The second reason I love this shape is that it has lots of yummy garter stitch. I love garter stitch. It's relaxing, it's fast and it blocks out beautifully and you don't have to worry about the right and wrong side of the shawl.
The final thing I love about this shawl is the beaded picot cast off. I've used this cast off before and I really think it's an effective edging when you don't want anything too fancy. Everyone who's seen me wear my Mar Menor shawl (which has the same cast off) loves it and the miracle beads definitely makes it much more exciting. By the way, miracle beads can be quite expensive in high street bead shops so my favourite supplier is Frampton Beads (much cheaper).
On the Merino Plus version I used two different colours of green to complement the colours in the yarn.
The hot pink version, which is incredibly difficult to photograph - the colour is incredibly bright and I love it - is Araucania Botany Lace which comes in semi-solids and variegated colours. This yarn is gorgeous to knit with. So smooth and silky feeling. One of my sample knitters thought it contained silk but it's 100% merino.
This shawl took me about 13 hrs to knit so you can still knit at least one of these as a Christmas present. I'm doing a special offer for this pattern over on my Facebook page but the offer is only valid this weekend. So hop on over there and Like my page to take advantage of the discount! There'll be more special offers there over the coming weeks.
I'm off to teach 'Steeking' at Purlescence tomorrow. I think there are still a couple of spaces so if you want to join us, book now! It's their open day too so plenty of chance to browse their gorgeous goodies and Easyknits will be their special guest. Why not pick up a special skein for the Calypso pattern?
Have a lovely weekend x