Introducing … Mom’s Shawl!

I decided to knit a pretty shawl for my mom’s birthday recently. She is definitely knit worthy because she loves and wears everything I knit for her. Today, I am sharing the pattern that resulted from this project: Mom’s Shawl. This is a top-down crescent-shaped garter shawl with contrasting stripes. It’s very easy to complete and stripes always make a knitting project go faster, right?

This shawl is designed in two colours of Malabrigo Mechita, a wonderful superwash fingering-weight wool. One full skein of the main colour is required (Eggplant is what I used) and about 150 yards of a contrasting colour (Sandbank).

Knitting, increasing, and changing colours are the only skills required. Oh, and blocking of course. Block that top edge tightly to get a straight edge. If you’re looking for tips on changing colours, take a look at my tutorial: Changing Colours When Knitting Stripes 101.

Get 30% off this pattern until January 22nd, with coupon code stripes. Purchase via Ravelry: Mom’s Shawl.

Introducing … Lovely Eyelets!

Lovely Eyelets is a another sideways asymmetrical, or bias, shawl that is very similar to 8 Simple Stripes. It is also worked from one corner point to the opposite edge in garter stitch. The same increase (kfb) and decrease (k2tog) stitches are used to … Continue reading

Introducing … 8 Simple Stripes!

8 Simple Stripes hanging

8 Simple Stripes is a sideways asymmetrical, or bias, shawl that is worked from one corner point to the opposite edge. Easy increase (kfb) and decrease (k2tog) stitches are alternated to create a soft triangular shape. The interesting stripe pattern … Continue reading

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights For The Week of April 6

When spring arrives, my mind turns to shawl design. So I’ve been noticing some beautiful new shawl patterns lately. Here are some of my top favourites of the week: Laura Aylor‘s triangular sport-weight Rorqual is shown in Madelinetosh Pashmina on the pattern page. … Continue reading

A Touch of Royalty

It’s time for a new pattern release, just in time for the holidays. It’s the Royal Cowl pattern!

The Royal Cowl is made up of alternating cable stitches which creates a dense, textured, and warm fabric. The pattern also uses a new cast on technique and a new bind off. The i-cord cast on and the i-cord bind off each make a formal, structured bottom and top edge, making this a truly royal looking cowl! I love these neat and tidy, symmetrical edges. The pattern contains easy to follow instructions for the cast on and bind off. It also includes a photo tutorial for grafting the i-cords ends making the seam on each truly invisible. Watch for the tutorial on this blog in the coming weeks.

As always, it’s the yarn that makes each of my patterns. This time I used Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted. It is a wool, silk, and cashmere blend which is critical to comfort for anything worn around the neck, right? The colours shown in the photos above are Tart, Antique Lace (my favourite!), and Cousteau.

Thank you to my wonderful Royal Cowl testers: MDQuilter, JStockert, Birdsrus, NokNoy, HotCraftyGirl, meg7219, and nj2 – check out their cowls here.

It’s not too late to get one last Christmas knitted gift done – happy holiday knitting!

Michelle