July 19, 2012
After developing a craving for a slightly more complicated, all-over lace shawl pattern, I cast on my first Kitman Figueroa pattern, Damask. Either I'm getting more comfortable with complex shawls, or this is one of those patterns that looks more complicated than it is, but I found it surprisingly enjoyable and relaxing to knit.
I think one of my key choices to success was to pick a non-splitty yarn, Skinny Bugga! by Cephalopod Yarns, and pointy needles to handle all those purl 7 together nupp stitches, since they turned out to be relatively painless. I also wanted a saturated color, although a more solid color might have been optimal. The slight variegation in the yarn is not as obvious in the photos as it is in person.
What makes the pattern different from most triangular shawls is that it's knit from the bottom up, so rows get shorter and shorter the further you get, as opposed to longer, so when you get anxious to finish it, it seems to, gratifyingly, progress faster and faster. I knit the medium size. The small one would definitely have been too small. I may knit the larger size some time in the future.
The Ravelry project page