You want this shawl. Really.

I’ve written about Indygo Junction patterns a time or two, so it’s probably no surprise that I’ve sewn another of the company’s patterns. This is my first time sewing one with knit fabric (the gorgeous stripe is from Michael Miller) and I’m thrilled with the results.

The pattern is the Simple Sleeved Shawl and the whole thing — tracing to hemming — took about 2 1/2 hours. The shawl is unlined, which is why I chose the striped knit, since it’s yarn dyed and looks the same on both sides. The shawl comes in two lengths; this is the longer of the two and sized M/L. I think most people could wear that size, actually. When I took it to the shop (it’s on display there as a sample), it fit everyone who tried it on, all of us different body shapes and sizes.

I opted for the long vs. short because I wanted to make sure it was right for me, proportionally. I think I might go just a little bit shorter the next time I make it (yes, I will make it again!) because I did not go as deep with the hem as the pattern instructed. The extra length gives you some play to pin the front to the opposite shoulder (see photo above right), or just to wrap it around yourself for a little extra huggability.

I’m so eager for the weather to turn cool enough to wear this shawl! (Hear that? Yes, I could be tired of our unseasonable warm weather *cough*12 degrees above normal*cough*) I can just see pairing it with jeans or maybe a cute cord skirt, tights and boots.

Like I said, you want this shawl.