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Muy Caliente! The Ojo de Dios Shawl is hot!

May 18, 2015

I've seen a lot of shawl patterns come across my desk, but Ojo de Dios by Vanessa Ewing, which originally appeared in Interweave Knits Winter 2013, has got to be one of my favorites. I knit it last year, and I wore it so much last winter that I actually had to wash it—I've only washed one scarf in my entire knitting career, and that was the classic Clapotis, which I wear a lot.

The Ojo has taken the place of Clapotis as my go-to scarf, and I've been a good spokesperson for it. So many knitters have seen me wearing my version and have knit one for themselves. And I've been asked plenty of times to knit one for other people. (My answer? "Sorry, love ya, but no. I can teach you how to knit, though!")

We've kitted this project up in two colorways, the original Southwest color palette, and a beautiful jewel-tone version. They're both stunning. I think I might need need the blue-green one, too. In fact, I know I need it. Of course I do.

   
Vanessa Ewing's Ojo de Dios Shawl in the Southwestern
colorway, left, and the jewel-tone colorway, right
The deal with this scarf is that the yarn, Gina by Plymouth, is the star. The self-striping nature of the yarn does the work, and the pattern is created so cleverly to take advantage of that.

Ojo de Dios is a crescent-shaped shawl that begins with 17 triangles that form the lower edge.

Each triangle starts with 84 stitches and is quickly decreased down to six stitches. You'll pick up stitches on the first triangle to start the second, and so forth, so there's no seaming the motifs together. Nicely done, Vanessa.

When all of the triangles are knitted, you'll pick up 252 stitches to start the garter-stitch body of the shawl.

That seems like a lot of stitches, but Vanessa instructs you to pick up 28 stitches along each of the nine top edge triangles, which is totally manageable. You can count the stitches after each triangle to make sure you have the correct amount. Easy-peasy, and this step goes pretty quickly.

The Ojo de Dios Shawl diagram. Stitches are picked up
across the top nine triangles, 28 stitches per triangle.

    
The Ojo de Dios Shawl, front view

The crescent body of the shawl is knit in garter stitch shaped with short-rows. Before you begin the short-rows, though, you work a yarnover row to get those eyelets in place. What a neat detail!

The short-rows are worked starting from the middle 28 stitches, building outward to make the crescent shape. It's deceptively simple, really, and the Ojo packs a huge punch.

Gina yarn is really soft and the colors are deep and beautiful. The color runs are of medium length, so modular knitting, such as the triangles in the Ojo, is perfect for this yarn.

I'm going to order my jewel-tone kit today—join me and get your Ojo de Dios Knitted Shawl Kit before they're all sold out! Will you get the original Southwestern-inspired kit, or the jewel-tone kit?

Cheers,

P.S. What do you think of the Ojo de Rios shawl? Tell us if it's in your top five, too!


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Ojo de Dios Shawl Kit

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This exclusive knitting kit includes everything you need to make your own Ojo de Dios Shawl in the colors shown in the Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Knits magazine.

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Ojo de Dios Shawl Kit in Jewel Tones

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With this exclusive kit, you can knit the popular Ojo de Dios modular shawl in jewel tones. Purples, greens, and blues shift subtly in the individual triangles, then create stripes in the long rows of the garter-stitch body. This kit has everything you need to create the Ojo de Dios Shawl in the new colorway!

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dinamo wrote
on Mar 11, 2015 7:19 PM

I've just started the 1st triangle of the Ojo de Dios shawl.  I can't figure out how decreasing 12 more times will get to 6 sts.  If each round results in 6 stitches decreased, then I would get to 6 sts after 10 more rounds.  Right?  Help, I'm lost already.

dinamo wrote
on Mar 11, 2015 7:18 PM

I've just started the 1st triangle of the Ojo de Dios shawl.  I can't figure out how decreasing 12 more times will get to 6 sts.  If each round results in 6 stitches decreased, then I would get to 6 sts after 10 more rounds.  Right?  Help, I'm lost already.

dinamo wrote
on Mar 11, 2015 7:18 PM

I've just started the 1st triangle of the Ojo de Dios shawl.  I can't figure out how decreasing 12 more times will get to 6 sts.  If each round results in 6 stitches decreased, then I would get to 6 sts after 10 more rounds.  Right?  Help, I'm lost already.

saitkin wrote
on Jan 10, 2014 9:01 AM

Why wait for a kit!!!! Just buy your yarn and start knitting. I just finished mine.

I have to block. Will the curl come out of the edge when I block????? Or will I have to crochet the edge????  

I love it!

Susan

srader wrote
on Jan 7, 2014 1:24 PM

PLEASE let me know when the Ojo de Dios kit is available again. Thank you

Sheila S.

