Yes, I’m still languishing in the warmth and sunshine that is Italy. Well, not really, but I can always dream! I think my little “italian daydream” might have something to do with the wretchedly cold, damp spring we have had here on the west coast of Canada. But I think that I have the perfect summer knitting project for you.
This time I am visiting orchards in the lush italian countryside and that is where I found my inspiration for the Frutteto Shawl. A slim branch of ripe figs or plums and the leafy foliage of the orchard trees just came to life for me in this colorway. The yarn is Wollmeise Pure Merino and the skein is a we’re different colorway. I ordered two skeins of “we’re different” from the website having no idea what I was going to get other than semi-solid. Both skeins were absolutely gorgeous. I’ve already ordered another 2 skeins! I love the yardage you have to play with in these super-sized 150 gram skeins.
Frutteto Shawl is another slightly asymmetrical design that has it’s start at one wingtip and is worked across to the other side very simply. Such easy knitting, this one. It begins with the branch of fruit (or leaf motif, if you prefer) winding down one side of the shawl on a bed of reverse stocking stitch. This section may be adjusted in length before progressing into the leafy lace border. The pattern is very easily adaptable to the size desired and the yarn quantity available. I have made 3 of them now, all different sizes. Have a look at my project pages on Ravelry to get an idea of sizing and yardage used – Casbah Sock version, Indigodragonfly version and Wollmeise version.
It’s quite versatile, I came up with a few different ways to wear it.
If you’d like to visit Italy with me, I think this design would make the perfect summer and/or holiday knitting. The first section has scads of mindless knitting, even the little fruit motif is easy to memorize. The lace border is an interesting texture but very simple and easy to knit. Not a lot of concentration required, perfect for summer knitting, I think.