So, originally, that Malabrigo Sock was a vest. It was just ok. I liked the idea, but I was off on gauge, so I stuck it in a pile to be dealt with later. (Like, years later.) And, finally, recently, it was time to rip. And once that Malabrigo Sock was out of that vest and into my hands, I couldn't stop thinking about it. So squishy, so pretty...it took one swatch and I knew what I wanted to do. And I like it so much better than that vest.
Rioja - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)
Rioja is a semi-circular shawlette with lots of texture and a bit of a Spanish feel. Textured bands alternate between squishy Garter Stitch and very simple lace, the last of which allows the picot-encrusted edge to flutter out in just the right way.
Rioja takes only one skein of sock yarn, but detailed instructions have been provided in the pattern for optional sections should you have more yarn and wish to make the shawl larger.
My favorite way to wear Rioja is above, wrapped around my neck like a scarf. The semi-circular shape drapes nicely, and all that texture is right there on display.
If you are new to shawl knitting, this is a perfect first project -- there are no fancy techniques or complex stitch patterns here. But there is certainly enough going on to be a fun knit for more advanced knitters as well.
Size: 43" / 109 cm along top edge, 19" / 48.5 cm height at center
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% Merino; 440 yds/402 m per 100g); 1 skein in color 811 Eggplant
Needles: US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, at least 24" / 60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 19 sts & 28 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Garter Stitch
For more information about Rioja, you can check it out on Ravelry here.