Maluka is the August KAL in the Beginner Lace Knitters group on Ravelry. It was one of my nominations, so I was extra excited to cast on! I rummaged through my stash and found the perfect hank of too-pretty-for-feet sock yarn: a gorgeous purple wool-bamboo blend with a lot of shine and personality.
This shawlette is almost a scarf — very petite! But, quick to work up. You work the garter border first. The cool 3-over-3 bundle that makes a chain of circles that is very pretty. After the border is complete, you pick up stitches all along the edge, and work the body in a series of short rows to create a graceful crescent shape.
Project: Shiny Purple Maluka
Designer: Bea Schmidt
Available: FREE! on Ravelry
I’ve been wearing my Maluka constantly — even with grubby shorts and a T-shirt :). (I never said personal style was my forte!) I love how it drapes. The designer is German, so it’s not too surprising that the edging chart follows the convention of showing what you actually knit, rather than the right side of the work. I know there are knitters out there who prefer this style of chart, but I much, much prefer a chart that shows what the right side of the work looks like. I have no problem understanding “knit on RS, purl on WS” etc. For my own sanity, I did make up a “right side” version of the Maluka edging chart, which I have made available at Google docs for knitters who think like me. (You will still need the original pattern to make a Maluka, as this is only the edging chart.)
I modified the pattern just a smidge, nothing major. I used wrap&turn short rows, rather than the decrease/slip short rows called for. I found that the decrease was making a big lump in my fabric. I also wanted to use a little more yarn and have a slightly bigger finished object. For the neck edge, I decided to use an i-cord bind off, which I extended over the cast-on and bind-off ends of the edging. I am a bit of an i-cord fanatic! 🙂
In sum: great pattern, love my FO, another great KAL!