This is the Little White Shawl version of the Little Black Dress.
Everyone needs one. I call it Take Me to the Party.
Secret #1: if you start knitting it now, it’ll be done in time for the holiday parties.
Secret #2: it glimmers. There are sequins! Because I am that adult that glances longingly at all the shimmery girls tees in Target and wishes it was more age appropriate for 40 year old women to wear sparkly clothes every day. It’s hard to tell from the still photos, but if you check out my geeky video on YouTube*, you’ll be able to see the shimmer and glitz.
Secret #3: if you can’t handle the sequins, just substitute yarn with the non-sequin variety. No one will ever know.
This shawl is perfectly crescent shaped and starts at the top with just a few stitches–my favorite way to start a big project. The stockinette is balanced with texture created from slipped stitches and some subtle eyelet rows. The edges are garter, so nothing will roll, fold, or generally misbehave.
I held two strands of yarn together, both lace weight. The first was Lang Merino Paillette (that’s where the shimmer comes from), and the second was Isager Alpaca Merino. Together, they result in a surprisingly squishy shawl that will be perfect for warming those bare shoulders left to shiver under your fancy dresses this winter.
Substituting with a single strand of fingering or DK would also work well.
I am a big fan of knitting with neutral colors that go with everything, like white or black. It’s hard to make such a basic decision given all the gloriously prismatic shades of yarn available these days. But here’s the thing: this shawl goes with almost anything.
Hello wardrobe essential.
Or, be a rebel and knit this in neon pink.
I think there’s a stereotype that knitting isn’t sexy. Sure, maybe it’s cozy. Or quirky. Or even pretty. But it’s not sexy.
Well, you know what I say: screw that.
As with all my patterns, Take Me to the Party has been reviewed by an independent technical editor. Instructions include measurements in both metric and English units. It can be all yours for a mere $6 USD on Ravelry. (Subscribers, check your inbox for a special coupon code to save $2.) If you aren’t in the market for a new shawl pattern quite yet, please take a moment to add it to your favorites (click the little heart in Ravelry) so you can more easily find it when the mood strikes.
*Obviously making YouTube videos is NOT my forte in life, but I am working on it. Kind of. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to subscribe to my YouTube channel.
P.S. A very special thanks to my dear and talented friend Anna. If you have a bare wall that needs fine art, check out her site here.