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Apr 232013

Amortentia shawl

The most powerful Love Potion in the Harry Potter world, Amortentia causes powerful infatuation or obsession in the drinker. It manifests as a different aroma to each who drinks it, recalling one’s favorite person, place or thing.

Indulge your own deep love by knitting your Amortentia shawl with a favorite color or irresistible yarn. This shawl is cast on with many stitches at the ruffled edge, which is knit with optional beads for extra sparkle and weight. By the end of the ruffle, the number of stitches is reduced by 2/3, then like the twists and turns of love, the edging and body are divided by a garter ridge, and the stitch pattern reverses itself into a wide rib. The long and narrow body is knit with short rows to the top edge, and finished with simple garter stitch. Instructions for two sizes are given, and differ only in the frequency of the short rows.

Irresistible looking from both sides, Amortentia is meant to be the embodiment of everything you love.

Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, knit/purl, beading (optional; prestrung and crochet hook methods, with link to tutorial), decreasing, short rows.

Size: S (L); approximately 62” wingspan and 9 (16)” depth.

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino (51% silk, 49% merino; 150 yards/50g): 2 (3) skeins; S shown in Unknown Lavender, and L shown in Amoroso. The Silky Merino grows substantially when blocked, and makes a very drapey luxe shawl. For a similar result, choose a single ply yarn with significant silk or other non-springy fiber content.

Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (2); Size 6/0 seed beads (350), optional; 1.25mm crochet hook for placing beads; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 st and 28 rows/4″ in K3P1 Rib, after blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   

Amortentia wrapped   Amortentia Amorosa

What I Did On My Spring Vacation 2013

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Apr 152013

It’s been so colorless and cold for so long in the mid-Atlantic; it was great to get away to the beach in south Florida.

I’m a grey lover, but even I am tired of being surrounded by dry grasses and bare branches for 5 months. I’ve been embracing color lately – more about that in future posts – and I definitely see some cerulean, aqua and verdigris in my future. Maybe in combination with dolphin grey and sand beige.

sand pipers




And lest all these lovely blues and greens proved too much for me, I brought along as my WIP the large version of my upcoming Cauldron shawl, knit in these brownish tones of Redwood Bark Silky Merino. Kind of coordinates nicely!

Cauldron sneaky peek