Well, the pattern is finally out. Tech edited, shiny, and everything. The best part is the pattern includes versions to accommodate both yarn weights: Sport and DK.
I love this pattern because it is simple. Sometimes (most of the time) simple knitting is my favorite. Especially as yarns are so amazing and soft these days. The truth is I often feel like I don’t need a fancy pattern. My gorgeous yarn is enough.
I just want to knit it up.
That’s why I love Rainland. It’s as basic as they come. I would have titled the pattern Basic Shawlette, Plain Jane Shawlette, or even Boring Shawlette, but those names have actually been used already on Ravelry.
So, we have Rainland. All you need to warm your shoulders on a drizzly (or truly rotten) day.
Rainland is also super cool because it’s a one-skein wonder. If you have 360 yards (329 m) or so of a lovely skein of DK or Sport that’s been waiting for Just the Right Pattern in your stash…well, this just might be your number. Put those souvenir skeins to use!
The stripy version of Rainland is knit in a handspun DK weight yarn that was gifted to me by a friend. Her sheep. Her spinning. Her dyeing. Special. I like wearing it “wrong side” out quite a bit also. The colors are fun that way.
The all-grey version was worked up in Madelinetosh Pashmina. Um, that’s amazing stuff. So soft with an out-of-this-world Drape Factor. It grew A LOT during blocking, and the pattern is written to accommodate that as well.
I love these easy crescent shawls and could knit them over and over. I think they are very wearable in scarf or shawl formation, with substantial (but not too substantial) tail ends for wrapping or tying.
The bottom garter edge is knit first, followed by the stockinette middle. Simple wrap-and-turn style short rows create the crescent shape. If you are new to short rows, don’t fear. You can still do this. The written instructions are there and quite clear. This would actually be a good starter pattern for a knitter new to short rows, or someone who might need a refresher. There’s not a lot of other craziness going on to cause undo stress.
I believe in you.
The holidays are fast approaching (Gasp! Faint! Cuss a little!), and this one-skein wonder just might make a nice gift for someone on your list.
So, here’s to simple. And easy. And workhorse knits. A cheers to you!
I look forward to seeing you at the Yarn Along. I’m still listening to I’ll Give You the Sun* and reading Truly Madly Guilty* and loving both. I haven’t made much progress on my audiobook because Reed insists on listening to his own stories, with which he is officially obsessed (The Magic Tree House* series). I think I am going to have to find the kid some wireless headphones so we can each enjoy our respective audio stories in the car. Already, we go our own way. So much for car chats. Sigh.
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