Remember my old Lotus Blossom shawl?
Nah, I didn’t think so. I have a love/hate relationship with the striping, so I never wear it outside the house. (I do, at least, wear it indoors, which is why I haven’t frogged it yet!)
But I decided to make a prettier version so I’d have something else to wear in public:
Pattern: Lotus Blossom Shawl by Dorothy Siemens
Yarn: Redfish Dyeworks 20/2 silk in color RBL3b
Needles: US2 / 2.75mm Knitpicks nickel-plated circulars
I made a few changes to this one, partly due to necessity and partly because I just can’t leave well enough alone.
First off, the necessary ones: I did two extra stem chart repeats and one extra blossom repeat. My chosen yarn is significantly finer than the DK called for in the pattern, so I needed the extra repeats to get an appropriately sized shawl. (I’d have done even more if I wanted a larger shawl, but I’m on the short side, so…)
Another modification was all the decreases: I started with centered double decreases instead of left-leaning ones, just for kicks. But then in order to keep the flow of those lines, I had to do redo the blossom chart accordingly.
Finally, I honestly tried to do the bobble bindoff this time, but after half a dozen failed attempts, I gave up and just did a k2tog bindoff all the way across.
As for the yarn, this is not the first time I’ve worked with it, and I found it just as lovely this time around. It blocks and drapes beautifully. And it’s a gorgeous color to boot. (And this is coming from someone who doesn’t even really like pink!)