I received a beautiful magic ball when our Simply Notable Ravelry group had a magic ball swap last January. My partner had made up a wondrous magic ball of superwash sock weight leftovers in gorgeous hues.
I searched patterns for awhile with a certain amount of indecision because I wanted to show off the interesting and colorful interplay of the joined scraps. I wanted to pay homage to the super scrappiness of the magic ball, you might say.
I finally settled on Diving In by Mam’zelle Flo, which actually is a recipe for knitting a shallow shawl on the bias rather than a full fledged pattern. It doesn’t get any easier than this. I was lulled into a sort of knitting nirvana by the miles and miles of garter stitch on an easy to memorize 4 row repeat that creates the bias. The best sort of mindless knitting – great for television watching or audiobook listening.
And the result? This pattern really paid off. I’m thrilled with the way the bold stripes swoop across the shawl. The colors suit my desert southwest surroundings so well.
I think the picot bind off adds just the right touch of cowgirl.
Are you inspired to make a magic ball for a friend? What would you make with your own? Oh, the possibilities!