As promised, let’s take another look at the Kir Royale & Dark Champagne KAL running in my Ravelry group – this time focussing on the latter pattern.

Dark Champagne may look intricate, but it’s actually a fairly easy and straight-forward pattern. Nothing that will keep your brain overly busy, but instead keeps you entertained while knitting, while each section leads to the next one.


Jill’s Dark Champagne has been among the very first finished projects (find Jill on Ravelry as fruitbat).

Jill's Dark Champagne

I so adore this piece! Jill created a light shawl that’s elegant in its understatement and simply stunning if you take a closer look at it.

She used a hand-dyed yarn by DyeForYarn, one of my favorite german hand-dyers – a 100% Tussah Silk laceweight that lends all its beauty to this shawl and makes up for a great summer accessory.

Also, Jill added beads (and made a lot more picots than the pattern suggests – I guess it’s easy to get carried away a little with these… :)), which add some extra weight to the border, making her Dark Champagne even more wearable and drapey.

Jill's Dark Champagne

A project I love from A to Z!

And here’s yet another one, Carolyn’s Dark Champagne (find her on Ravelry as carolyni).

Carolyn's Dark Champagne

Another elegant and timeless version of this design, knitted in a simple, bright colorway that really allows the texture to shine. Carylon also used beads for the very same reasons – a wonderful addition!

But although both shawls look similar, this one is worked in an entirely different yarn. Classic Sock by Lola-Doodle, a classy fingering Merino/Nylon blend that’s a perfect choice for this pattern.

Carolyn's Dark Champagne


Taking another look at both shawls, I really think Jill and Carolyn have been sisters in mind! 🙂 Thank you so much, the two of you, for allowing me to show your awesome projects and use your photos here on the blog!

Do you feel like casting on for your own Dark Champagne? Join us in the KAL! Knitting in company is much more fun. 🙂