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Pattern Reveal - Aura Stole

Today is finally the day when I can reveal to you the secret project that has been in the works for the past couple of months! Introducing... The Aura Stole, an airy and light wrap, perfect for feeling one with the wind!

However, this project was not done alone! Everyday Peacocks made a matching "Aura Collection" of shawl pins and stitch markers. Here's a look into the gorgeous shawl pin. The pins and stitch markers will be available in five different colors.

The Aura Stole was also designed specifically for Julie Asselin's gradient yarn set, a lovely fingering base blend of merino wool and silk. The pattern will be released this Friday, July 17th, for $4.99, with pre-orders available on Everyday Peacocks' website for the Aura Collection.

Call for Test Knitters: Whakemārie

Whakamārie is a drop sleeve top with a center panel comprising of lace and cables on the front side. Waist shaping adds a flattering silhouette. The bottom portion of the top, depending on your measurements, may have negative to no ease, but the bust area allows for 4” of positive ease. Stitches are picking up for the arm bands for I-cord finishing and at the bottom of the garment, for the ribbing. Light and airy, this makes for a lovely summer top.

Yarn: Berroco Maya, Worsted weight 
Needles Used: US size 9 and 8. 
Notions: Cable needle, Stitch markers, stitch holders, row counter, tapestry needle, extra needle for three needle bind-off. 
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows per 4 inches 
Sizes: xss,m,l,xl,xxl - If possible, I would like to get a test knitter for each size! 
Finished measurements (in inches): 3236, 40, 44, 48, 52. Sample shown on model has 4” of positive ease.

I’m still figuring out the yardage, but I used 5 skeins for the s size.

Knitting techniques you need to know: Three needle bind-off, mattress stitch, picking up stitches, I-cord edging, cable, lace, lifted increases on both knit and purl sides, and decreases on both knit and purl sides.

Knitting level for this test: Advanced Intermediate.

Test Deadline: July 10th

Sign up for the test knit here or view the project page (and more images) here!

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.

Test Knitters Needed!

Calling out to all knitters! So you may have noticed that I have been rather slow on releasing my patterns. Well, my poor excuses are that I've been busy knitting updated versions of my older designs and making sure the patterns have been edited for mistakes (which is quite difficult). So I thought, why not ask for some help? If you have some extra yarn in your stash, have some free time and want a new project to work on, I do have some patterns for you! When you sign up for a project, you will be getting the pattern for free as all of these will be going on Raverly and Etsy for purchase.

I just need one person per pattern to knit and point out any problematic areas but the patterns are:

Sakura Shawl

Sakura Shawl

Sakura Shawl:
Difficulty level: Medium

Requires knowledge of short rows, working lace and picking up stitches.

Kikyou Shawl

Kikyou Shawl

Kikyou Shawl

Difficulty level: Medium

Requires knowledge of short rows, working intricate lace, picking up stitches and picot bind-off.

Kyokuro Boushi

Kyokuro Boushi

Kyokuro Boushi

Difficulty level: Advanced Beginner

Requires knowledge of knitting in the round, working cables.

Lovely Leaves Shawl

Lovely Leaves Shawl

Lovely Leaves Shawl

Difficulty level: Medium

Requires knowledge of working lace

If you are interested, contact me on my FB page or email me at fdanoy [at] gmail [dot] com. 

Kyokuro Boushi 曲路帽子

Yes, I knit two projects this week. The shawlette for a commission and before that another new design that I had been working on; the Kyokuro Boushi (Winding Road hat). To get anywhere where I live, you have to take a car through long, winding roads (that are bound to get you carsick at some point).

I knit this hat twice as the first draft had a couple of problems with the crown and spacing between cables. This hat is comprised of eyelets and cable patterns. The yarn I used was the Alpaca Melange (mentioned in my yarn stash post). Super soft, super stretchy and the yarn fluff adds a nice character to the hat.

Close up of the cables and eyelets.

Top view of the crown.

Happy me!

Happy me!

I hope to have the pattern up on Raverly soon: it will be offered for free for the first month that it is up. Commissions on this hat will be $45, including shipping and materials.