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: . . .
The Knitscene Summer 2013 preview is up, including my laceweight, flutter sleeve design, the Sundial Tee. It requires just a few skeins of delicious Malabrigo Lace, which was the yarn I used to pitch the idea – and happily they went with it! It’s knit from the bottom up with shaping for a slim and sleek fit; lots of stockinette, light as a cloud and quick. Of course I never miss the opportunity to use short rows, and in this case they form the pretty, fluttery sleeve caps; a little bit of coverage, and just enough to make it more than a standard tank top. See it on Ravelry, or order a digital copy now from Knitscene.
A new take on the ruffle shawl, Rufflebye is worked sideways in three garter stitch wedges which cleverly intersect to change the direction of the knitting. Increases and decreases create the shape from tip to tip, while two sets of short rows throughout form the crescent shape and the gently ruffled edging. Techniques & Skills Used: knit, increasing/decreasing, short rows, long-tail CO. Size: 10” deep at center; 45” from tip to tip if pulled straight. Rufflebye forms a natural semi-circle and measures 40” along inner semi-circumference, and 72” along outer semi-circumference, measured without stretching. The 12-stitch ruffle is approximately 2.6” and begins as soon as there are enough stitches. Yarn: Indigodragonfly MCN Sock (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 375 yards/115g); 1 skein, shown in My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial (Buffy). See Designer’s Notes for instructions to adjust for different amounts of yarn. Other Materials: US 6 needles, or size to match gauge, Stitch markers (2 different), Yarn needle. Gauge: 22 st and 34 rows/4″ in garter stitch, after gentle blocking. Gauge is not critical . . .