Abbiecait wrote
on Jan 7, 2014 10:09 AM

Hi, I have the kit for this shawl and need help with the triangles.  I have only knitted on dp needles one time  making straps that were felted for a purse.  I am practicing the triangles with sock yarn on #5 dp needles and have starting over several times.  Nothing I do gets rid of the the ladders.  I have read many tips on the internet but most apply to regular knitting in the round.  Since these triangles are very specific as far as ssk and k2tog am not sure what to do.  Do you have any suggestions that would help me.  I SO want to be able to make this beautiful  Ojo de Dios shawl.  Thank you so much!

MaryannW wrote
on Jan 4, 2014 8:33 PM

Are you going to be stocking more of this kit??

Anne K wrote
on Jan 4, 2014 6:53 PM

I just got this email today (5th Jan) even though it is dated 1st Jan. How come??

And the kit is already sold out.  I think someone really needs to get their act together.

Not much of a saving anyway!!!

Anne Kap

on Jan 4, 2014 6:09 PM

Why is it already sold out?  I just got the email about the kit????

Nancyberks wrote
on Jan 4, 2014 2:36 PM

Would like to know when Ojo de Dios Knitted Shawl is available again

Thanks

R.Hill wrote
on Jan 4, 2014 2:21 PM

Please advise  when Ojo de  Dios Knitted Shawl is available.

Thank You ,

Knitknacks,

R Hill

pweller wrote
on Jan 4, 2014 1:12 PM

You're annoying people by sending emails about a kit that is long gone. I figure the emails are done weeks in advance, but Is it that much trouble to edit an email before sending it? Yes I know the mag is available. Specify pattern in mag only in the email.

Pat Burch wrote
on Jan 4, 2014 1:01 PM

I've just started knitting and want to try it. Hope I can get a kit when they are available. Beautiful.

on Jan 2, 2014 9:07 PM

I would really like to purchase the kit.  Will you be getting more???  Please.  I tried early this morning after seeing the ad and it was already gone : < (

Linda Averill

on Jan 2, 2014 4:10 PM

So sorry this kit sold out so quickly. We will re-release it sometime this spring. In the meantime, you can get the pattern in Interweave Knits Winter 2014. Here's the link to the magazine: www.interweavestore.com/knits-winter-2014

You can order the digital issue and download it instantly, or get the print edition. Both editions are on sale for $6.99 right now.

Kathleen

woolgirl1 wrote
on Jan 2, 2014 10:08 AM

I just got the email & tried to order a kit; and sadly, they are out of stock!  I wrote to customer service.  I hope to get the sale price also; if they do get more kits.  Currently on sale for $39.99.  How do I reserve a kit at the sale price?  Thanks!  

cjboggs wrote
on Jan 2, 2014 8:50 AM

How do I get the pattern only I have the yarn.

on Jan 1, 2014 6:45 PM

Did you advertise this kit with only two in stock?  Seriously, why get our interest up only to find it is unavailable???

pellyshaw wrote
on Jan 1, 2014 3:58 PM

Can't believe I just opened the email and these are out of stock already! Please make more available :)

nancilyn wrote
on Jan 1, 2014 2:49 PM

OMG -- they're all gone!!!  Please use your influence to make more available.

Please oh please oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease.

mymacedo wrote
on Jan 1, 2014 12:40 PM

I would love to be able to just buy the pattern!  

mymacedo wrote
on Jan 1, 2014 12:40 PM

I would love to be able to just buy the pattern!  

DebE wrote
on Jan 1, 2014 11:47 AM

This is a FUN shawl, and I've been planning to knit it since I opened my winter issue of IK.  A question, though..... is the pattern going to become available as a stand-alone?  One of the LYS's where I sometimes teach classes loves to feature Gina yarn in their classes (it's the owner's favorite yarn).  I think that when my Ojo is finished, if I wear it there, she will want to schedule a class for it.... so I'll need to tell her whether she needs to buy extra issues of IK Winter, or if students will be able to purchcase the pattern.  Thanks!

DebE wrote
on Jan 1, 2014 11:47 AM

This is a FUN shawl, and I've been planning to knit it since I opened my winter issue of IK.  A question, though..... is the pattern going to become available as a stand-alone?  One of the LYS's where I sometimes teach classes loves to feature Gina yarn in their classes (it's the owner's favorite yarn).  I think that when my Ojo is finished, if I wear it there, she will want to schedule a class for it.... so I'll need to tell her whether she needs to buy extra issues of IK Winter, or if students will be able to purchcase the pattern.  Thanks!

Allynec wrote
on Jan 1, 2014 11:24 AM

I made this and wore it last night.  Such fun to knit.