Chrysanthemum Shawl Beta Release

This week I’m bringing you a special treat—a free pattern! The Chrysanthemum Shawl is one of my latest collaboration pieces. This one is between the talented Amelia Putri, of Papiput Yarns, and me!

Amelia Putri has the amazing title of being Indonesia’s FIRST independent yarn dyer. Her mission is to introduce knitting to her community, and introduce the knitting community to Indonesian culture. We have both been huge admirers of each other’s work, so a collaboration was bound to happen.

Amelia’s contribution, to this project, is a skein of her wonderfully fabulous Silky Merino lace-weight yarn: 766 yards of soft, silky goodness. Even better, she created a special colorway for this collaboration that we named Ayu Wahine, “Beautiful Woman”, a combination of Japanese and Maori words.

The resulting piece is the Chrysanthemum Shawl, an all-over lace piece featuring four different lace patterns coming together to form a painting of elegance, grace and beauty. Pair it up with your favorite skeins of lace-weight yarn and you’ll have an eye-catching shawl, which you’ll always want to wear.

The Chrysanthemum flower represents optimism and joy, two values that both Amelia and I hold dear! May this shawl bring you joy and positivity, as well as beauty, to your handmade wardrob!

A beta pattern means that the pattern has not been tested or edited, but pattern support is still available—email me if you have any questions or problems! The pattern will be available for free on my website until April 15th, by which time it will have been tech edited, corrected, and made available for purchase on Ravelry. 

Beta No Longer Available

And Special giveaway! You can also enter to win a skein of Papiput’s Silky Merino in Ayu Wahine! Just follow the rules below to be entered in! Giveaway ends April 8th.

Pata Shawl in Creative Knitting

Well, here it is! Another pattern in a magazine! At the beginning of 2015, I made it one of my goals to get at least one of my patterns into a knitting publication, and at the beginning of 2016, my managed to surpass that goal by getting three patterns accepted. One in Chicago Knits, Holla Knits! and now Creative Knitting. It wasn't all sunshine and roses, though, I had received way more rejections than acceptances but I'm learning what makes a good submission proposal and what gets me immediately in the rejection pile. 

But that is not what you are here for! You came here because you heard that I have a free pattern somewhere. And that I do indeed. Introducing the Pata Shawl!

Can you see the "water drops" in the leaves?

Pata is Maori for "drop of water", based off of the little bobbles in the lace resembling droplets. This is a crescent shawl with the same top-down construction as the Puaka Shawlette - yarn over increases are worked every row to achieve the shape. Blocking it helps stretch it into the proper form but even when the fabric relaxes (as it did in the sample photos here), it still makes for an elegant piece.

This shawl was chosen as the featured pattern of Creative Knitting's Spring Issue, meaning that it was selected for CK's upcoming KAL, starting this Friday. And as the featured pattern, it is being offered for free for a limited time. So if you download the pattern, consider also joining in on the KAL (pretty please, I'm sure it would make Kara, the editor, happy)!

1. Visit CreativeKnittingMagazine.com and click on the “Featured Pattern” tab. There, you'll find the Pata Shawl, available for as long as the summer 2016 issue is on the newsstand. Click “download,” and it's yours for free! 

2. Visit Annie's to purchase Plymouth Baby Alpaca Lace or Plymouth Linaza in the color of your choice. 

3. On January 22nd, visit the Creative Knitting Fans Group on Ravelry to get started.

Mizu Shawlette - Beta Release and giveaway

Imagine going out for a quaint stroll through the woods: the trees are lush and full with richly colored leaves, the air is fresh and cool, and you can hear a babbling brook not too far off. The sunlight filters through the tree-tops, dancing across your face, but an unexpected gust of wind blows through, sending goosebumps across your skin.

Thankfully you brought along your most recent finished object, a light yet warm and cozy crescent shawl, the Mizu shawlette. A simple one-skein wonder project, but not without sophistication and grace. The body of the shawlette is worked up in sections of stockinette, divided by a fine line of slip stitches, for textural and visual interest. And to finish the design, a delicate and airy lace pattern, resembling water drops dripping off of leaves after a summer storm.

You wrap it around you and continue on your way...

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more."

-   Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, 1818

Due to the simplicity of the design, the pattern works well with colorful and busy color-ways and by using the slip stitches as a guiding point, can also be used with gradient yarns as well. However, it truly shines with semi-solid or solid colorways, such as Frida Fuchs yarns. 

This design was made in collaboration with Frida Fuchs yarns, an independent yarn maker located in Germany, headed by the two talented sisters, Jana and Julia. The yarn base is a simple superwash merino, named Hosenmatz, but like the design, which is simple in its conception, the final result is a warm and cozy shawlette with amazing drape and flow. Knit it up in Frida Fuchs's more luxurious yarn base, Schnieke, a merino and silk blend, for shine and silkiness. You can watch/read my review of Hosenmatz here.

I'm releasing the beta of the pattern as a free download until November 13th. The final version, which will include photos, any corrections and clarification, will be released November 20th. If you download the pattern, please add it to your favs on Ravelry! That would be super rad.

