Pattern: Broderie Shawl by Alison Green
I finished my Broderie Shawl in May, but then it got so HOT that it seemed like I wasn’t going to wear it until fall! But sometimes I find the air conditioning a little too voracious, and sometimes, it is a perfect shawl to tote around and throw one if it’s a bit breezy and you feel a bit chilly.
Not that it was even remotely chilly the day we took these photos. In fact, it was so humid that me holding the shawl in my hands (admittedly not carefully folded) caused some wrinkled to temporarily appear! Until it was worn for a bit in the humidity, then those same wrinkles dropped right out.
I loved knitting with Berroco’s Millfiori (worsted weight), so I was pretty excited when I found out that they have a new sportweight version. I loved the Broderier pattern the second I laid eyes on it and wanted to knit one exactly like in the pattern photos, so I used the exact same colours- but when the yarn came, I was surprised at how different the two colourways were, I never would have chosen them to go together!
But they work. Oh man, do they ever work. The contrast enhances the texture of the pattern and the whole effect is like a dreamy oriental carpet, which I adore. There’s a certain magic to this pattern- I strongly suspect that because on the textured bands, almost any two skeins could probably be knit together and the effect would be stunning. But with the gradient hues in the Millefiori yarn, it really gives it a great impact for very little work.
I should mention it’s an asymmetrical shawl, and starts at the widest edge and then you work the decreases at regular intervals. It’s so interesting to watch the bands and the colours come together, I found knitting it to be really very addictive. And of course, I know only want to knit another one, I want to knit a garment in this yarn, because it’s just so heavenly.
When fall comes (and it’s September in a couple weeks, whoa!) there’s going to be a lot more opportunity to wear this shawl, and I can’t wait!