An absolutely gorgeous shawl by Lyudmila Aksenik, this Peacock Feather Shawl kit was a long time in coming.
I first saw the design last January and it really really appealed to me. I asked Carolyn (Rav name: Knitting Amazon) if she would be willing to knit it up for us and test out the pattern. My reservations were simply that the designer's native tongue is Russian and I wanted to be sure it all came together well.
Long story short, it took a lot of revisions and new translations and at last in October Carolyn was able to start knitting this beauty. And I am delighted to report that she found it very well-written (I quote her here): "The pattern is perfect now. Super easy to follow."
Make sure to get your copy of the pattern from the designer's Ravelry page here. What we've put together is yarn to knit it in.
Here is how Lyudmila describes it:
Peacock Feather is a triangular asymmetric shawl, starting from the top right corner. It is shaped with a centered double decrease along the ‘spine’ and first symmetric increases at both ends of the row until you reach the maximum depth, and after that decreases at the left edge and increases at the right edge.
The Yarn and Colorways
Our kit is not an exact match to the original yarns that Lyudmila used. The first yarn is the same, though a different colorway. The almost-solid is a different one but one that works very well.
All the photos you see here are of the piece that Carolyn knit with these exact yarns.
1. I followed the designer's lead and went with a beautiful colorway in Zauberball Starke 6. This yarn is 75% wool/ 25% nylon with 437 yards (400m)/ 150g.
The colorway is called Gartenparty, and has long color runs of gorgeous flower colors including yellow, aqua, violet, fuchsia amd charocal among others.
2. To match it in an almost-solid colorway I wanted a yarn that had similar weight and found Ella Rae DK, with 100% merino, 302 yards/100g. The colorway is called Purple Dust and has very subtle variations of lilac.
One skein of each will make up each kit.
Knitting this, Carolyn had about half of the Elle Rae skein left and about 35 grams of the Zauberball left.
This will give you a shawl with finished dimensions of 56" across the top, 40" down the bound off edge (left side), and 33.5" along the other side.