red freckles

sometimes I get the bright idea of making a new dress or shawl, sometimes both, right before a wedding. doesn’t matter how long ahead of time I know about the wedding, I usually don’t end up starting until I only have a few days to work. nevermind I had to print out almost 70 pages of a pdf sewing pattern (am I the only one that hates these and will never buy one again?). I honestly thought I had a few hours of sewing to do, so it would be no big deal, and then I would have a week to knit a simple shawl. let’s just say the shawl never got to make its debut. it would have matched the dress fabric (it’s a plus voile from cloud9) so perfectly. at least I get to show it to you now.


this is the red freckles shawl by designs by romi. as soon as I saw it I had to cast on (I totally used the dress as an excuse). garter stitch? stripes? a little bit of lace? totally in my wheelhouse. and something you’ll see a ton of this summer if my queue and faves are any clue.


I’ve been holding on to these two skeins of tosh merino light in coquette and thunderstorm since last spring. I think the punk vibe of the blue charcoal and the fuchsia helps take some of the sweetness off the lace. unfortunately one skein of the coquette wasn’t enough. I had to run out to my lys to pick up a unicorn tail for the last 18 rows of the lace chart. thankfully I was able to find one that matched exactly.


I was worried my shawl was going to be too small since I never got anywhere near gauge. mine’s more like 18st/4″ compared to the pattern’s 15sts/4″. I finally found someone that knits even looser than me! or maybe I just need to block a little more severely. for wearing it like a scarf it’s pretty perfect. this was pretty straightforward knitting, except I never read the notes about the short rows. I ended up knitting more stitches between wraps than the pattern meant, so I ran out of stitches on the last couple of rows. I just fudged the stitch counts at the end and moved on with my life. the knitted on edging felt never-ending at times, but it’s so worth it in the end.


yarn: madelinetosh tosh merino light, coquette and thunderstorm

needles: 3.5mm (us 4) karbonz

date started: 5.16.15

date finished: 5.27.15

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  • Robby May 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Killer gorgeous! And as my dad says about Christmas shopping, “It isn’t really sporting if you don’t wait until the last few days.” Must go add this design to my never ending list.

    • bitterpurl June 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      then I must really love sporting! lmao! my list keeps getting longer and longer. but I figure that’s ok since the yarn keeps coming.

      thank you!

  • carolyn May 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    dang girl that’s gorgeous

  • Duni May 29, 2015 at 9:04 am

    What a great knit! Yet another thing to add to my ridiculously ambitious queue. The pink is similar to a sweater I started last year to match a dress for my friends’ outdoor wedding and literally just have the cast off on the collar to do. 🙂 Maybe I should finish that up today…

    • bitterpurl June 8, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      haha you’re just as bad as me! I figure there will be other weddings ; )

  • grumperina June 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Beautiful! So crisp!