Some of you may remember the Crocus Bud shawl I crocheted last summer from Malabrigo’s Lace yarn. At the time, I really liked the yarn- after all who wouldn’t like baby merino wool for its lovely soft feel? The shawl was great as it went with most of my summer clothes, but after a lot of wear, unfortunately the shawl started to felt. It has shrank quite a bit, it is now a lot narrower than it used to be and the lace work is no longer very open.
So for this summer I thought I’ll have another go at Crocus Bud, but this time I decided to pick a yarn that is guaranteed not to felt. In the Unravel knitting fair I found Natural Dye Company’s lace weight yarn that is 100% silk and therefore perfect for my purpose.
I chose pink although it can be bit of a hit-and-miss colour – I don’t like very girlie pinks as they can be very twee or overly feminine. Pink nevertheless is a colour that happens to suit my pale North European complexion (I’m sure it was my mum who described the colour of my face as “pale gray”, not to insult me of course, I think it was just a plain observation to encourage me to buy a nice pretty red top instead of the usual black I was so into as a teenager. Anyway, I digress….). The pink of my silk yarn has a cool undertone I particularly like. It makes it a rather sophisticated grown-up kind of pink rather than a baby girl pink so it’s a good colour from that point of view too.
In its simplicity the Crocus Bud is a great shawl pattern because for very little mental effort you get a nice and interesting texture which nevertheless allows the yarn and the colour to take a centre stage. It’s not a pattern for those enviable knitters and crocheters who want a complex lace design to challenge them, rather it is an incredibly easy, repetitive pattern which makes it ideal for evenings when you’re too tired to think or want something to work on while watching the telly.