I cast on for this shawl before my trip to Orlando, as I thought that it would be excellent travel knitting. It really was, and I got compliments on it from the airline stewardess! The pattern is really easy to understand, but it does get a little bit boring at times. It’s a great pattern to occupy your hands when your mind is doing something else (reading, etc), but not so much if you’re looking for something complicated to concentrate on.
One of my favorite things about this pattern was that it had three versions that you could choose from. The first was a regular, written-out version. Most patterns would stop there, but this one also included a printer-friendly version, as well as a detailed version. I chose the detailed version, and it was so easy to follow! Each row was written out, and the pattern also indicated what percentage of the way done with the shawl you were. That was a really nice touch that I especially appreciated. I wish every pattern were written like that! The pattern does not include a chart, but while I normally prefer charted lace, this lace was simple enough to really make any sort of chart unnecessary.
I love the feel of working with Malabrigo lace. It is incredibly soft, and the end result feels like wearing a warm cloud. However, it is a huge pain to have to frog- it does not unravel well at all. I’m also a little bit concerned about how the shawl will wear, because this doesn’t strike me as a particularly durable yarn.
I love the way that this shawl turned out, especially the ruffles! It’s a very snuggly shawl, and very warm despite being so light-weight. I love curling up with it around my shoulders!
Pattern: Radiance Shawl
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace
Colorway: Stone Blue
Needles: US 6
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