Phew. This glorious knitted delicious monster of a shawl is finished, and I love it. It’s Dotted Rays by Stephen West.

I opted to make the larger size and used slightly more yarn than specified by the pattern (more like 1,400 yards). I had gauge, so I’m not sure why I needed extra yardage. At first I was attributing the need to my desire to start color changing at the beginnings of rows and not using the full yardage of the first two colors due to that, but that only accounts for maybe under 20 grams of yarn because I used as much as I could. Either way, I ended up using a little more of the Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Bermuda Teal. What’s a little extra cozy cashmere?

The colors in order of knitting were Knerd String fingering in Julep (the lightest color), Koigu KPPPM in P841, and Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Bermuda Teal. When it came to striping I was not able to transition colors only at the beginning and ending of short row sections. I wanted as much of each color as I could use, so I knitted with each until it was apparent I would run out on the next row if I didn’t stop using it.

The pattern is easy to follow and execute. With a shawl this large I’m grateful that there were stitch counts provided often so I could see when I got off track (because I did) and correct things before the next section. When wearing it I also love how the finished i-cord edge hugs my shoulders and keeps things in place more than a garter edging would. That makes the seemingly endless i-cord finishing more bearable.

I think this is traveling to Rhinebeck with me later this week! I hope to see some of you there! Now I’d better get back to the So Faded I plan on wearing there too…

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