I have a couple of finished pieces to show off, but only one with photos so far.
This is Marin, which came out really well. I used fingering-weight yarn instead of sport-weight yarn, so it’s a bit smaller than intended for the pattern, but it’s still a nice size.
Because of the garter stitch and the short rows, it looks very small before it’s blocked. I should have taken measurements before and after, just for fun.
I really like the shape and the clever design. It’s totally reversible, so you don’t need to worry about which side is the right side. I would seriously consider making another one, using DK or even worsted-weight yarn for a larger shawl.
As I mentioned in my previous Marin post, I found the instructions a bit difficult to follow, and ended up charting the points and rewriting the pattern a bit differently for my own use. The original pattern is 6 pages, and does include charts (plus complete written instructions), but the charts are just for the scalloped edging. Because of the short rows, it’s not really something that can be completely charted out in full. Whether you’re using the charts or the written directions for the charts, you have to jump back and forth between pages a bit to follow the body instructions and then the chart – so even if you use just the written instructions, it’s still not a line-by-line pattern.
However, the actual knitting of it is not difficult. Once you figure out how it goes together, you really don’t even need to look at either the instructions or the charts for long stretches of knitting. Once I got past the first repeat, the rest pretty much flew. If you like the design, don’t be put off by any pattern complaints and give it a try. Just take it a little at a time.
Pattern: Marin by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: madelinetosh tosh merino light, 1 skein
Needles: US 5/3.75mm
Modifications: When doing the M1s, I did either a make-one-knit or make-one-purl, depending on whether the stitch would normally be a knit or purl.