It’s cherry blossom season here in Washington, DC and while it’s been hot and sunny in the afternoons and early evenings, the mornings remain slightly chilly. The famous trees around the Tidal Basin are done already (they came early this year due to our lack of a real winter) but there are over 200 varieties, 12 of which bloom here in DC across our 3, 750 trees! I see the blossoms each year and have learned over time to go as early as possible so you can actually see them without getting jostled by tourists, school groups, Segway tours or overly enthusiastic photographers. This means going out in the cold but it’s well worth it.
What better way to usher in the season while out and about in the chilly morning air than a Chickadee Shrug? Knit in Cascade’s super soft Pacific Chunky, this shrug knits up in a jiffy and can be easily sized up or down by adding or subtracting reps or ribbing. I really like the bounce of the yarn, the gentle ply and the fact that it’s superwash with a fiber content of 40% superwash merino wool and 60% acrylic. Being a mom now, I understand the importance of all things superwash and even more so, a quick knit to whip up while the baby sleeps. Also, only 240 yards for an entire lace shrug? Works for me!
The shrug takes only 2 skeins of Pacific Chunky and is knit on US 10 needles with simple ribbing on the ends and lace that mimics the flower buds in the middle. While I chose a color appropriate for Cherry Blossom viewing, this yarn comes in over 40 colors so you can find a color for whatever flowers you’re celebrating in your neck of the woods! Maybe I should knit up a yellow one for the daffodils or a purple one for the crocus next year…
Download the pattern for free here on Ravelry. Happy cherry blossom season!