A few weeks ago, I saw Melissa‘s post on Instagram, showing off her first lace design, asking for test knitters. I volunteered to test it for her, and I’m so happy I did!
This knit up very quickly – just about a week from start to finish. One thing I enjoyed about the pattern was that it’s very open to customization. Melissa gives you suggestions on how many times to knit each chart, but you if you want a bigger shawl, you can knit each chart according to the size you want. I knit the fingering version, and the only modification I made (if you can even call it a modification) was to knit up to row 32 on chart C because I was running out of yarn.
Speaking of the yarn, let’s talk about these colors. The blue is Lion Brand Sock Ease that I purchased on clearance from a big craft store, probably Michaels. I wasn’t expecting much, and had planned to use the two skeins I bought for socks, but when I looked through my stash for this pattern, I kept coming back to this color. I was very surprised by this yarn. I really enjoyed working with it, and have no complaints. The contrast edging yarn is Muscadine Sock yarn from Springtree Road, in color Framboise. I had just under 200 yards left over from this pair of socks, and I’d been wondering what I could do with it. This project turned out to be the perfect match, and I think the color combination of the yarns is so dreamy. I only wish I’d had more! If you want to do a contrasting color edging, I’d make sure you have at least 300 yards of yarn for it. I got as far as I could (I was constantly weighing the yarn to see how much each row was taking), but had to stop 16 rows short of the end of chart C. I’m still happy with the way it turned out, and I’ve got about 19 yards of the framboise yarn to make a hexipuff or two!
Now, I’ll let the photos do the talking:
A big thanks to Melissa for letting me test knit this pattern! Sandhills is now available on Ravelry, Melissa’s Etsy shop, and you can also hang out in her Ravelry group where she’s hosting a holiday KAL, and you can enter to win a copy of Sandhills.
Happy weekend, and happy knitting!