nomadic yarns sharknado madelinetosh tosh merino light midnight pass tart

the alluna shawl

I was sick in bed most of last week and, me being me, I still wanted to get some knitting in when I could. the thought of seaming shoulders and setting in sleeves made me feel even sicker, sorry docklight, but cozying up with a new shawl sounded like just the thing. having just received a skein of madelinetosh tosh merino light in the most gorgeous shade of turquoise I have ever seen was kismet. I even knew what pattern had to get on my needles immediately, the alluna shawl by anthony casalena.

madelinetosh merino light midnight pass

this is the midnight pass colorway, a store exclusive from a good yarn, and one of the trickiest colors to photograph. every camera I have tried wants to make this color a plain blue. even with editing I can’t seem to capture the ocean like hues or the glow this yarn gives off. I even checked on ravelry to see if anyone was able to pull it off but I couldn’t find one example. you’ll just have to trust me when I say this color is stunning. in picking a pattern I knew I wanted something that would let the turquoise shine.

alluna shawl madelinetosh tosh merino light

the alluna shawl was the perfect thing to knit last week and I got so obsessed with it I couldn’t put it down. it has the soothing garter stitch I love, stripes (of course), and some fun, addictive shaping. the short rows never got monotonous. they gave the pattern a great rhythm and I just wanted to see how each section would resolve. I love seeing how different designers handle knitting puzzles. you really need to see the inspiration behind this design! I love how he evokes all those curves, especially the bottom of the dress in the last contrast section.

alluna shawl
I was going to be a bit short of my main color and looking at my cc skein of sharknado from nomadic yarns I knew that a madelinetosh unicorn tail in tart would be the perfect addition.  In my head the tart is the blood found in the water after the shark swims through midnight pass. I like puny projects apparently. or maybe I’m just a big ole weirdo.

alluna shawl picot bind off

this whole project was such a pleasure. you know you got a good one in your hands when everything comes together so easily. you can tell I’m all in when I don’t even bat an eye to a 600+ stitch picot bind off. and looking at this picture just made me realize how well the picot goes with the inspiration drawing! this is such an impressive looking shawl, but the way it’s written out makes it perfect TV knitting and, in my case, in bed knitting. can you tell I’m enamored? every time I look at this shawl I fall in love with the eyelets, all those short rows, and that gorgeous color. if this is the beginning of a ‘summer of shawls’ for me then I have to admit I started out with a bang.


pattern: alluna

needles: 4mm karbonz

yarn: madelinetosh tosh merino light, midnight pass and tart

nomadic yarns trusty sock, sharknado

date started: 5.27.15

date finished: 6.04.15

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  • JoanneBB June 8, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    that is beautiful, and I enjoy the punny yarn choices!

    How do you like the karbonz as circulars (I assume?)? I have some DPNs but haven’t tried other needles in the range.

    • bitterpurl June 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      thank you!

      I love the karbonz circs and this reminds me I wanted to do a post on different needles I’ve tried.
      I find the joins are smooth and the cable is nice and pliable without being wimpy. If anything I just wish they were a little sharper, like the novas they make.

  • Cara June 9, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Love everything about this – except the sick part. Hope you’re feeling better!!

    • bitterpurl June 9, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      aww thanks! I must have a weird bug, no idea whats going on but feeling a little better.

  • carolyn June 9, 2015 at 11:56 am


    • bitterpurl June 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      hehe I love your comments

  • Duni June 10, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Blood in the water? Fantastic!

  • grumperina June 14, 2015 at 8:14 am

    The color choices are perfection! I didn’t realize the gray had some blue running through it until I saw the close-ups.