This is the All Shawl made for the Elegant Ewe, my book signing host for 2008 CGOA Chain Link in Manchester NH, in a stunning new colorway with which Marci had fallen in love. As is my usual method of procuring materials for design purposes, I contacted the distributor, begged and begged and held my breath. Luckily I did not have to miss much oxygen, because Lisa at Fairmount Fibers sent this yarn before I had barely begun to turn blue. 😀 Thanks, Lisa!
Alas, my amateur photography does not do justice to this fabulous yarn. It is Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in the variegated colorway Olivewood. The true colors are much warmer and golden than the image, trust me. And even though these are not MY colors and even though I can’t wear wool, I am so tempted to keep this. Ah, heck. Too late.
With the handsome, taller-than-me Marci and Kelly in mind, I fashioned this version to be better proportioned and a touch fuller for extra fling and drama. It required perhaps 100 yards more yarn to do one this way, but worth every inch. Here are the specifics:
SIZE 20” back length, 50” front edge
Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend; 30% silk, 70% Merino Extrafine Wool, Kettle Dyed; 1.75 oz (50 g)/150 yd (135 m)
4 hanks in 3120 Olivewood (approx 540 yds used)
Size J-10 (6 mm) crochet hook
In edc mesh, 9 sts = 4″; 4 rows = 3″
Make a medium length, fuller version of the basic All Shaw by: Fsc 9, with 9 V’s in Row 1 (18 sts), work mesh body to 20 rows total (170 sts). Continue with lace trim, making 21 lace pattern repeats.
I wish this was a petting blog so you could feel the luxury of this fabric!