Have you seen Sundara's Colors With Purpose series? She began with Compassion a lovely green on a squishy, comforting, silk/merino Aran weight base. Sundara designed a richly cabled cowl to pair with her Compassion yarn. Next up was Imagine, a beautiful indigo/purple on a merino/cashmere fingering weight base. She called on the talents of Joji Locatelli to create the perfect, fanciful shawl inspired by Imagine. Today Sundara released Joy, a sublime orange on 100% silk lace weight base.
I was delighted a few months ago when Sundara asked me to design a pattern for this elegant yarn. You should have heard the squees of delight when the package of yarn arrived. Sundara's superior skill with color truly shines when paired with this base. Silk takes color like no other fiber I know, and combined with Sundara's complex hues it is (almost) too beautiful to knit.
This is no simple orange. One moment I think it has hints of rose, the next I see a taste of tangerine. The closest thing I can compare this color to is the perfect sunrise on a beautiful summer morning. I cannot think of any color that could express her theme of joy more aptly.
And so I set about designing a shawl to equal this ethereal yarn. The shape had to echo the sunrise that I saw in the colorway, so a top-down, half-pi was chosen. I wanted touches of lace, to showcase the delicate beauty of the base yarn, but not too much to distract from it's color or elegance. Swatching was a delight, since every stitch I knit with this yarn looked beautiful. The hardest thing was paring my selections down to keep the sophisticated simplicity I was looking for.
I named my interpretation of Joy "Exuberance" and the pattern is now available on Ravelry.
Size: One Size
Finished Measurements: Approximately 62” wide across top edge x 25” deep from top edge to hem at deepest point.
Yarn: Sundara Yarn Silk Lace, 100 % Silk, 1000 yds per 100g skein, Color: Joy, 1 skein - the sample shawl used approximately 650 yds.
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) straight or circular needles or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 19 sts & 30 rows = 4”/10cm in Stockinette
18 sts & 32 rows = 4”/10cm in Small Lace, blocked - always take the time to check gauge
Other Materials: stitch markers, tapestry needle, US F (3.75mm) crochet hook