Plum crazy about this thing!

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I'm so happy with this project. I've had in mind a two-tone shawl with this yarn from the moment I unwrapped it nearly a year-and-a-half ago. I've been perusing, pondering, and printing possible patterns ever since...

Within 30 minutes of this shawl appearing on my radar, I'd not only read about and purchased the pattern, but had cast on as well!

  • Cerasifera Shawl by Kirsten Kapur with modification to the ribbed edging *
  • Sundara Hand-dyed 100% Superwash Merino Wool Yarn; approx. 370 yards "Calla Lily" + approx. 250 yards "Ochre Over Lime" *
  • Size US 7 needle (straights throughout, employing a 3rd as needed)
  • Began June 20, 2011 and finished July 4, 2011
  • Dimensions: 55" tip-to-tip wingspan, 22" neck to edge at middle
  • Rav'd here

Kirsten is hosting a Summer Shawl Knit-Along and has a number of beautiful shawl patterns to choose from, should you be so inclined to knit along.

Cast on now and finish by September 23rd -- plenty of time -- and not only have a lovely shawl for fall (or a start on Christmas knitting!) but a chance at prizes in the end.

* Yarn & Edging Details. I began with three balls of yarn -- two in the “Calla Lily” color that were each about 185 yards/50g, and one in the “Ochre Over Lime” that was about 350 yards/100g. (Please note that I did not measure or weigh before I began, so don't know the accuracy of the stated yardage/weight.)

It just happened to work out that I used nearly all of the first ball of “Calla Lily” for the openwork/body part of the shawl and most of the second ball for the Cerasifera lace section. The yarns were the same colorway, but the second ball was a bit darker and I was thrilled that it worked out this way. Measuring the leftovers of both balls, there is a total of 12g left (cautiously translating to about 40 yards total).

I had plenty of the “Ochre Over Lime” colorway when I began the Ribbed Edging section -- enough to play! I loved the ribbed edging -- it's one of the design features that appealed to me most -- and decided to riff on that a bit. It took a couple of tries, but I ended up knitting the K2,P2 edging as written for a few rows and then knitting another increase row, basically doubling the number of stitches, to knit the rest of the edging. I didn't want a crazy ruffle, but the increased number of stitches definitely gives it some movement at the bottom and a lovely softness. This is 36g/approx. 125 yards left, so my rough calculations tell me I used about 225 yards for the edge.



amanda {the habit of being}

gorgeous! love the way the two colorways work together so well.


Beautiful, Vicki! You put two fabulous yarns together in such a happy way.


It's so pretty...looks like it could be part of a beautiful garden!

Jocelyn Grayson

DD (13) walked by and said "Oh, that looks like your Sundara yarn!Makes me sorry I knit up that colorway into socks years ago. It's just beautiful.


Heck, you'd be crazy NOT to be crazy about that shawl, it is GOR-GEOUS. Well done! :)


That's so gorgeous, Vicki! The colors are stunning and I love it! Wear it well.


So beautiful! Love those colors together -- they're simply . . . perfect.


I'm plum crazy about it, too! Super color combo -- of the interpretations on Rav so far, yours is the most beautiful by far. It's that photographer's eye, I think. :D


I saw this pattern when it was introduced and it fell under the 'nice' category. (sigh) You have made me drool and rethink that I might need to knit this. Soon. Your color choices are spectacular.

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