At last, my Orchid Thief shawl is finished and ready to share! The simple diamond lace pattern surrounded by trios of leaves was so much fun to knit — the different patterns keep things fun and interesting. I’ve had this pattern in my queue for a long time, and with the addition of Weston Hill Farm’s Cottage Spun Sport to the Sage lineup, I finally found my yarn!
This yarn is so gorgeous in both its dyed and undyed states. The Testos of Weston Hill raise and shear their own sheep, then send the fleece to a local mill for processing. It’s so satisfying to knit with a yarn that has so much time, energy, and careful consideration poured into it — I swear, you really can feel the love in each skein! The gorgeous, wooly texture creates a truly stunning shawl, and the slightly heavier sport weight yarn makes for a warm and cozy finished piece. Tomorrow may be the official start of summer, but I’m already envisioning adding this shawl to my fall wardrobe!
Pattern: Orchid Thief by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Cottage Spun Sport from Weston Hill Farm
Needles: Size 6 32″ circulars
Size: One size; approximately 40″ wide x 20″ deep after blocking
Special Notes: This pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, but shawls are a great place to experiment with gauge and fabric! I used sport weight for a warmer, more substantial shawl.