Up for the Challenge: The Wonderlake Shawl
We like to knit easy patterns sometimes, because they have a tendency to go quickly, and they’re, well . . . easy. We want something to knit in front of the TV, or to take with us on vacation. But sometimes we’re up to the challenge, and we want to knit something that will keep us on our toes.
The Wonderlake shawl is that pattern. It’s a combination of several stitch patterns, including beautiful cables, bobbles, lattice stitch in the center, and waving lace at the top.
This is a circle shawl, open in the front. Cables border the front and bottom, and there’s a cable panel up the center of the back, as you can see in the photo at right.
We’re offering two kits for this pattern, one in earthy rust, as shown at right and below left, and one in a beautiful blue, called Channel, shown below right. I love both colors, but I think the blue would go better with my black and gray winter staples.
The yarn is Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted, which I’ve worked with before. It’s a smooth yarn that shows off cables and other stitch patterns beautifully. The Wonderlake is knit on size 9s, which is the perfect size for all of the cables and other pattern work in this project.
The cables and openwork make a little bit of a dense fabric, so knitting this on a larger needle than the yarn calls for gives the shawl a nice drape. If it were knit on a 7, the shawl would be too stiff.
Wonderlake is knit from the bottom up, starting with the border, worked over 20 stitches. This section is similar to the center back panel, but it has the bobbles at the edge. After the border section is knit, the front cables are worked, and then stitches are picked up along the side edges of the pieces and the body knitting can begin. The finished shawl is a generous 66 inches wide and 31 inches tall, which is bigger than lots of the shawl patterns out there now. Bigger = cozier!
If you start knitting now, you can have this shawl finished in time for the fall chill. Just choose your color and order your kit—it’ll be delivered to your door, ready to cast on!
Even though this project is rated as challenging, you knit it just like any other: one stitch at a time.
P.S. Leave a comment below and let me know if you prefer easy patterns, or those with a little challenge involved. I’m somewhere in the middle, and I usually have one of each going, so I can choose the project that fits my situation.