A finished project to share today – the Break of Dawn Shawl. Design is from Janina Kallio of Woolenberry. I really enjoy her designs as they are a nice combination of simple quick knits with some pretty details. The pattern called for a minimum of 410 yards so I knew I was going to likely run out of yarn since the skein I had picked only had 375 to begin with. I used a well-marinated skein of Opulence from The Woolen Rabbit from deep stash in the colorway Rose Quartz, which is a deep plum-red. The yarn is a 50/50 blend of silk and merino, so it has a gorgeous shine and a nice drape.
I wound up having to omit the last lace motif repeat, but I think it looks fine as-is. It’s a nice elongated crescent shape, perfect to wear wrapped around your neck with the pretty picot edging. I only had about 5 yards of the skein left, so while it is a great single-skein project, you’ll want to have 425 or more yards in your skein if you want to knit it as written.
While I wouldn’t consider this a true beginner’s project as you do have to shuffle stitch markers a bit, it is pretty easy lace and I think an adventurous beginner could tackle it with some care, and it’s a lovely project for a more experienced knitter to cruise along on. I’m really delighted to have found a good match for this gorgeous yarn and to knit through yet another skein of stash yarn!