When I took this shawl to TNNA it was fresh off of the blocking board. It didn’t have a name and the tag simply said “New Shawl”. It is such a big shawl that I didn’t really have room in my booth to display it properly but luckily the wonderful dyer who provided me the yarn was happy to display it in her booth. While it was hanging out in The Fiber Seed booth it caught someone’s attention.
When I saw this pop up in my Instagram feed I think I laughed out loud! If you do not know, Lisa Schroyer is the Editorial Director of Knit & Fiber for Interweave. It made me ridiculously happy to find out that someone liked my crazy new shawl. I also figured it served me right for bringing an unnamed shawl to the biggest knitting trade show in the US. LOL
Coming home from TNNA putting the finishing touches on this shawl pattern was my number one goal and now it is here for everyone! After trying on several different names the one that ended up fitting best was Fun Run! The impetus behind this design was the festive color combination of Funfetti (an aqua/white/multicolor speckle yarn) and Chartreuse. I had color samples from The Fiber Seed and was swatching for something else entirely when the idea for this shawl hit me. Because this color combination is so crazy I wanted to keep the overall design of the shawl simple. Really, this is a shawl to let your colors shine through.
It begins at the bottom and grows upwards from there. The shaping is very straightforward and you use stitch markers to mark the placement of the asymmetrical ladders of lace. I contemplated using dropped stitches but they just didn’t work. The technique I used is double yarn overs and this twists the two strands to form a single bar for each stripe. With dropped stitches you would have a length of yarn for every row which adds up to 2 strands per stripe – which makes the ladder less open. When combined with the busyness of the yarn the dropped stitches kind of disappeared. The lace opened up the holes and gave the ladders a bold vertical presence in the shawl.
The simple construction of the shawl makes it easy to alter to suit your whim. The Fiber Seed provides a generous 510 yards per skein so in the end you have an enormous shawl. If you would like something a little smaller you simply need to end earlier. If you want to go big you can just keep on knitting in pattern and add additional ladders. Whatever you choose, make sure to keep this project with you because it is super easy to knit anywhere.
So what colors do you think you’ll use for your Fun Run?