Jun 032014

I never really think of myself as a lace knitter, either in terms of making things in delicate lace stitch patterns, or working with laceweight yarn. I do both of those things, though, and always forget how much I enjoy it. Katie Scarlett was a case in point; 800+ yards of bfl wool & silk, mostly lace ( I did sneak in a little short-row ruffle at the bottom, since that’s my favorite sort of thing) . . . And it was a rhythmic, easy knit, due in large part to the beautiful Artio Lace yarn from Wooly Wonka Fibers.

To spread the lace knitting love, I’m giving away a skein of Artio Lace in the shimmering Twelve Oaks colorway used in the sample, and dyed exclusively for the Heroines Shawl Club March kit, where Katie Scarlett debuted. The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry to everyone as of June 1, and for the next week will be 40% off with the coupon code FIDDLEDEEDEE. All purchasers will be entered into a random drawing to win the skein of Artio Lace pictured here, to make the shawl.

Katie Scarlett Artio Lace yarn

Contest runs from June 3 through June 9, 2014, and I’ll announce the winner on June 10. Tomorrow is another day – for lace knitting!

Katie Scarlett & Artio Lace

Katie Scarlett

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Jun 022014

Katie Scarlett Last Look | The Knitting Vortex

I unveiled Miss Scarlett in March; originally a Wooly Wonka Fibers 2014 Heroines Shawl Club exclusive, Katie Scarlett is now available as a pdf download.

The belle of the ball will always be Katie Scarlett O’Hara, the indomitable heroine of Gone With The Wind. Even dressed in a green velvet curtain, she is unapologetically flirtatious, enticing and captivating. This semi-circular shawl is worked from the top down in the shape of a hoopskirt like those worn by Miss Scarlett, using a beautiful wool and silk blend laceweight yarn. Four different lace patterns represent our heroine’s journey. Like her gentle upbringing, simple increases grow into a regular, small scale eyelet mesh, which becomes a swirling diagonal reflecting the tumultuous Civil War years, and finally straightens into strong vertical lines of hard edged diamonds just like her headstong and determined character. The knit-on ruffled edging is worked sideways in small short row sections and attached to the live stitches of the shawl, avoiding long rows and proving that perseverance will pay off. After all, tomorrow is another day.

Techniques & Skills Used: garter tab, cable CO, knit/purl, lace; this pattern is both written and partially charted for the lace patterns.
Size: 78” wingspan and 28” depth, after blocking.
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Artio Lace (80% Blue Faced Leicester wool, 20% silk; 875 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Twelve Oaks. Pattern requires 815 yards/93g; see Designer’s Notes for information on adjusting yardage.
Other Materials: US 5 (3.75mm) 40” circular needle; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Stitch markers; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 24 st and 30 rows/4” in Diamond Lines stitch pattern; 24 st and 32 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

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

Katie Scarlett arty view | The Knitting Vortex  Katie Scarlett back ruffle | The Knitting Vortex  Katie Scarlett diamond closeup | The Knitting Vortex