Time for a new Project – Inspiration for Plumpy By Andrea Mowry

Sometimes those patterns come along and I think wow, I would love to give that a go. This pattern is no exception, I have seen it popping up over instagram recently, as the buzz starts to spread. It’s Plumpy by Andrea Mowry. We all know Andrea as the Queen of Fades, with popular patterns like So Faded and Find Your Fade. But she is also a master of texture, as seen in Wool & Honey and Birds of a Feather. But I think Plumpy plays to all of these strengths.


Knit in Garter Stitch and Brioche, you already know its is going to give you oodles of possibility to play with colour. In a practical asymmetrical triangle shape, its the perfect wrap to keep your neck warm this winter. What I really like about it, is it’s DK! I think there is a massive trend for 4ply shawls which leaves our beautiful DK yarns a little neglected. But don’t worry they won’t be neglected for much longer!


You can play with three or four colours in this shawl, so I have put a little inspirational colour palette together using: Hedgehog Fibre Merino DK and Fyberspates Vivacious DK. These hand dyed merino yarns play together beautifully, allowing you the opportunity to contrast speckles and solids in interesting ways. I love pairing these two yarns together and find myself doing it over Fyberspates and Hedgehogs 4ply bases as well.


From left to right – Hedgehog Fibres Merino Dk in Seed, Cereal, Fools Gold / Fyberspates Vivacious DK in Sunshine.


From left to right – Hedgehog Fibres Merino Dk in Monarch, Hawk, / Fyberspates Vivacious DK in Copper Tones, Peach Bellini.


From left to right – Hedgehog Fibres Merino Dk in Genie, Beach Bunny, / Fyberspates Vivacious DK in Sea Glass, Deep Aqua.


From left to right – Hedgehog Fibres Merino Dk in Heyday, Pistachio / Fyberspates Vivacious DK in Heavenly, Mixed Magentas.

I hope that this has got you craving a cosy DK shawl to wrap up in. There is something so plump and inviting about Merino Yarn in a DK weight, I just want to dive straight into this project!

2 thoughts on “Time for a new Project – Inspiration for Plumpy By Andrea Mowry

  1. Greetings from Merida,Mexico where I knit in a hot climate, usually alone, because not many knitters here… I want to ask a favor. When you write about a pattern, can you always advise for what level knitter it is for? I am an advanced beginner and I see all these patterns that look too hard, and I’d like some guidance when choosing a pattern. Thank you! Liza

    • Hello Elizabeth, Greetings from London! Thats a good idea to rate the skill level of a pattern and something I shall do from now on. I feel like this one would be suitable for an advanced beginner. The shaping is fairly simple and for the most part it is knit in garter stitch. The only complex bit would be the two colour brioche rib stitch sections. Which also includes some brioche increasing and decreasing. My advice would be if you haven’t done brioche before knit a few swatches first to familiarise yourself with how the stitch works. Brioche can be a little tricky to get your head around but once you get the rhythm its really fun. I hope that helps.

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