I first saw this pattern on Franca of Oranges &Apples' Instagram (and blogged here) - it's the Dotted Rays shawl by Stephen West. It seemed like a fun project, and as I felt a bit mired in a cardigan knitting project, I gladly put that aside in favour of this shawl. Since then, it seems like the pattern has been all over my Instagram as there has been a knit-along for it.
I found starting this project really hard as the instructions are really terribly written. I have never used a Stephen West pattern before, but I have been assured that his projects are not normally so hard to follow. Happily another Ravelry user had written some excellent instructions, so with the help of those I was able to get started.
Overall it was enjoyable to knit and an easy pattern to memorise and follow, although I was getting fed up of those long rows by the final stages.
The finished shape is different from the usual triangular shawl shape and is really just like a scarf with tapered ends. As a result, I end up wearing it bundled around my neck just like any old scarf. Not particularly elegant but I'm happy that the yarn is so beautifully soft and warm. The pattern has great potential for vibrant multi-coloured versions, so maybe next time I will try something a bit more daring!