Simmer Blink


A “simmer blink” is a momentary glimpse of sunshine on a dark, cloudy day. This shawl offers you more than just a moment’s brightness, but it does capture the way green fields and golden sunshine glow against iron grey skies.

Worked from a starting point in mostly garter stitch, with just a few eyelet bands and a simple lace edging knitted as you go, this is constructed as an asymmetric triangle but ends up as a crescent. (Notes are provided on how to keep the shape more triangular – and longer – if you prefer.) It’s a simple but satisfying project, perfect for knitting in public, and a very wearable shawl.

The yarn used is fingering / 4-ply weight. It’s designed to show off a five-miniskein set (5 x 20g) plus one solid skein (100g) but would also work well in two solids, gradient yarns, or with more mini-skeins – notes are included on possible adaptations.

Difficulty Moderate
Start date 2019-02-13
Due date 2019-03-17
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Teasable
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Pattern source (brand and/or designer) Studio Miranda Designs
Spots available 10
Gauge 18 sts x 48 rows to 10cm / 4in in garter stitch
Charted or written pattern Both
Sizes required one size
Skills required

Garter stitch, very simple lace, increasing and decreasing, slipped-stitch edge, changing colours. 

Finished measurements

As a crescent, the shawl measures 200cm / 79 inches along the top edge, and 43 cm / 17 inches across at the widest point.

With a very slightly different edge treatment it becomes an asymmetric triangle with a longer wingspan. Testers are welcome to make smaller or larger versions.  

Construction type flat
Required or recommended yarn 800m of 4-ply / fingering weight yarn in at least two colours.
Tools required

3.5mm / US 4 needle(s)
stitch marker
darning needle
blocking pins or wires


Ownership of the finished item The finished item is yours to keep.
Requirements from the tester

I ask testers to check in regularly (about once a week minimum) to let me know how they're getting on, and to see if any issues have come up from other testers that might affect them. (Although of course I aim to communicate those as fast as possible to all testers.) I also ask for a linked Ravelry project with a photo.  

If a tester can't finish the test for any reason (even if they're just not enjoying the knit), they should let me know as soon as possible. 

Testers are welcome to share teaser images on social media. They can (but of course don't have to) use the hashtags #simmerblinkshawl and #studiomirandadesigns.  


Rewards from the designer

On release, once their projects are linked to the pattern, testers receive a voucher for any pattern from my store. All testers of course also receive the final pattern in their Ravelry library. 


The designer has created the following milestones, in order to keep track of progress during the test knit. By marking off each milestone as you complete it, you can easily keep the designer up to date with your progress.

2019-02-16: Starting point
2019-02-23: Narrow stripe sequence
2019-03-03: Grey eyelet bands
2019-03-11: Rainbow eyelet bands
2019-03-17: Completed



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