When I decided to knit my mom a shawl for Mother’s Day I had no specific pattern in mind–which conveniently allowed me to relish making good use of the pattern search tool on Ravelry. After a little exploring I narrowed it down to a few shawls and ultimately decided on the Hollows Shawl by mandarine’s. While I had not previously knit a pattern by this author I was drawn to the simple ebb and flow design and felt strongly that my mom would enjoy this tranquil shawl.
I believed a soft color would be best for Hollows, and it occurred to me that I had not yet knit my mom anything in baby blue–though it is one of her favorite colors. I quickly headed straight over to the Quince and Co website, feeling confident they would carry the shade I had in mind in their Finch fingering weight yarn. I was right!
The colorway is called “Stream,” but to me it’s appearance is more reminiscent of a cloud-and-sky soup on a less than vibrant day. It’s a lovely subdued shade that complements the calmness of the design, and vice versa.
The simplicity of the pattern combined with its graceful eyelets and wavy lines (created by knitting short rows) seemed somewhat in contrast with the jagged picot edging called for in the instructions. I’m not a fan of picot, not to mention the work it requires as a bind off, and I also suspected my mom would not care for it either. Therefore I left it out and worked a simple bind off instead at the last eyelet-completing row (see below).
I’m very happy with the results, and now that my mom has seen it I can proudly report that she is delighted with her Hollows shawl. Happy (early) Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!