After the epic project that was Evenstar, I needed to follow up with something quick and simple to cleanse my knitting palette.
Ficus was one of those brilliant one-skein projects, perfect for that special skein of 4-ply yarn and super-quick to knit. It’s a triangular top-down shawl that begins with a garter tab cast on, has a panel of stocking stitch and a simple leaf lace border.
I’m trying to be a bit more adventurous with yarn, using variegated skeins more in my work. Here I used a merino/silk/yak blend from Nimu yarns. This was from her summer yarn club in 2016, and it has a lovely mix of autumnal shades. I’ve not yak or a yak blend before, but it has a lovely drape and softness.
I’m always really nervous of variegated yarns pooling, and a top down triangle is a good way of breaking up regular pooling patterns because of the stitch count changing each row. You get the joy of the colours blending and contrasting, but without the anxiety of strange pooling effects.
The downside to single-skein triangular shawls is that I often find them a bit on the small side, with not quite enough length to enable them to be wrapped effectively round the neck. So with Ficus I chose to extend the leaf lace pattern with extra repeats until I had used up as much of the yarn as possible. I was left with around half a metre after I’d cast off, so I’m confident I’ve squeezed every last bit out of this beautiful skein.