Continuous Crochet: Behind the Designs: Sorrento Sunset Shawl
Being a designer for more than a decade, I love seeing how many different ways I have come up with designs over the years. This one in particular has a long timeline of a story. More than 4 years ago, I designed the stitch pattern for this shawl when I was sampling my first skein of yarn for Kristin Omdahl Yarns. It didn't pan out for a project at that time, but I was so happy with the textured results that it got pinned on my corkboard (and still remains there today). When I was sourcing yarns for Continuous Crochet, I consulted with Knitting Rose Yarns because the artist-owner dyed in gradients. I asked her if she had a fiery sunset gradient colorway. Instead of just telling me no, she said no BUT it sounded like a colorway she would enjoy making and made it for me! I received the first two skeins ever made to crochet this beautiful shawl. The colorway is called Malificent's Fire and it is available from Knitting Rose Yarns.
I love this story. I knew the stitch pattern had merit and that's why it was kept even if it didn't work right away. I have since converted this textured lace stitch into a knit lace shawl pattern as well. I'm a sucker for a chevron wave anyway, but there is something about the elongated stitch stripes offset with the concentration of shorter, denser stitches that just makes my heart sing.