If you’re reading this on Boxing Day, chances are you’re ready for a leisurely knitting pattern. A pattern where you won’t feel the urge to growl “SHUT IT, I’M COUNTING”, because in all likelihood you probably still have a house full of guests or holiday dinners to attend. Enter “Ume” by Andrea Rangel; a delightful project you can knit while mingling or lingering over coffee and the last remaining sugar cookies.*
The shawl shown here was knit by our gal Fleming. She was immediately drawn to the modern look and styling of this shawl. ” Usually I never knit things in the same color that they were modeled in, ” says Fleming, “which is probably why I bought two different dyelots . . . I was just too excited to get started!”
Fleming knit the shawl pictured here using two slightly different dyelots of Malabrigo Sock. Sock is a yummy fingering weight yarn that’s hand-dyed and made of superwash merino wool. It’s drapey, squishy and when you need to wash it you can toss it in the washer on gentle and lay flat to dry.
Since one dyelot was more peachy, and the other more of a cool rose, Fleming switched between skeins every two rows to blend the two dyelots together. The result is just stunning!
Knit from wing tip to wing tip, with a panel of garter stitch and a modern lace edging, “Ume” works up quickly (well comparatively speaking) because once you’re halfway done the rows get faster and faster to knit. It’s generous dimensions make it fun to style, and the picot edging really pops when wrapped over the garter stitch border section. Overall, an excellent choice for a post-holiday project.
*You know the ones: misshapen, frosted liberally by a four-year-old.