It's Daybreak by Stephen West, and is a wonderful, quick, fun pattern in a really wonderful yarn--Dragonfly Fibers Pixie. It was my favorite purchase from Rhinebeck and I've been saving it all this time and I'm certain I chose the right pattern for it, and yet....something's not quite right about it.
But it's also the pattern. I like my scarf/shawls as much as anyone, but this one seems a bit, er, manly for me. As well it should--it is, after all, written by a man and meant to be unisex. I showed it to Dave as I was working on it and feeling like the colors and stripes were just not very me, and he said "yespleaseIwouldlikethatverymuchthankyou." Until, of course, I finished it, and he's all, "Um, that's a shawl. I don't think I can rock that."
Some men can. Dave can't. I'm with him on that one.
I might make him a Daybreak-inspired cowl or scarf or something that he would actually wear, but in the meantime, what to do???
On the knitterly side of things, I went up a needle size and basically knit the shawl exactly as written, right up until the end. I stopped the increases early and knit a couple of extra rows in plain garter, and it worked out great--no need for blocking wires or pins or anything. I soaked it and lay it flat and those extra garter rows smoothed out the increases so the shawl gave itself a nice rounded edge all on its own.