Introducing … the Contentment Shawl!

Contentment Shawl

The Contentment Shawl is a pretty one-skein crescent-shaped shawl that is worked from the bottom up with a pretty lace border reminiscent of the lace pattern of the Contentment Cowl. The stockinette stitch body is shaped with short rows and finishes with … Continue reading

Introducing … the Indulgence Wrap!

Indulgence Wrap

The Indulgence Wrap is the third pattern in the Winter Comfort Collection. This silky soft rectangular wrap is a truly indulgent shawl to wrap around the shoulders on a cold evening. Designed in a silk and merino DK weight yarn, this wrap drapes beautifully and … Continue reading

Changing Colours When Knitting Stripes 101

8 Simple Stripes Shawls

Knitting patterns that include different colour yarns make for beautiful projects. But does changing yarn colours make you nervous even with simple stripes? Don’t be nervous. Jump right in and choose the technique for changing colours that works best for you! … Continue reading

Another New Release!

Say hello to the Sweet Summer Shawl!

I so enjoyed working with SweetGeorgia Yarns CashSilk Lace on my Heavenly Cowl pattern that I just had to work with another SweetGeorgia Yarn. And so the Sweet Summer Shawl was born. It is designed in SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Fine and is shown here in the Mist colourway.

The Sweet Summer Shawl is knit in one piece from one end to the other. The lace edging is knit along with the body of the shawl. It is not sewn or knitted on later. It’s easy peasy! To start, fewer than 20 stitches are cast on and increases are worked every several rows for the first half of the shawl. Then decreases are worked every several rows in the second half to bring the stitch count back to the same number of stitches that were cast on. The body of the shawl is garter stitch. The lace stitches that are used are knit, k2tog, yo. So simple!

One skein of fingering or sock yarn is all that is needed to make this beautiful shawlette. The size is adjustable, depending on how much yarn is used. Weigh the yarn ahead of time, using a small kitchen scale. Half will be used for the increase section and half will be used for the decrease section. While knitting the increase section, weigh the remaining yarn every now and then to make sure that no more than half the yarn is used up before beginning the decrease section.

I also knitted the pattern with a skein of Malabrigo Yarn Sock to see what size shawlette it would make. I was able to do one more increase section and one more decrease section than the pattern calls for, making a slightly larger shawlette. So, no matter how much yarn is in the skein that you choose to use – the pattern can be adjusted to suit.

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Happy knitting!

Michelle

Hot Right Now!

It’s time for a new release – and this is a hot one!

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The Lacy Lady Shawlette is now available. It’s part of the Lacy Lady Collection along with the Lacy Lady Scarf. It was released yesterday and today it’s trending on Ravelry.com. It made it into the ‘Hot Right Now’ pattern list!

I hope you like this one. It’s another 1 skein Malabrigo Arroyo project and it’s a quick and easy knit. Thank you to my test knitters!! You can read their comments here.

Happy knitting!

Michelle

Following A Theme

I’m having so much fun working with Malabrgio Arroyo on the Lacy Lady patterns. The Lacy Lady Scarf pattern is available now. The Lacy Lady Shawlette pattern is still being tested. Both are designed for one skein of Arroyo. These pieces were born from one small lace stitch pattern and once a theme emerges, there’s no stopping it!

My two samples of the Lacy Lady Scarf shown above are done in Candombe and Azules. The shawlette swatch (isn’t it cute?) is done in Plomo. And the third photo shows a sneak peek of my shawlette sample done in Borraja. Gorgeous colour, right?

I still have a couple more colours of Arroyo waiting to become something beautiful. Hmmm… what could be next? Stay tuned!

Michelle

December Knitting

I haven’t made much progress with my design work this month. I’ve been busy with gift knitting. Along with a few Bestie Beanies, I knitted Amy Miller’s Pendulum as a birthday gift for my mom (remember this one from my ‘I wish I had time to knit this‘ list?). I completely enjoyed working this pattern. It makes for perfect TV knitting – rows and rows of garter stitch, but interesting stripes done with short rows. I don’t usually like to knit to a deadline, but this was very enjoyable knitting! The beautiful Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light that I used for this shawl was also a delight.

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Here’s my Ravelry project page. I read the many comments from other knitters about modifications that they made to the pattern. I did not make any modifications. I knit it exactly as written (that’s the designer in me – I trust the pattern instructions – and I want to keep it authentic). The increase edges were not too tight as many others experienced, but then I am not a tight knitter and I was careful to work the increases very loosely. This was my first experience with what I will call ‘real’ blocking. I stretched that top edge out as tightly as I could, all the while worrying that I was hurting it in some way, but it worked like magic. The shaping is beautiful.

I really should get back to work on the several designs I have on the go, but I loved working on the pendulum shawl so much that I’ve already started a second one! Maybe I’ll get back to work next week. We’ll see.

Michelle