Edit: so I know I said that pattern support isn't provided for betas, but I'm making an adjustment to this. Pattern support is now provided for betas! So if you are stumped, email me away.

Beta is no longer available.

Please sign up for the Newsletter for Knitters so you can receive notification of the official release (and you'll get a free download of the SeaShell Shawl)!

Edit: thank you all for your patience in regards to downloading the pattern. Hopefully this will no longer give you anymore issues.


But that's not all! I'm also giving away one skein of Frida Fuchs Hosenmatz in the colorway Blaumohn as well as a copy of the final version of the Mizu Shawlette! The winner will be announced November 14th.
To enter, just follow the instructions below!
 Win this delicious hank of yarn and a copy of the final version of the pattern!

Win this delicious hank of yarn and a copy of the final version of the pattern!



Pattern Release: Arius Shawl

It's out! It's out! The Arius Shawl is now live on Ravelry! I want to give a huge thanks to my test knitters for their invaluable feedback and lovely FOs. The Arius Shawl pattern is currently available in English and Dutch (with Spanish and French translations coming soon!).

About the Pattern

The Arius Shawl is the sister pattern to the Caprius Shawl. This shawl is knit bottom-up, using double decreases and single increases to shape the shawl into its asymmetrical shape, that slants to the left. While the cast-on and first couple of sections require a large amount of stitches, the knitting goes faster and faster the more you knit. The shawl features an eyelet section paired up with a pop of color in the form of miniature bobbles on a stockinette background. Use a neutral color for the background and a bright, bubbly, vivid, fun color for the bobble strands! Get creative!

Yarns Used

  • Background color: 3 skeins of Woolfolk TYND, colorway 6
  • Contrast Color: 1 skein of Shibui Staccato Raspberry

Yardage

  • 600 yards of BC
  • 70 yards of CC

Needle: Size 5 (3.75mm). A needle with a sharp/pointed end is highly recommended in order to work the bobbles. If you have trouble working the bobbles, use a needle size smaller than what is used. 

Gauge: 24 sts = 4”, (gauge is not crucial to this project; however, differing gauges will require different amounts of yarn)

Once again I used Woolfolk yarn for this project, as I had also used their fingering weight base for the Caprius Shawl. I love Woolfolk's yarn for the softness and the drape of the fabric after it is blocked. For working the bobble section, since you do not need a lot of yarn for those rows, you can easily use scrap yarns that you have lying around in your stash! Some of my test knitters knit each bobble section in different colors - you can also use variegated, heathered, self-striping yarns for an extra touch of flair, but the final decision of what yarns you want to incorporate into your project is up to you! 

You can easily substitute the yarn for any other wool or merino wool or blend. Cotton works as well, so that you can have an elegant shawl for the summer.


You can get the Arius Shawl 15% off this weekend only by using the coupon code ARIUS15 upon checkout. (P.S. Subscribers to my newsletter get even bigger discounts on patterns!). Click here to head over the to pattern page and get it for yourself! (Favs and adding to queues are also very much appreciated!)

Stay tuned to see some of the test knitters' FOs!

Entrelacement Shawl

This shawl was a custom design order for a Christmas present (how thoughtful!). While I used my usual shawl construction in this design, I focused on incorporating cables instead of the usual lace. 

The border is comprised of three sets of cable patterns. On each edge is a plaid cable, made so they run in opposite directions of each other. This frames the main cable pattern, four cable lines weaving in and out of each other. Stitches are picked up from one side of the border and the main body is knit in stockinette. Before binding off, a fews rows of garter stitch is knit to prevent curling and to add some texture. Shawl was then blocked and weaves tucked in. 

The client wanted a shawl that would be both beautiful and warm. I was originally just going to knit the Bellflower shawl with thicker yarn, but later opted on designing something new and with cables, since cables pack more warmth than lace does. I also used fine merino wool, the finer the yarn, the warmer it is, especially paired up with the right sized needles. This ensures the shawl to trap and retain heat better.

The pattern is now available for purchase on-site or on Raverly.

Rayon de Soleil Shawlette

I've been busy working on Christmas commissions but today I'm going to take a quick break to share some photos and details of a new pattern I plan on releasing soon. I've finally come up with a name for it: "Rayon de Soleil" (French for Sunbeam). This shawlette is crafted with fingering weight yarn in two different colors: a bright or bold yellow and a somber and darker shade of another color (blue, gray, green), to provide a contrast in moods between the sunbeams and the earthly tones.

It's a very simple and basic design: alternating sections of stockinette stitch and eyelets on a garter stitch background, finished with a small garter stitch section, bound off with picots. This shawlette was originally a study in top-down crescent shawl shaping and construction, and I'm very happy with how it came out. I expect to be using this shawl shape some more in the future.

I really enjoy the beauty of simple stitches, as much as I love knitting intricate cables or lace patterns. My favourite designers know how to take simplicity into sophistication, with a combination of using different colors, changing the textures in the shawls as they grow and interesting shawl shapes. That's what I hope to do in the upcoming year.

I'm still working on the pattern for this shawl, but once the draft is finished, I'll be calling for test knitters!