A heavy aran weight yarn, like the one used in the cardi definitely presents the stitch pattern to it's best advantage. However, a shawl in aran weight seems too heavy to me. I do not want to knit a blanket ;-)) I thought the DK weight should work nicely. I really wanted to use something from my stash, but I did not have a suitable DK yarn available. I have tried the pattern on 4 ply and knitted it with 1 or 2 strands, but I did not love the results. I could not let go if the idea of the shawl and decided to order something. I choose Maiko by Noro, a DK weight yarn. While the yarn is lovely, soft and a little silky, the pattern looked lost to me on the sample I have knitted.
I have turned to my stash once again and this time tried Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport, 5ply sport weight.
The resulting knitted fabric was quite lovely, but the yarn is a tiny bit itchy for me for something that is going to be worn around the neck and I also was looking for a little more depth and variation in the color.
I have decided to order again ;-)) After much search on Ravelry for appropriate DK yarn, I ordered Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino, DK weight yarn. I love this yarn. It is very soft and the color variation is just what I was looking for. I started knitting my shawl and I loved how the stitch pattern was coming out with this yarn.
It took some time and some sample knitting, but I am happy with the way my new shawl is coming out. I have called my new design : "Fly me to the moon". You can find my project on Ravelry and read more why I choose this name for my shawl :)))
I had very little time to knit or to blog since the summer started, but I hope to finish the shawl this weekend ;-))