March 20, 2015
Over the past five years, I have had the pleasure of working with designers from around the world who have incorporated Skein into their designs. With shawl season fast approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to highlight a few of these designs.
Barndom by Stephen West which featured Top Draw Sock in the Hazel colourway. This wonderful design has all the features of an enjoyable and easy project - garter stitch, slipped stitches and stripes! The great part about striped shawls is selecting the colours, make it bright and full of contrast or soft and neutral. Whatever the case this shawl is a lot of fun to knit and wear.
Zébulon by Ariane Caron-Lacoste, this pattern was first released in 2011 and featured Vintage Lace in the colourway Quill. Although Vintage Lace is no longer available it can be substituted with our Silk Merino Lace. The design features easy lace stitches, which would be great for those who have yet to try lace knitting, and it only requires one skein! I love the light, open feel of this shawl, it really is a perfect spring time accessory.
Miss Woodhouse by Paulina Popiolek which featured Merino Silk Sport in the colourway Silver Rose (very similar to Mademoiselle). This stunning lace shawl is for those who want a bit of a challenge, designed for intermediate to advanced knitters this shawl features short rows, patterning on both sides and cables. It truly is beautiful and would make a wonderful wedding shawl or accessory for a special occasion.
Forellen by Playsweetmusic Design which featured Top Draw Sock in the colourway Sea Salt. Knitted sidewise, this shawl features a stockinette body, beautiful cable details and an i-cord edging. Its simple and modern with just the right amount of detail - I think it would look just as wonderful using a bright colour or using a contrast colour for the edging.
Before I go, I am delighted to announce the winner of the Darling Dotty shawl kit! Congratulations to Joanna Olson!! You win the Darling Dotty pattern by Libby Jonson and two skeins of Merino Silk Sport, your choice of colourway. I will get in contact with you to arrange your prize. Thank you to everyone who entered, I loved reading all your responses, and a big thanks to Libby for the pattern give-away. Don't forget to enter the Dale sock kit give-away - I'll be drawing a winner next Friday.
Have a wonderful weekend!
October 01, 2014 4 Comments
A few months ago, I created our newest colourways called 'speckle dyed'. I was very interested to see how these colours would knit up, so I took two skeins of the colourway 'Neon and Grey' off the shop and, at the very same time, spotted a new shawl design called Dotted Rays by Stephen West - perfect! I immediately cast on and over the course of the next few months, knitted happily away on this project. There's lots of short rows, comforting garter stitch and an easy to remember pattern - the perfect equation for chilled-out couch knitting. I have said this before but the speckled yarn is a delight to knit with: each stitch knits up into a new colour, which creates a knitted fabric that is lightly sprinkled with bright pops of colour; it's fun to watch which colour will appear next. As you can tell I had a lot of fun knitting this shawl, so much so that I'm almost sad to say that I have now finished. Almost sad, but very happy to have a wonderful new shawl to wear.
Pattern: Dotted Rays by Steven West
Yarn: Skein - Merino Cashmere Fingering in the colourway 'Neon and Grey' (two skeins)
Needle Size: 4mm/US6
Pattern notes: See here