Painted Desert is a fingering/sock weight made of 100% machine-washable wool.
The generous 437 yards is enough to make a small shawl or a pair of socks.
It's spun in two plies with great stitch definiton, each strand slowly changing color at different times. This creates a very tasteful, subtle variation in color. Instead of striping abruptly, Painted Desert's color shifts blend in gradually.
This yarn is aptly named after the famous variegated badlands of Arizona.
First up is the classic, "Painted Desert Shawl."
This simple shawl is worked from the neck down. A soothing stockinette stitch and eyelet pattern make this a good project for watching TV or visiting with friends. The shifting colors of the Painted Desert yarn make the finished shawl look more complicated than it is.
The interest in the twisted cable stitches as well as the lace edging keep the knitter engaged throughout the piece. While this pattern is a little more complex, it is still manageable enough for an experienced beginner who wants to learn some new stitches and techniques.