Tips for the new version of Ojo de Dios (It’s Bigger!)

Why mess with a great thing, like the Ojo de Dios Shawl? Because sometimes messing with great things leads to greater things! Or at least, bigger things. That’s the case with our brand-new Ojo de Dios Chunky Knitted Shawl Kit. We teamed up with designer Vanessa Ewing to revisit her original knockout shawl pattern to recreate it for the brand new Plymouth Yarns Gina Chunky.

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Ojo de Dios Chunky

If you loved the worsted weight Plymouth Yarns Gina, a wonderful wooly yarn dyed in long color repeats, which gives the Ojo de Dios shawl it’s distinctive patterning, you’ll love Gina Chunky—same amazing colors but in bigger yarn!

The Ojo de Dios Chunky Knitted Shawl Kit comes with all the yarn you need to knit your own version, and our brand new pattern compilation eBook, Interweave Knits presents 5 Accessory Patterns for Knitted Motifs.

Inspired by the popularity of Ojo de Dios and other knitted motif–patterns, I pulled together four of my favorite patterns that use motifs, whether they’re colorwork or lace or separate pieces, and packaged them with Ojo de Dios Chunky into one downloadable PDF.

Vanessa was kind enough to share three of her best tips for working motifs, specifically regarding the Ojo de Dios shawl, but these great tips can be used for any kind of pieced-together motif knitting.

  • Contrast between colors: When making the triangle edging, it is a good idea to evaluate what color is coming up next on your ball of yarn. Since the triangles are worked modularly (not sewn together afterward) you may want to use either the center or the outside strand of yarn on your ball of yarn to ensure a higher or lower contrast, as you desire.
  • Picking up stitches for join-as-you-go motifs: Many knitters have said they felt really awkward about the cast on/pick up of the stitches onto the DPNS. One really great way to fix this is to cast on/pick up all of your sts onto one needle (like a circular). Then you can divide up the sts as needed onto the DPNs.
  • Needle choice matters:Don’t be tempted to try magic loop or two circular needle method for the triangle motifs. The way the triangle decreases are set up—you will have a far easier and successful time working on just double-pointed needles.

Do you have any tips for knitting motifs? Or are you just itching to cast on for your own Ojo de Dios Chunky?

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P.S. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the Ojo de Dios chunky version. The original is one of our most popular shawl knitting patterns, so we’re hoping you love the chunky version, too!

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