Choosing Yarn for the Stora Dimun Shawl

By Yvonne and Anna

In just one week, we’ll be casting on for an exciting and ambitious KAL, the Stora Dimun Shawl from the book Folk Shawls.  Read about the details here.

Have you chosen your yarn yet? The pattern calls for approximately 1125 yards of sportweight or DK yarn. In our newsletter, we suggested these yarns:

  • Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport (7 balls)
  • Louet Gems Sport (5 skeins)
  • Malabrigo Silky Merino (8 skeins)
  • O Wool Legacy (4 skeins)
  • Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (8 skeins)

Choosing a yarn for this project is somewhat daunting.  You’ve got a lot of knitting ahead of you, so you want to make sure it’s something you’re going to like.  Love alpaca?  The warmth and softness of the Blue Sky Alpaca makes it a wonderful choice; however, if you get bored with solid hues, you’ll want to choose something that offers you variety, either in a tone-on-tone or variegated colorway.

Cost is also a consideration.  The Malabrigo Silky Merino is currently priced at $9.20/skein, bringing your total to $73.60.  If you’re looking for something more economical, the Nature Spun Sport weighs in at $3.80/skein, or $26.60 for the project.  Three skeins of the Ultra Alpaca Fine sock yarn will cost $30, at just $10/skein.

Additionally, you’ll want something that is going to be able to be blocked, so that the lace patterning shows.  While we love our Ruca and the Duke Silk yarns, their incredible drape is going to work against this pattern and you’ll lose the lace details in the glory of the yarn.

Finally, make sure you choose something you like and that you’ll want to wear.  What good is it to knit a shawl out of a great bargain yarn, only to hate the end product so much that you chuck it into the drawer and never pull it out to wear, even in a dark movie theatre?   We know it all comes down to personal preference, but we’re here to help guide you to a yarn that fits your budget, feels good, and is something you’ll enjoy.

The wingspan of the finished shawl is serious business, measuring 86″. If you’d like to make it into a shawlette, substitute the same yardage of sock or fingering weight yarn and go down a needle size. One of our customers, for example, is going to use Dream in Color Smooshy. We think this would look stunning in Malabrigo Sock or Dream in Color Starry. Another amazing choice is Noro Silk Garden Sock, currently on clearance for 20% off.

We can’t wait to cast on with you!

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One Response to Choosing Yarn for the Stora Dimun Shawl

  1. Steven A. says:

    Is there going to be a cast on time on monday? i think we could all use some knitterly strength for that epic cast on.


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