Monday, September 28, 2020

FO: Koi Reyna Shawl

Don't we all just need a project o the needles? I find that with knitting being a big stress reliever for me, I am actually a little sad when I finish a project. I brought my Copycat Jaywalker Socks with me when I was playing D&D all day with the boyfriend and his peeps back in July, but knowing I would likely finish the socks that day I decided to pack an additional project to start in the event that I found myself with some unoccupied knitting time. D&D leaves a lot of time in between your turn when you play with a decent sized group of people, so I find I need to have knitting on hand :) Anyway, in packing for that trip I decided to pick a yarn from my stash I wanted to work with first and then find a project for it. I wanted the project to be simple knitting and to be something I could throw in my purse and bring with me without a lot of bulk. I'm still dealing with my current sweater project drama, so it needed to be something different. In the end, I picked up one of my favorite skeins of yarn - Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted in the Koi Pond colorway

I fell in love with this colorway back in 2016 or so when it was introduced, so when  succumbed to the big sale they had in February of 2017, I grabbed myself a skein. It sat in my stash for a while with the fate of becoming a pair of socks (I was having a big sock moment at the time), but I saw another knitter I follow made a pair of socks with the same yarn and colorway and I just didn't love them as much as I thought I would. This being a "hand painted" yarn instead of a "self striping" yarn, the colors are a bit more prone to pooling than I like, and when you look at the project on Ravelry made with this yarn, it's about a 50/50 chance that you will end up with lovely striping of the colors or big pools of colors. I just didn't want to risk the pools because that's something that really bugs me and I knew I wouldn't be happy with the result. SO instead of socks, I decided to make a shawl.

This is the Reyna Shawl by Noora Backlund, which is a free pattern on Ravelry. I believe I had seen this pattern over the years, but it wasn't until picking out this yarn and looking through finished projects made with it that I decided I wanted to make this up. It's a very simple triangle shawl that alternates between a 2 row mesh stitch pattern and garter stitch. Not only did the finished shawls in this yarn look great, but it was also simple enough of a stitch pattern that I could pick it up at any point and easily find where I was. It checked all my required boxes, so even though I always seem to swear off making shawls every time I finish one, I went for it this time. Spoiler alert! I did not hate making this shawl as much as I have hated making ones in the past, lol, so maybe I'm growing as a person.
Everything seriously went great in making this shawl. It was a fantastic purse project - easy to knit, no charts to follow, and small. I started this that night of playing D&D and worked on it little by little  for 2 months. The only "need to wrap my head around it" moment was when I finished the pattern but still had 1/3 of the skein. The whole reason I wanted to knit this was to use up this lovely yarn, not have a "too-tiny-for-other-projects" ball left over. So I decided to made the widest mesh section as written, then I did the same number of garter stitch rows as the previous section, then I did the mesh pattern until I only had enough left to bind off. I wound up using all of this skein except like 12 inches, which is awesome.
I really love how the color is distributed in the shawl. I was a little worried about some pooling in the first sections, but as the shawl grew it only had a few dark areas here and there that were pretty small - no big distracting blobs of bright or dark colors :)
As far as the shawl itself goes, I like the versatility in theory, but realistically I will never wear it in the traditional "shawl" position like this, lol. It's nice to have the option, I guess, but I will always wear them as scarved. That said, I do like the size that this one turned out. It would've been good as written, but I like that extra bit of length that the rest of the skein added. I love that it was so easy to use up the whole skein with this pattern, so if you, like me, hate leftovers that languish in your stash after a project, I highly recommend giving this pattern a try.
As far as the finished project, this yarn was just as lovely to work with as it turned out. This is just such a soft and deliciously squishy yarn. In fact I liked this so much that I've been eyeing a few of the newer colorways, lol, which kind of defeats the purpose of getting this out of my stash, but I still have a gift card to use so, lol. We will see.
So that's my newest shawl :) Interestingly (to me, at least) I enjoyed making this so much that I cast on another shawl immediately after finishing this one. I just love that they are small projects, portable, not a crazy time commitment, and will help keep my neck warm in a few months when I can actually wear them, lol. I never thought I'd say this, but Yay for shawl knitting!


Yarn: 1 skein Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted in the Koi Pond colorway - $11.00

Pattern: Reyna by Noora Backlund - Free

Time: 2 months

*This post contains affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make any purchases at Knit Picks. That said, I purchased this yarn with my own money and my opinions are 100% my own. I just really love this yarn :)


  1. Your shawl is gorgeous. I am a long time sewer/quilter, however I'm new to knitting. I'm making a scarf with my first cables and it's so exciting! I have many mistakes but today I got a stitch counter that hopefully will help my brain retain row numbers. How can I sign up to get your blog posts? I am a new fan of yours....seriously, I love your blog. My blog is

    1. Thank you so much! It's so nice to know people read my blog still even though I'm not so great about posting lately, lol. I tend to follow bloggers I like on Bloglovin, but is Feedly still around? I believe you can sign up to follow any blogs on those. I don't think Blogger notifies people anymore. I used to be much more up on the goings on like that but so much has changed in the last few years!


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