Despertares Shawl (or Cowl): Kit of Tosh Merino Light + Glitter

Price: $53.00
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Clarice's original shawl.
Clarice's original shawl.

By Clarice Gomes, this Despertares Shawl really caught my eye.  

Please get your pattern directly from the designer on her Ravelry page here. What we have in the kit is yarn that will work beautifully to knit this. 

Note:  this pattern is charted only. 

However, if you really like the design and hate working from charts, there is also by Clarice Gomes a lovely Despertares Cowl, pattern to be found here, where the pattern is both charted and written and the overall look quite similar indeed.  

So choose your pattern preference; this kit will go perfectly with either. 

The Design

Here is what Clarice writes about the shawl:

Despertares Shawl has a gently curved shape. Wrap it around your shoulders: it will stay effortlessly on place and will give a special touch of elegance and comfort to your outfit.

Knitted with two colours, it demands only the right amount of concentration to keep the knitting interesting making it a good project to knit and relax at the end of the day.

The motifs of the shawl use only one colour that stands out, contrasting with the reverse stockinette background, where the two colours blend harmoniously.

You can decide on a gentle blocking, just enough to make the stems and buds pop, or an extreme blocking for a lighter texture.

Yarn and Colorways

We are not kitting this using the same yarns that the designer used in her original piece.  You can see our offerings in the inset photo on the top picture and again below that. Clarice's shawl is shown here so that you can get an idea of the design. 

Our yarn is from Madeline Tosh yarns, the new Tosh Merino Light + Glitter.  Each skein is 90% merino wool/ 8% acrylic/ 2% stellina, a fingering weight yarn with 420 yards (384m) per skein.  

Your kit will include one skein of each of these two: 

Beta Crucis is a  strikingly gorgeous colorway(in my oh-so-humble opinion).  It is a cool deep blend of purples and blues and greens, with some gold as a highlight and the overall look with the glittery stellina is truly awesome.

Matcha is a pale sage green with some gray and speckles of goldenrod, again with the silvery stellina.  This will contrast beautifully with Beta Circus.  

Despite the variegated aspect, both of these tend to look like tonals and will work together in this design most vibrantly. 

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