Pattern Spotlight- Authenticity by Sylvia McFadden

As it usually happens, it’s our customers who inspire our excitement for new projects (aka- who we like to blame for all these projects we keep starting!), and this was definitely the case with the Authenticity shawl. The minute the pattern was pulled out we all began to drool over it. The squishy lace, that color, a big garter stitch border, it was all calling to me.

my swanklet

I got yarn that day, three skeins of Malabrigo Rios in Frank Ochre.

Knitting Authenticity was a dream. It was just what I needed, and I knit it all over the place– school carpool line, in bed, at the creek. I enjoyed the knitting so much that I wasn’t really keeping track of how many repeats I was doing. I just kept knitting and knitting and eventually realized there was no way I would have enough yarn for the border. I could have ripped back, but that’s really no fun. I grabbed a fourth skein and started the border in the middle of a repeat.

It turned out huge, seriously huge. And after blocking, it got even bigger. I did only stream blocked it so that I could keep some of the texture.

I think you would call mine a swanklet.  That’s a word, right?

The size ended up being kind of perfect. I’ve wrapped myself in it all winter long, and now that spring is almost here (despite this weekend’s impending snow), I see myself using it in place of a sweater.

Amy’s in Rios Purple Mystery

We’ve had almost a dozen of these shawls pass through the shop in the past few weeks, and each of them has been gorgeous. Most knitters are using Malabrigo Rios. It is just so squishy, and the colors are so vibrant. Amy also used Rios, but she opted for 3 skeins and did a smaller garter stitch border. That’s another great part about this shawl, you can do more or less repeats than it calls for. You can knit that garter stitch border for inches and inches, or if garter stitch isn’t your thing, you can just do a few rows. Sandy has knit two, one in Rios and one with lace weight yarn and #5 needles.

Pattern Details:

Authenticity by Sylvia McFadden, available on Ravelry. You can also purchase and download the pattern at Knitorious.

Yarn: approximately 550 yards of worsted weight yarn.

Yarn Suggestions: Malabrigo Rios, Berroco Vintage, Cumbria Worsted, or Berroco Modern Cotton

Needles: US #9 needles

Ann’s super wooly Authenticity.

Kara’s in MadTosh DK