I finished up the Softly Spoken shawl this week and it blocked out beautifully! The pattern is by Janina Callio of Woolenberry. I really enjoy knitting her patterns as they tend to be fairly straightforward knits with a nice combination of pretty but not overly complex details. I had been looking for some patterns to utilize the vast quantities of miniskeins I have in stash and this one fit the bill nicely.
It is a rectangular stole, or a very generous scarf, knit one short end to the other. I used 5 tonal-dyed 20-g minis from the Rebel Woolworks summer advent box my DH got me as a birthday gift this year, plus the coordinating multicolored full skein. I only used about 60 g of the 100-g full skein. The yarn base (Sahalie Sock) is a bit heavier than the original used in the pattern so I was only able to knit 10 and not 11 repeats, as called for, in each of the solid color bands. I could have gotten a half repeat out of the miniskeins, but I opted to just omit a repeat and I think the length turned out fine. I used a total of 672 yards for the finished shawl.
The other change I made was that the pattern called for a temporary cast-on, where you go back at the end once you’ve bound off the opposite end and undo the cast-on, pick those stitches up, and then bind them off using a picot bind-off so the ends match. I just opted to use a picot cast-on, and then worked across the stole, and used a picot bind-off for the opposite end. They match fine (I used the same cadence to create the picots so they would) and I much prefer that way of working than fussing around with unzipping the cast-on and then immediately casting off.
The pattern originally was written for more of a true fade gradient, with off-white for the two ends and then a light pink to dark rose color shift through the minis. I enjoyed this pattern enough I may give that look a try at some point, but I do love this one with with it’s stronger fall colors just in time for some cooler weather here in the northern hemisphere.
6 thoughts on “FO Friday: Softly Spoken”
I am with you – I love picot cast on and bind-offs for adding a pretty edge and with the added benefit on foregoing the provisional cast on. Lovely.
Thank you! I loved knitting this one 🙂
I have several Wollenberry patterns in my queue, including this one. So it was great seeing your version of this pattern and hearing your comments in your podcast.
She has some great patterns! I have another one (Terrain) I’ll be working on this month too. 🙂
This looks neat! I don’t blame you at all for doing a picot cast-on instead of the temporary one that it was written for. That sounds like too much work. 😉
Very pretty. We have similar pattern preferences. Straight forward and repetitive.