A few years ago, I started my first big shawl project, inspired and spurred on by a purchase I made of a gradient set from Sundara Yarn. Nothing makes you want to cast on more than spending good money on fabulous yarn.
Impulsive Yarn Shopping
I say impulsive but this purchase from Sundara was not very impulsive. Every once in a while, Sundara offers a set like this that is available to pre-order for several days. I did not buy it impulsively. Instead, I looked for a pattern and thought about it. And then I dreamed about the yarn. Do you every dream about yarn? I do – quite frequently, in fact. But it’s rare for me to dream about a specific yarn. And I know that I should buy something when I start dreaming about it. I mean, really – how could it not be fate?
And so, after several days of contemplating, I kinda-sorta bought this gradient set impulsively.
On the Needles
I started this project in 2017…and then it sat, untouched, for a while. Why? Two words: short rows. This project taught me to loathe short rows. I had no idea what I was getting into when I casted on this shawl. And it didn’t take me long to dread short rows.
While knitting socks, short rows are nothing. They take up a few minutes of your life – maybe 15 minutes. The short rows in this shawl tooks months out of my life. Okay, not really – but they went on endlessly. And this is the reason I put the project aside for a while. I finally picked it back up again in August of 2018 and finished it about a month later.
Pattern: Verum by Jana Huck
Yarn: Sundara Sport Merino Two
Colorway: Autumn in Italy Gradient
Secondary yarn: Tosh Merino DK by Madelinetosh (Ristretto colorway)
Needles: US 4
Made for: me
Time to completion: ~2.5 months
I didn’t love this pattern. I had a few issues with the way it was written. Thankfully, Jana responded to my question about the instructions on Ravelry. My one modification… I didn’t carry the various colors up, as written, but I didn’t want to. Since I was using a gradient yarn, I wanted a different look.
As I got near the end, I wanted to add a darker color so I found this Madelinetosh in the Ristretto colorway, which brought some depth to the gradient at the end of the shawl.
All in all, I like how this wrap turned out. The colors in Sundara’s yarn are stunning and I loved knitting with them. My next big shawl, however, will be devoid of short rows!