The Hana shawl is a cozy and elegant shawl or wide scarf suitable both for wearing inside when extra warmth is needed, and for country walks. The shawl combines a thick rib of twisted stitches with lace, which is reminiscent of flowers growing in high grass. Inspiration for the lace pattern comes from Japanese stitches, hence the name of the shawl, which means "flower" in Japanese.
The pattern is both charted (with RS and WS rows) and written. The pattern includes a photo tutorial for working short rows, and detailed blocking instructions.
Some quotes from the test knitters:
"This was probably one of the most fun knits. Very unique construction and well executed pattern." ThePandorica
"Don't be scared of the short rows - they're very well explained, and even if you've never done them before, you shouldn't be afraid to let this be your first time!" ZarahMaria
"... directions are very detailed and speciﬁc. I like this in a pattern and if there are people who don't like this they can choose to ignore them and move right to the knitting." jthompson216316
Test knitters recommend these yarns:
Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend
Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted
madelinetosh tosh vintage
100purewool.com Merino Worsted 3 ply
Filatura Di Crosa Zara
Patons Silk Bamboo
The gauge is given for 10 cm (4") stockinette square after wet blocking (dry and unpin the swatch before measuring):
For M size (DK/8 ply): 15 sts/23 rows
For L size (worsted/10 ply): 13 sts/21 rows
I am a Lithuanian living in Hungary - for more than 10 years already. I learned knitting still as a child, and then knitted occasionally, but very passionately. I also did pottery, web and print design, but have no time for that anymore, because I again got obsessed with knitting and this time with designing as well.