Now, I’m not really a shawl sort of person but when I spotted this pattern, I knew I had to make it. I immediately pictured it in a lighter weight yarn – something delicate and floaty, perfect for all the weddings and garden parties I’m likely to be invited to this spring and summer – yeah right, I can dream though….
Anyhow, on with the nitty-gritty…
Pattern: Armorique by Eclat Du Soleil (available for purchase here)
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze (25g) x 2
About the pattern
This is a lovely pattern – impressively well written, easy to follow and with photographs detailing each step. I wholeheartedly recommend it. My one bugbear is that there’s no gauge given so I was unable to crochet up a swatch beforehand to see how my yarn substitution would work up size-wise. As a result, I think my shawl is a bit on the small side – I could have done with going up a couple of hook sizes. I guess I could have solved this by adding in a couple of extra rows to the main body of the shawl but I was running out of yarn at the time and didn’t want to have to splash out on another ball…so I’ll content myself with a shawlette, rather than the originally intended shawl…
About the yarn
As mentioned above, I needed to find a substitute yarn as the specified yarns are not readily available in the UK. I settled on Rowan Kidsilk Haze as I wanted something soft and non-prickly that could be worn next to the skin and I also love the colours it comes in. I thought this green was just right for spring. However, if I make this again, I think I’ll go for a less ‘hairy’ yarn so that there’s greater stitch definition – it’s such a gorgeous stitch pattern that it deserves to be highlighted. Something silky would look spectacular and would, in my opinion, transform the shawl from “garden party’ to evening wear. Imagine it in red silk over a little black dress… it would certainly have va va voom!
Right, now I just need to find a garden party to wear this to….