Cameo Shawl

Cameo Shawl is an elegant shawl designed by Paulina Popiolek. This shawl was on my wish/to do list for ages. It is a beautiful shawl that I really enjoyed knitting.

Cameo Shawl

I chose 2 colours of Hand Dyed Merino 4ply sock yarn. The first yarn is a gorgeous rich purple/mauve colour and the second contrasting yarn is a soft rust/violet colour combination.

I chose to use 4mm needles rather than the 3.75mm needles. When I knit the swatch using the smaller size needle I found I couldn’t get the tension I needed so used a larger sized needle instead.

Cameo Shawl

This is a slightly asymmetric shawl which is a lovely shape for wearing.

Because I used larger needles this meant that the purple/mauve semi-solid hand dyed merino didn’t quite last… yep… I ran out… so I didn’t have as many stripes in the striped section as I should have.

Cameo Shawl

Instead of 22 contrast colour stripes I had 19 contrast colour stripes. At this point I had 210 stitches on the needle. So I made the decision to knit a section of contrast colour until I had enough stitches for the lace border pattern. The border needed to be divisible by 8 plus 4. So I continued working the 4 row repeat for the main body until I had 228 stitches.

Cameo Shawl

I worked the lace border using the contrast colour as written in the pattern. I finished by knitting 8 rows of garter stitch before casting off.

Cameo Shawl

I opted for a stretchy cast off rather than a picot cast off. I like this cast off and have used it for several other shawls that I have knit. It gives a lovely edge.

Stretchy Cast Off

  • knit 2 stitches together through the back loops.
  • slip the single stitch that is on the right needle to the left needle by slipping it purl wise.
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 across the whole row until all the stitches are cast off.

Cameo Shawl

I tweaked the pattern to work with my needle choice and hand dyed yarns. Loved knitting the stripes and how the colours looked together. They are particularly effective on the diagonal.

Cameo Shawl

I really enjoyed knitting this pattern. Love the beautiful colour combination. It was a relatively speedy project to knit. It is beautiful, stylish and effective.

Cameo Shawl

 

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