The Ojo de Dios Knitted Shawl Kits Are Back!
I’ve seen a lot of shawl patterns come across my desk, but Ojo de Dios by Vanessa Ewing, which originally appeared in Interweave Knits Winter 2013, has got to be one of my favorites. I knit it last year, and I wore it so much last winter that I actually had to wash it—I’ve only washed one scarf in my entire knitting career, and that was the classic Clapotis, which I wear a lot.
The Ojo has taken the place of Clapotis as my go-to scarf, and I’ve been a good spokesperson for it. So many knitters have seen me wearing my version and have knit one for themselves. And I’ve been asked plenty of times to knit one for other people. (My answer? “Sorry, love ya, but no. I can teach you how to knit, though!”)
We’ve kitted this project up in two colorways, the original Southwest color palette, and a beautiful jewel-tone version. They’re both stunning. I think I might need need the blue-green one, too. In fact, I know I need it. Of course I do.
The deal with this scarf is that the yarn, Gina by Plymouth, is the star. The self-striping nature of the yarn does the work, and the pattern is created so cleverly to take advantage of that.
Ojo de Dios is a crescent-shaped shawl that begins with 17 triangles that form the lower edge.
Each triangle starts with 84 stitches and is quickly decreased down to six stitches. You’ll pick up stitches on the first triangle to start the second, and so forth, so there’s no seaming the motifs together. Nicely done, Vanessa.
When all of the triangles are knitted, you’ll pick up 252 stitches to start the garter-stitch body of the shawl.
That seems like a lot of stitches, but Vanessa instructs you to pick up 28 stitches along each of the nine top edge triangles, which is totally manageable. You can count the stitches after each triangle to make sure you have the correct amount. Easy-peasy, and this step goes pretty quickly.
The crescent body of the shawl is knit in garter stitch shaped with short-rows. Before you begin the short-rows, though, you work a yarnover row to get those eyelets in place. What a neat detail!
The short-rows are worked starting from the middle 28 stitches, building outward to make the crescent shape. It’s deceptively simple, really, and the Ojo packs a huge punch.
Gina yarn is really soft and the colors are deep and beautiful. The color runs are of medium length, so modular knitting, such as the triangles in the Ojo, is perfect for this yarn.
P.S. Will this be your next shawl? Leave a comment and let us know!