Once in a while, a pattern comes along that blows your mind. It sticks in your brain, and it doesn’t get buried in your Ravelry queue like the 300 other projects you have listed there (I have a problem, I know). It’s a pattern that you’re positively yearning to knit because it’s gorgeous, impressive and wearable. For me, this is Sweet Dreams by Boo Knits.

I first saw it in the Yarn Culture booth at Clara Parkes’ Knitter’s Review Retreat marketplace, and it’s been lurking in my knitting dreams ever since. This fabulous shawlette was delicate, had amazing wingspan and only required 420 yards. I was smitten.

When I learned that beads are an option, that was it. I cast on, and it’s about 90% done. Last week I discovered this lovely specimen knitted out of Knitcircus yarn and faced facts – there’s another one in my future. Behold:

blackplanet Sweet Dreams shawl

Raveler blackplanet knitted this one out of a 100g gradient cake of Greatest of Ease in the colorway Brass and Steam. Happy news: Sweet Dreams can be easily modified to be made bigger, so you could also grab a 150g cake and knit an extra repeat or two for a larger shawl.

blackplanet Sweet Dreams shawl3

I love me a great blocking photo, and this one clearly lives up to the “thuggish blocking” Boo Knits recommends. The points of the edging are just magical.

blackplanet Sweet Dreams shawl2

This shawl has staggering wingspan for the 420 yd yarn requirement. I’m used to shawlettes being a little wimpy and barely covering my shoulders, much less staying put. This one defies the trend.

It’s a sophisticated design that can dress up a more basic outfit and lend a little glamour. The icing on the cake are its well-placed beads and its extremely satisfying picot edge. Cast on with our merino/cashmere/nylon blend, Lavish, and you’ll be stealing the show with this shawl tossed around your shoulders.

Update: I’ve caved, and I’m casting on another one in our Pick A Gradient Shawl KAL on Ravelry that I’m hosting in August. Join me in the KAL for a chance to win Knitcircus prizes!

Happy knitting,




July 19, 2016 by Knitcircus

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