It all started with a beautiful hank of Malabrigo Sock yarn in a colorway called Archangel that I found at my local yarn store, Ewe-forium, in February, 2016.  At the time the Malabrigo was an impulse buy – I had no idea what I would make with it but loved the colors, how soft it felt in my hands, and knew I’d find something perfect to make with it.

It took months of searching for just the right project and I was improving my knitting skills in the meantime – after all, I didn’t want to ruin that oh so lovely yarn!

Finally in late October, while browsing Pinterest I found the PERFECT project for the Archangel colorway – the Fall of Leaves Shawl.  The pattern was on Ravelry so off I went to grab it and shawl project in my queue.  I was pretty intimidated as the pattern write-up said:

that it should be moderately difficult for knitters experienced with lace knitting. For knitters with little to no experience with lace knitting it is likely to be more than moderately difficult, due to asymmetrical pattern repeats and the common use of double-decreases.

GULP!  Thankfully it also said that the pattern comes with full written instructions and is also fully charted.

I had never knitted from a chart so I was very thankful that there were written instructions as well, but still I was pretty intimidated as this looked like a complex shawl pattern.

Determined to make the Fall of Leaves shawl, I decided to just take my time and knit one row at a time and not get bogged down in it’s complexity.

Here it is – 6 days into the making.  I was so excited.  It was going to be beautiful and stitch markers were a must!


There is a total of 9 charts and 109 rows – needless to say I can now knit from a chart LOL and was very thankful that there were written instructions for me to refer to.

If you intend to make this shawl with Malabrigo Sock yarn – do yourself a HUGE favor and buy 2 hanks.  The pattern calls for 395 yards of fingering weight yarn – I figured I would be safe with the 440 yards of Malibrigo – but ran out with 5 rows left to do.  The Archangel colorway is VERY difficult to find – everywhere I initially looked was out of stock and I was beginning to panic until I found it at Craftsy.  Then I was worried about the dye lots and how different they might be.

Here is a photo of the finished shawl and the top detail – it’s just lovely and I can’t wait to wear it.


Additional information:

You can find the Fall of Leaves pattern free on Ravelry.

Nancy Smyth

Hi, I'm Nancy I'm a yarn addict, number cruncher/bookkeeper, and software developer. Strange combination right? I get the same feeling of joy when working with high quality yarns that I do when a column of numbers are all neatly aligned and add up properly.

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