Two color shawls are my weakness. I cannot think of a better way to spend a day than digging through my stash, or my LYS's shelves to find that perfect combination of colors on a beautiful fingering weight base. So when the good folks at Mrs Crosby Loves to Play offered to send me a few skeins of their luscious Satchel to create a two color shawl, I jumped at the chance. They have a unique range of colors -- both solid and variegated -- that cover the gamut from delicately kissed with hue to brazenly bright. After dreaming over the countless possible color combinations I selected a more subdued combination of African Grey, and Wild Huckleberry to create the Montrachet Shawl. These colors work well to echo, and compliment the hues in my urban landscape. If I were to go brighter I might try Flame Colored Tanager with Scarlett Ibis, or Great Tailed Grackle with Peacock. I'd love to knit a single color version in Varied Bunting. If you want to see these wonderful colors, and think about combinations for yourself head over and see them on Mrs Crosby's Website.
I knew I wanted to create a design that would highlight a range of combinations, and make pairing highly variegated yarns with more solid shades a breeze. I began with a body of garter stitch since the texture works so well with either variegated or solid yarns. Next I added in my second color and moved into a pretty ripple stitch -- excellent of showcasing two or more colors, before finishing the shawl off with one of my favorites for shawls -- the picot bind off.
Designs of this sort lend themselves to experimenting, and I encourage you do try different combinations and color placements on this shawl. Perhaps a highly variegated body and a variegated and solid border, or the entire shawl worked in a single color -- all variegated or all solid. Maybe try a striped body, and a solid color for the ripples, or use three colors, one for the body and bind off, and the other two for the ripples.
The possibilities really do go on and on. If you knit a Montrachet, I'd love to see what you come up with. I've created a thread in my Ravelry group for the pattern. Show off your version there.
Size: One size.
Finished Measurements: 12.5” deep x 64” wide
Yarn: Mrs. Crosby Satchel, 100% Superwash Merino, 370 yds per 100 g skein.
MC: African Grey: 1 skein, CC: Wild Huckleberry: 1 skein.
Needles: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needles or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 16 sts & 36 rows = 4”/10cm in garter st blocked, always take the time to check gauge
Other Materials: tapestry needle
Price: $6.00 US