The first one is Giro, a unisex, asymmetrical shawl knitted on the bias, totally reversible with a pattern that combines the squishiness of the garter stitch with the cool texture of the elongated stitches. Its diagonal lines are accentuated by the variegated yarn but it works well with solid colors too.
The second pattern is Tulipa, the Portuguese word for Tulip. It’s worked top-down (starting with a garter stitch tab) with a lovely lace stitch resembling little tulips emerging from a garter stitch background. It has a crescent shape, but it is symmetrical being worked without a centre spin or short-rows. I finished with a picot bind-off because I think it adds something special to this delicate and feminine knit, but instructions how to work a stretchy bind-off are included into pattern as well.
The third pattern is bem-me-quer, the most challenging design of this collection, suitable for advanced knitters that like to try unusual stitches and don’t mind to have a huge number of stitches on the needles.
This textured shawl it’s knitted bottom-up with a lace edging resembling daisies. Inspired by the popular children’s play “bem-me-quer”, “malmequer” with many possible translations – “love me, love me not”, “forget me, forget me not”, where a daisy, petal by petal, reveals you if your love is corresponded or not….
Pinho, the 4th design of this collection, it’s a crescent shaped shawl worked top-down, without short-rows. As Tulipa, it starts with a garter stitch tab, but has a garter stitch section followed by a lace pattern resembling little pine trees. An interesting edging adds the last touch to this sweet and easy knit that works well both with solid and subtle variegated yarns.
The last pattern is Vereda, a triangular shawl knitted sideways. It has a wavy lace pattern resembling vines or sinuous paths, depending on where imagination leads you…As any modular pattern is very flexible, being easily adaptable by changing the number of repeats.
For the first half, increases are made until desired width is achieved, then decreases are worked for the second half. I’d recommend using a fiber with at least 60% wool and wet blocking to enhance shawl wavy lines, specially the short sides. I think it’s the perfect one skein project!
It was very enjoyable work with different shapes and create shawls so different from each other, some are more romantic as Tulipa and bem-me-quer, others more simple and unisex as Giro e Pinho and others as Vereda, are somewhere in the middle. Each one represented a different challenge and I’m very happy how they turned out, I hope you enjoy them as well. Thanks for reading and knit happy!