Some time ago I fell in love with the wonderful long gradients of Schoppel Zauberball. Of course, I immediately had to have a few of these beauties. I wanted fingerring weight, but unfortunately I ordered the laceweight variant by mistake. So now, what to do with them? I browsed in Ravelry for hours for suitable lace projects but nothing caught my eye.

So what, since I fancy myself a designer I’ll just make my own stuff! So I put away my other two design projects which got stuck a little bit anyhow.  For quite some time I wanted to make a half-pi shawl, so these were my requirements: laceweight, half-circle, a little bit on the romantic side, but not too kitschy … here we go. I proudly present my “Sundowner”.

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The name is inspired by the lovely color gradient in reds and pinks that reminds me of a sunset and in my mind I saw myself sitting on a terrace by the Mediterranean, sipping a cool cocktail and wrapping myself in a soft lace shawl against the fresh evening breeze … wouldn’t that be lovely?

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The body of the shawl features alternating stripes of stockinette stitch and an easy lace pattern which highlights the long gradient to perfection.

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And the edge is adorned with romantic horseshoe lace and a picot bind-off.

The pattern will go into testing in a few days – if you are interested to be a test knitters keep an eye on on my Ravelry group, the LanaCabana blog,, the Facebook page or Instagram.

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