When Sarah gave me that skein of handspun I did what I always do with a really pretty new yarn. I left it within view, so I could squeeze it and see it and let it sink into my head and hope that the muse would come and tell me what the yarn wanted to be.
Right from the start it seemed to be shawl yarn, but which shawl remained out of sight for a day or two. I had thought possibly a Baktus, because I knew the pattern would allow the beauty of the yarn to come through, and it is one of those nice patterns that says “increase until you have used up about half of your yarn, then start to decrease.” But I wasn’t entirely convinced that I had enough yarn for a Baktus so I kept musing. I had noticed that while perusing Ravelry the Simple Things shawl seemed to keep coming up on various boards, so I took a closer look at it one evening. Pretty enough, and simple enough for my yarn, but didn’t it look kind of familiar? I looked at my que. Yes, it’s pretty much like the Simple Yet Effective Shawl. I put “simple shawl” into the pattern browser. It also bears resemblance to the Simple Triangular Shawl, LaLa’s Simple Shawl, Simple Shawl for Fancy Yarns, and even the Boneyard Shawl. Although I am not sure if I should include Boneyard in my list, since it does not have the requisite “Simple” in its name. Heh.
Anyways, I looked at all of those patterns, noted the similarities and came up with this.
It has the garter bumps, eyelets, garter eyelets, stockinette bits and shaping of all of those shawls rolled into one. I just stuck in another feature whenever I got tired of knitting stockinette. So, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, I call it the Effectively Random yet Simple Shawl Thing.
I think it would work with pretty much any yarn (ok, maybe not so much with Eyelash) knit at a somewhat loose gauge to get some drape, and you can make it as big or as little as you like. Or, in my case, you can use the amount of yarn you have.
I have not written up a pattern for this. It seems fairly self-explanatory to me. Do I need to write a pattern? What do you think?