If you’re a knitter, you probably don’t need me to tell you that Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co yarns are a must-have, selling out almost as soon as they arrive in the shop. Its a yarn I’ve never used before, and I was over the moon to be able to use it for a very special test knit I’ve been working away on recently.
The pattern in question is a beautiful crescent shawl by Apella Knits, called the Gizmo Shawl, featuring s a bit of geometric lace and lots of garter. It’s the perfect shawl to knit on in the evening, as it’s very straightforward and easy to get into a rhythm with, but it’s also got enough going on that you’re not just going to get bored.
It’s the first Apella Knits pattern I’ve used and Nele was lovely to work with, giving myself and the other testers a lot of support and advice. That being said, the pattern itself is very clear and once you see the design appearing, you can kind of just keep going without referring to the instructions too much. I’d say it’s a pretty quick knit overall, taking me about 3-4 weeks to finish. Like any crescent shawl, it dragged on a bit towards the end, as you have so many stitches per row, but that’s definitely not due to the design itself.
When I finished the shawl and cast off, I was a bit worried that i’d made a mistake, or my tension was way off, as it looked so scrunched up and a bit forlorn, however, once blocked, the stitches just bloomed and the designed opened out completely, leaving a lovely, drapey shawl which I love to wear.
The pattern recommends using Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co yarn, specifically the BFL Masham 4ply, in two colourways which were dyed especially for the test knit. I decided to go with the ‘Fern’ colourway, which is a mid, almost khaki shade of green.
It’s truly beautiful to work with. I was concerned that the rustic style of yarn would be a little scratch worn around the neck, but I haven’t found this to be the case at all. It has a nice halo to the stitches and creates a warm fabric which is brilliant to wear over a jacket in chilly weather.
I needed just over 1.5 skeins of the yarn for the pattern, using 3mm needles.
The only slight negative is that the dye transfers to your hands when you’re knitting, which makes me weary about wearing it over something white, but I think that’s to be expected from a naturally dyed, organic yarn, and it’s not something that bothers me personally.
I’ve loved working on this shawl, and I’m so happy to have created something I know I’ll love and wear for a long time. After all, when we’ve spent so long on a knitting project, we all want to make sure the finished product is something to be cherished and used. I don’t think I have anything to worry about in this case!
CLICK HERE for the pattern on Ravelry.