Knitty Winter 2009’s Wine Citron Shawl

Wine colored Citron Shawl in Spirit Trail Fiberworks Merino

When I saw the Winter 2009 issue of Knitty, I couldn’t wait to get out my needles, get some new yarn, and start several new projects at once. I was surprised because I rarely feel that there are more than one or two items that I want to make from any magazine, online or print.

Here are the four patterns I wanted to make and have added to my knitting queue:

Citron which looks like an easy knit with a single skein of lace weight yarn. While I wanted to try the Malabrigo lace weight which specifies that it is baby merino making it softer, I will use a skein of wine colored Spirit Trail Fiberworks merino lace that I bought at the 2009 MDSW.

Bitteroot which is an interesting lace shawl pattern with a small and large version. I am going to make the smaller version with the blue-green fingering weight Swan Island yarn that I bought at Halycon this summer.

Frost Diamonds Shawl is Stephanie Japel’s a fitted shawl, an idea which intrigues me. It uses a worsted weight yarn and there’s a beautiful magenta, purple and lavender Cascade Quarto at Knitty City that I have my eye on.

Spoke which is a sweater that incorporates circular structures. While the sample is knitted a beautiful purple hand dyed yarn, this pattern is prime for a Noro or other color changing yarn. I have some Noro Silver Thaw in purples that is an aran weight which the pattern for the pattern calls. I am thrilled since I have been searching for a pattern to use.

Wine Citron Shawl elongates with blocking

Since I have been trying to reduce my stash and finish UFOs languishing my project pile, I have to restrain myself when it comes to starting new projects. Therefore, I decided to focus on the Citron shawl since I have the lace weight merino in my stash, it will make a great holiday present, and it looks easy. Further, the fabric has appeared in the Eileen Fisher window earlier this fall in a long rectangular scarf. Given that Citron is the top trending pattern on Ravelry at this point, others have had a similar perspective. I think that this pattern would be great for almost any color yarn although I am not sure that I would  like it for a very thick weight yarn.

I really enjoyed this pattern. It was great for mindless, limited thinking required knitting. It’s easy to carry around.

One important note regarding size: While the size of most shawls don’t matter, I couldn’t understand the dimensions given in the pattern. After blocking, the shawl gained width which changed the knitted piece from a half circle to a more elongated shape. I give this pattern a strong recommendation and will probably make one for myself.

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

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