Today I’ve released my latest pattern, Andrea – a smallish shawl/scarf knit in superbulky yarn. For my prototype I used Patons Fab Big Colour – this is an 100% acrylic yarn, and I don’t usually use acrylics – but the colour of this yarn spoke to me when I spied it sitting proudly amongst the other yarns at John Lewis’, and I had to have it. Originally it was going to be a cowl, but I suspected that the yarn would be just too stiff to be drapey in cowl form.
For gift knitting in the run up to Christmas, this is the perfect pattern! Although I’d knit most of my prototype, I had to rip it all out because I suspected I would run out of yarn (I was right!), but when I restarted, I actually knit the whole thing in a matter of hours – so this makes Andrea perfect for a last minute gift. The yarn I used for my prototype was very budget-friendly, but the pattern would work really well in a yarn made of natural fibres, which although likely to be slightly more expensive, will also stretch more during blocking, making a slightly bigger shawl.
Although this is a bit too small to wear as a proper shawl, it makes a fantastic accessory indoors draped around your shoulders to ward off chills, or worn scarf-like. I’m planning an order of Drops Andes to make several more in different colours!
Here I am looking moody, wearing my Andrea in a more scarf-like fashion!
So, if you need a last minute gift idea, head over to my Ravelry store now!
Nell was released earlier this week, and can be found in my Ravelry store here, with a special 25% discount up until midnight GMT on Tuesday 1st July.
The pattern is written to use 200 g of DK weight yarn. I made two versions, one in Babylonglegs Semi~Precious DK merino/silk blend in Auld Gold; and a pink version (which I’ve blogged about before) in Rowan Luxury Cotton DK in Slipper. I love both versions equally – the pink for the cool heaviness of the yarn, and the gold for the depth of colour and sheen. As a design, I’m so pleased with how it turned out.
The construction of the shawl is easy – the body is knit in garter stitch, and the pleated edging is knit on sideways to the live body stitches, and shaped with short rows, but even so, there’s nothing particularly complicated in the execution of it, which makes this a suitable project for beginners wanting to challenge themselves.
I’ve organised a KAL (knitalong) in my Ravelry group (yes, I went ahead and created my own group), starting on Tuesday 1st July. Sign-ups are here. Participants uploading a photo of their finished shawl by 17th August will be entered into a prize draw – I have some yarn to give away and hopefully a few other little goodies.
What are you waiting for? Come and sign up!
So here at last is my shawl – I’ve been suffering from an inflamed tendon in my wrist over the past couple of weeks, so progress has been slow. Now that I’m finally finished, I am so so happy with how this has turned out – but that hasn’t stopped me from thinking about a slightly different version. You can’t really see from the pictures below, but Nell is almost heart-shaped – and I’m thinking that by spacing the increases out differently I could make a more crescenteric version. This version was knit with Rowan Luxury Cotton DK, which has 104 yards/50 g. I used just under four skeins. I just have to finish writing up the pattern (or, more accurately, put the chart together) and then I’m going to put it up for testing. I can see this made in a variety of yarn weights, so that’s what I’ll be looking for in test mode. I rather fancy doing a laceweight version myself, but I just don’t have time at the moment.
This really was a very simple knit – the pleated edging is a simple combination of knit and purl stitches, with some yarn overs and a few short rows thrown in for good measure. It is, however, quite labour intensive, as the edging is knit sideways onto the body of the shawl, but the pattern isn’t complicated and once you get the hang of it you can complete one pattern repeat very quickly.
You’ll have to excuse my fat, wobbly arms in these photos – there’s not enough Photoshop in the world to make them look any better!
Look out for the pattern coming soon in my Ravelry store!