If you are looking for something quick, easy, and beautiful to knit as a christmas present then the Pebble beach shawl from curioushandmade is FOR YOU ! the shawl was finished in a week or so and I believe that some fast knitter can finish this beauty in less time than that.
I chose to knit pebble with a speckled dyed yarn from skeinyan (Teen Angus). I used skein BFL socks yarn, fingering weight (400m) . I preferred to used 4.5 mm needle size than a 4 mm to give more drape to the shawl, but this was a gamble… because the pattern called for 400 m with a 4 mm needle so using my 4.5 mm may put me in the red in terms of yarn availability …
I have to say that I was not sure how a speckled yarn and a lacy shawl will behave together …. I always thought that a heavy decorated yarn should be married with a simple pattern and not a heavy decorated one like a lacy shawl! but the design of pebble has something simple about it so I gave this “strange” combination a try.
As the shawl was growing, the colours of the speckled yarn got alive and gave me the feeling of sweetness, cake and ice-cream!
As I was knitting, I worried about not being able to finish the shawl… so I weigh the yarn and had an estimate of how much I have. According to my high-tech calculation I had enough…. Yes I did have enough for the shawl and the picot bind off.
I changed the picot bind off and used the *CO3 sts, (Knit 2 together (Back loop) place st back on left needle)x6* repeat from * to the end. It worked just fine !
Et VOILA ! the pretty sweet pebble ! I am in love with this shawl ! it is an easy pattern to follow, it is not a charted pattern, the pattern is step by step written table with the number sts given at each row. It is clear and perfect way for beginners to knit up a lacy finished object!
I am currently knitting another one with a british dyed yarn from Countess Ablaze !
I decided to make a hand dyed pebble map ! What do I mean by that! well, I would like to make one pebble from one hand dyed yarn from as many country as I can in the world !!! I have Australia with Skeinyarn, I am currently working on The UK at the moment with Countess Ablaze so I missing …… a lot of countries! so if you have any recommendations ??? Please let me know :) !
When knitting pebble I was inspired by the by the beautiful cake by Katherine Sabbath. You should follow this clever lady on Instagram, she will make you dream for colours and sweetness !