Project Inspiration: Cordelia
Cordelia is an easy eyelet lace shawl, and it is definitely one of my favorite projects that I've knit for the shop. It was a mindless pattern with stunning results. I think that's something any knitter can appreciate.
We temporarily have 2 Cordelia shawls here in the shop- the one I knit for us, plus one that arrived with a trunk show. I thought this was an excellent opportunity to share the pattern, as well as show how Bella Lino's soft colorways stripe up.
Cordelia requires 4 skeins of either Bella Lino or Fortuna, which will only run you $44. The pattern costs $6, so even though we cannot provide the pattern for free with your yarn purchase- that extra little cost for the designer doesn't break the bank.
To be honest, I am pretty sure that I will be knitting another Cordelia, only this time for a personal project. I'm also pretty sure that I will be choosing one of the semi-solid colorways of Fortuna. Bella Lino and Fortuna are essentially the same yarns, with the same linen blend fiber content, yardage, weight, and even the $11 price tag is the same. The difference is that Bella Lino self-stripes a combination of neutral tones with bright summery colors, and Fortuna was kettle dyed with deeply saturated jewel tone colors with a subtle (but gorgeous) tonal effect.
The most "challenging" part of Cordelia is the picot bind-off. I had never done a picot-anything prior to this project, and aside from it taking more time than other bind off techniques- there wasn't anything too difficult to grasp. If you know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, knit front and back, knit 2 together, and yarn over... you can do this project.
Before you ask which colorways were used in the samples..... I need to break some news. We have already sold out of both. But don't be too disappointed because there are several beautiful colors still available! With so many options for both Bella Lino and Fortuna, it's difficult to decide on just one favorite.
What do you think? Are there any specific colorways calling to you? Would you dive into Fortuna or Bella Lino first? Let us know, and don't forget to keep us updated on your progress here, on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, or ello!