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Sand and Sea ShawletteLooking for a pretty beach coverup that doubles as a perfect accessory for a night out?  The Sand and Sea Shawlette (available in the gorgeous Coastal Knits book through Sage Yarn) by Alana Dakos is the perfect fit!  Rather than the typical beachy colors, I went for a more dramatic shade for the body of the shawl, and a fun, bright multicolor on the edge.

The pattern features short row shaping and a simple feather and fan lace edging, written out row by row to make tracking progress a cinch!  I love the little bit of garter stitch tossed in with the lace — the bi-colored stitches are so cheerful and funky.  The real star of this sample is the yarn, however — Autumn Wind, a cotton and cashmere dk weight from Lotus Yarns (the manufacturer behind Mimi, that amazing Mink yarn we love).  The solids and hand dyed shades are color coordinated, and the cashmere content made knitting with cotton a total pleasure.  The result is a shawl that’s warm without being heavy, and beautifully draped!

I’ll be binding off soon, and the pattern indicates to do so very loosely.  I have trouble altering my natural tension, so I plan to go up at least 2 or 3 needle sizes to make things easier.  What bind off tricks do you use?

Project Details:Autumn Wind
: Sand and Sea Shawlette, designed by Alana Dakos
Size: Shawlette measures 48″ long and 12″ deep
Yarn: Choose your own adventure!  The pattern is written for lace or fingering, but this sample used dk.
Needles: Size 6 (4 mm) circulars, at least 32″ long