I am part of The Flock which is a group created and run by Love Knitting. Every now and then they will send out emails offering free samples of new yarns for members to try. A couple of months ago I requested some of Red Hearts new Ombra yarn which is part of their "An Itailan Story" collection. I expected to get one, maybe two skeins of yarn. No. . . Know how many skeins I got?
I got four!! 😱 😱 I couldn’t believe the generosity. I had a couple other projects with strict deadlines, so I wasn’t able to cast on a project with the yarn until the end of May. But now I’ve finished it!
The four colorways I used were: Azzuro, Sorbetto, Terra, and Viola. I was so inspired by the colors that I didn’t realize Ombra is a chainette style yarn. 🙄 But! I don’t mind. It was actually just as easy to work with as normal yarn and I enjoyed trying something new.
I decided to continue the “new things” process and make a center out square shawl/blanket. I used the following basic formula to knit it:
Using a circular cast on and US size 7 or 8 circular knitting needle, I cast on 8 stitches. Joining in the round, I k2 placed marker, and repeated that to the end of the round. (There should be two stitches between each marker. 4 markers total.) On the next round I knit to one stitch before marker, increased 1, k1, slipped marker, k1, increased 1 and repeated to the end of the round. The third round was knit. And then repeated those last two rounds until the end! Super simple but very fun. I might write up a more in-depth recipe/pattern later.
Then I just knit, and knit, and knit. When I started running out of the first colorway, I striped in the second one. And so on, and so forth. I cast on with Terra, transitioned to Sorbetto, then to Viola, and ended with Azzuro. I used every bit of the first three, and most of the fourth. I decided to do an i-cord bind off which is why I had leftovers of Azzuro. I wanted to make sure I had enough to finish it and I ended up being a touch generous. But that’s okay. I’d rather have too much than too little!
Also, I decided to do a bit of simple colorwork between colors 3 and 4 and I'm absolutely chuffed with how it turned out! I'm thinking I want to do something similar with a pair of socks pairing a neutral with a bright pop of color. Wouldn't it be amazing??
It does annoy me a little that the i-cord is curling so much. I am sure there is a trick to fixing this, but I didn't realize it would be such a problem until I was much too far to consider ripping back. Frogging i-cord is no joke!
Ombra is the combination of 47% Acrylic / 47% Wool / 6% Nylon. This makes it super easy to take care of since you can toss it in the washer and the dryer. But it also has the ability to be blocked so you don’t have a ton of lumpy, uneven stitches. I am excited to either be able to wear this as a shawl or use it as a baby blanket or even a cat bed! If it gets dirty, a quick run through the washer will sort everything.
Square shawls are so much fun! Use them like a blanket to wrap around your shoulders, or fold them in half to wear like a traditional triangle shawl. I think I'd like to knit at least one more. I do still find half circle or crescent shawls easier to wear, but it was so interesting to try something so new. Have you knit any center-out square blankets or shawls?
Thank you again to Love Knitting and Red Heart Yarns for the opportunity to try these lovely colorways out!
Disclaimer: While I did receive the yarn for free as a perk of being a participant of The Flock, all opinions expressed herein are my own. I was not asked to write a blog post.