- Nothing too fussy looking
- Have to lightweight
- Easy to maintain and care for
- Keeps warm
- Soft and snuggly next to the skin
Now, that's quite a bit of requirements. But certainly reasonable.
For lightweightedness, I would have gone for mohair but with the easy care and maintenance requirement, this is dropped from the selection list.
Similarly, cotton and silk would not have quite made the cut too for the warmth factor. Nor bulky wool since she wanted lightweight elegance.
We finally narrowed down to a 4ply merino wool -- totally soft and divine, yet holds its shape well and is easy to maintain. [We at The Handiworks, view easy care and maintenance as minimum qualifying criteria -- no one here likes doing laundry. Much less hand wash...]
Obviously, Gina also agrees.
Once the shawl is completed, it will still need a proper blocking.
The stitch definition for this merino wool is totally awesome and I just love how the grey looks very stylish chic, yet muted for the under-the-radar look.
And the pattern is a simple 4 row repeat that commits itself very well to memory.
If you want proof why customers keep flocking to us, this is it... sophisticated chic knits, knit simply! Sharing is sexy