Today I’ve released my latest pattern, Andrea – a smallish shawl/scarf knit in superbulky yarn. For my prototype I used Patons Fab Big Colour – this is an 100% acrylic yarn, and I don’t usually use acrylics – but the colour of this yarn spoke to me when I spied it sitting proudly amongst the other yarns at John Lewis’, and I had to have it. Originally it was going to be a cowl, but I suspected that the yarn would be just too stiff to be drapey in cowl form.
For gift knitting in the run up to Christmas, this is the perfect pattern! Although I’d knit most of my prototype, I had to rip it all out because I suspected I would run out of yarn (I was right!), but when I restarted, I actually knit the whole thing in a matter of hours – so this makes Andrea perfect for a last minute gift. The yarn I used for my prototype was very budget-friendly, but the pattern would work really well in a yarn made of natural fibres, which although likely to be slightly more expensive, will also stretch more during blocking, making a slightly bigger shawl.
Although this is a bit too small to wear as a proper shawl, it makes a fantastic accessory indoors draped around your shoulders to ward off chills, or worn scarf-like. I’m planning an order of Drops Andes to make several more in different colours!
Here I am looking moody, wearing my Andrea in a more scarf-like fashion!
So, if you need a last minute gift idea, head over to my Ravelry store now!