I love working with bulky yarn. I think chunky things are so cozy and I think big fat stitches are adorable. Plus there's the added bonus that whatever your knitting feels like it knits up at warp speed. Especially if you've been working with finer yarn for a long time.
I've been working a very complex sock for a long time and haven't even turned the heel on the first sock yet. *sigh*. When Irina Heemann asked for testers for her Bulky Rhombus Shawl Shoulderette, I jumped at the opportunity. I mean, a whole shawl in less than 200 yards of yarn?! Perfect relief from sock-knitting hell. In three short evenings I had produced this:
Beautiful, no? The pattern is basically just a chart, there's not much written instruction at all. That being said, I found the chart very easy to follow (all wrong side rows are purled straight across.) We testers did find a few errors in the chart, but hopefully this means they've been cleared up for all future comers.
The pattern, as written, doesn't have the pointy edge around it. That was my own addition. I was worried that the edges would curl under, even after blocking, if I left them "raw" so I crocheted the peaked border on after I finished the knitting. I used this Triangular Edging which worked like a charm. I didn't do any calculations before hand (dangerous!) I just started in one corner and it just happened to "fit" the shawl perfectly.
I used some Knit Picks Swish Bulky left over from this monstrous blanket. The colorway is called Hawk. I think it's the perfect neutral grey to go with my black winter jacket without clashing with any of my clothes. I've said before how much I love this yarn, but I'll reiterate again that it's so plump and soft and smooshy and one-hundred-percent pleasant to work with. It does pill a little, it's merino, buy a sweater stone, get over it. (Also, it's superwash. If you make a garment with it and you put it through the washer, it will come out huge. Instead of freaking out, throw it in the dryer for 30 minutes. It will pop back into shape just fine. Have faith. Throw it in the dryer!)
I love the magic of blocking. Here it is just off the needles/hook:
And here it is stretched out tight to block:
It went from a bunchy ugly mess to the lovely flowy drapy shawlette you see modeled above. Blocking = Magic. Have you blocked anything lately?