Lurlene

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Jul 142015
 
Lurlene

Lurlene is a flirty belle, not complicated but eye-catchingly engaging and pretty. This one-skein crescent shawlette is worked sideways in garter stitch, beginning and ending with a few stitches. Decorative eyelets frame the stockinette short row godets which shape the curving lower edge, and look lovely on both sides. Lurlene is part of Three Belles & One Beau, a collection featuring three diverse sideways shawls with short row details, plus one simple sideways textured wrap. Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, short rows. This pattern includes a link to my short row tutorials. Size: 50” wingspan and 12” depth. Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% merino wool; 420 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Baltic.The sample as written used approximately 375 yards of fingering weight yarn, but any amount may be used. Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (3); Yarn needle. Gauge: 22 st and 28 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 22 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch after blocking. Gauge is not critical for . . .

The Vizier’s Daughter

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Jan 012015
 
The Vizier's Daughter

Scheherazade, the Vizier’s Daughter, is the legendary storyteller of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. She agrees to spend one night with the king, a tyrant who has married and the next day beheaded a virgin one thousand times already, in anger and vengeance over finding that his first wife had been unfaithful to him. At nightfall, Scheherazade begins a story, which she stops mid-tale at dawn. Enthralled by the narrative, the king spares her life until the next night, when she finishes the story and begins another, again pausing at dawn. And so it goes for 1001 nights, until she tells him she has no more stories, during which time the king has fallen in love with her and begat their three sons. Kinder and wiser, he spares her life and makes her his queen. This one skein shawl is knit sideways with a garter stitch body and narrow bottom edge, and features sinuous lace along the lower curve. The decorative motif recalls the arabesques of Islamic surface decoration, based on linear patterns of . . .

What I Did On My Spring Vacation 2013

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Apr 152013
 
What I Did On My Spring Vacation 2013

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. 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!    

Picabeau

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Feb 182013
 
Picabeau

Picabeau is a crescent shaped small shawl, with asymmetrical construction that first increases and then decreases in a gently curved shape. The diagonal development is highlighted by regular rows of YOs that swoop across the shawl and create visual movement. One luscious skein is all that is required for this versatile and wearable accessory; instructions are given to make the shawl using any amount of yardage. Techniques & Skills Used: knit, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, picots. Size: one size, approximately 60” along bottom curve and 8” center depth, after blocking. Yarn: String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock (80% superwash merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 400 yards); 1 skein shown in Light Teal. Sample used 348 yards; see Designer’s Notes for suggestions to adjust for different yardage. Other Materials: US 6 24” circular needle; Yarn needle. Gauge:  20 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.         

5 Short Row Shawls

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Jan 312013
 
5 Short Row Shawls

And thus ends my season-long exploration of shaping small shawls through the non-traditional use of short rows. With the publication of the fifth and final design, I have now also collected Triangulate, Piewhacket, Rondelay, Aerophile, and Rufflebye into an ebook collection; see them all together as 5 Short Row Shawls on Ravelry.  

Rufflebye

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Jan 312013
 
Rufflebye

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 . . .

Aerophile

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Jan 172013
 
Aerophile

Aerophile is a one-skein garter shawl with narrow wings that stretch wide like a soaring bird which loves to fly. Each wing is knit using short rows from a provisionally cast on central spine, while the scalloped top edge is created by casting on additional stitches every six rows. After both wings are complete, a super-picot edging binds off the live stitches along the bottom edge. Choose a beautiful yarn as the focus of the shawl, and let the uncomplicated ground and simple textural edgings highlight the fiber. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, backwards loop CO, knit, increasing, short rows. Size: one size;approximately 52” wingspan and 18” depth from top edge to bottom point. Yarn: Dream In Color Smooshy (100% merino), 450 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Deep Seaflower. Sample used approximately 425 yards of fingering weight yarn. Other Materials: US 6 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO and stitch holder; Yarn needle. Gauge: 20 st and 40 rows/4″ in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not . . .

Sneaky peeking at Rufflebye

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Jan 072013
 
Sneaky peeking at Rufflebye

Everyone knows those ruffle shawls knit sideways with a short row edging; they may have been done to death, but that’s because they’re awesomely easy and cute. That sort of construction is just my sort of thing, too – garter, short rows, a lovely skein of sock yarn. Sadly it’s getting more difficult for me to find the time to knit OPP’s* or projects just for myself, particularly while in the midst of this shawl series. No point in re-designing what already exists, in plenty. Then I remembered the lovely and maddening skein of Indigodragonfly MCN Sock; the one that I’ve knit up twice and it’s still Not Quite Right. While I’ve certainly been trying, the right design hasn’t been coming – through no fault of the yarn, of course, which is luscious and dark and delightful in the fangy colorway My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial (Buffy). It’s just the sort of yarn you want near your neck; just the sort of shade that blends many colors into one and shows best in simple garter. . . .

Nov 282012
 
First Snowfall

Almost a full month later than last year’s Halloween Snowtober, autumn 2012 segued into winter with an all day light snow here in the Delaware Valley. I was hoping for a shawl photoshoot, but snow days themselves are typically grey and dark. This morning, however, was beautiful. I love when leaves and berries are poking out from under cover.    Unfortunately my lovely model is in school during the day, and the sun doesn’t come around the mountain where we live until after 9 a.m. – even if I could convince her to get up early. So a couple unmodeled shots are the best I could do. On the bright side, it’s fun to concentrate on landscape colors and how they can complement the knit; also, no fee negotiation means more dollars toward yarn!  

Nov 132012
 
Rondelay

Rondelay is a one-skein garter shawl constructed from three sequential half rounds or rondels, which grow from cast on stitches using short rows and strategically placed radial YO increases. Each rondel builds upon the previous one, creating a finished semi-circular shape that drapes beautifully as it wraps around the shoulders. Designed to show off the colors of a variegated or hand dyed skein, Rondelay looks equally fantastic in a solid color. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit, short rows. Size: one size; approximately 50” length along top edge and 9” depth at widest part of rondel. Yarn: Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% superwash merino, 440 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Indiecita. Sample used approximately 410 yards of light fingering weight yarn. Other Materials: US 6 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Yarn needle. Gauge: 18 st and 36 rows/4” in garter 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, . . .