 place markers (PM)
The pattern has both charted and written instructions for the lace border.