For some exciting hours Bakau was the top pattern in the Ravelry rankings. I know, I know… the rankings are a bit of a mystery and it probably helps to post a new pattern when nobody else is at that exact moment and when the fourth planet is in retrograde and there’s a hail storm in Georgia placing bored Ravelers in front of their screens, idly clicking away at any new pattern.

Still. It was my moment.

Bakau was fun to design. The idea was to make a simple somewhat elongated semi-circular shawl using one of the stitch patterns (Swag Lace) from another recent design (a very lacy wedding shawl).

So… Bakau is simple and non-fussy with a bit of lacy elegance and nicely neat, finished edges (selvedges) that are knit along as you go (visible in upper left corner in the photo above). I like those very much.

There is a fun quirk to casting on — Åsa’s Tab Cast On — which creates a seamless edge. Rather clever, if I may say so…

It’s not complicated, just a bit different.

Even so, in case you’re  having trouble with it, the link above goes to a mini photo tutorial so you can see for yourself just how simple it is.  (Knitters who have knitted my Semele or Galathea will recognise the idea.)

By the way, the pattern includes also a smaller 1-skein version. This one is knitted with Sanguine Gryphon Bugga:


I’ve been knitting with Faery Wings again. It’s just a little bit magical — even if one does not have any particular faery or magical inclinations. Which one doesn’t.

So while I wait for the blocked shawl to dry and for more photogenic weather and lighting, a few tidbits…






Pattern: Bakau (to be published soonish — Aprilly)
Yarn: Fyberspates Faery Wings (silk/mohair/nylon, 100g/365m/399yds) — less than 2 skeins
Needles: 4mm
Shape: crescent-y
Size: 190cm x 65 cm (75in x 25in) — I’m working on a smaller 1-skein version as well
Construction: top down, all-in-one-knit-everything-as-you-go (no short rows)

I can report that Faery Wings frogs very well, despite its halo and fluffiness… tinking is worse, but frogging works j.u.s.t. f.i.n.e.