shawl

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.

Eyelet and Picot Shawlette

I tackled knitting a top-down crescent shawlette, beginning with a garter tab cast on, to practice using different colors and experimenting with texture. I had knit a top-down crescent shawlette previously the week before but without the garter tab cast-on and the difference between using the tab and not using it is worlds away. The tab border is neater and helps hold the shawl shape in place better. The shawlette is just long enough to wrap around the neck as a scarf and if I had a shawl broach, it could sit comfortably on the shoulders.

I used 100% wool on size 4 needles. The yarn is super scratchy (but warm) so I'll probably re-knit this yarn using better wool (maybe alpaca?) I have to practice blocking my picots better but I am really happy with how this shawlette came out.

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. 

Kikyou Shawl

I'm having fun getting creative and more elaborate with my shawls and I'm really happy with how this one turned out. This is meant to be a sister shawl to the Sakura Shawl that was shown recently, keeping in the theme of Japanese flowers. So this one is named the Kikyou (Bellflower) Shawl.

Photos @ Roston Willis

Can you see the bellflower motif?

This shawl was constructed the same way the Sakura shawl was: first working on the edging then knitting bottom-up on the body. The finishing touch was a picot edging at the top.

100% Wool

My biggest shawl to date

Picot bind-off, stockingette body, bottom lace edging.

This shawl took about a week to knit, most of it was spent working on the bottom edging. It was one of the more complex patterns I had ever knitted, especially the bellflower lace in the middle. Also, this was crafted using the thinnest yarn I have ever worked with, a step down from the fingering yarn that I'm used to working with! I'm glad the hard work paid off, I'm really proud of this shawl. And yes, the pre-made shawl is for sale, if you are interested.

Sakura Shawl 桜 (Pre-made for Sale!)

I've made three variation of this shawl within the past two months and finally I can show some better pictures of it.

The first variation I made was actually a shawlette/wrap, that could be held in the front with a button. Unfortunately, I don't have any good pictures of it, so you will have to take my word for it that it was rather cute.

The second variation is a full length shawl, using the same yarn as the shawlette. I gave that one to my mother as a good-bye present. This shawl was crafted using Mini Mochi yarn, one of my favorite yarns to work with.

The third one was made using a blend of merino wool and silk, and let me say that this shawl is so soft, light, fluffy and warm! It is also super smooth and it drapes beautifully. 

Also, this shawl going onto the market for $150, free shipping and handling. It will be on this website for a few days before going onto Etsy. This is a one time deal of getting this shawl in this yarn content as the rest will be either in merino wool, gradation wool, or pure silk. Remember, commissions are (generally) cheaper than pre-made items! 

For those who don't know, Sakura is Japanese for Cherry Blossom. Of course I had to make a shawl based off that.

Seashells Shawl

I honestly want to call this "Sally Sells Seashells by the Seashore Shawlette", but I think that name was too long.

This is a crescent shawl knitted bottom up. This pattern was created out of frustration when my original idea of knitting a crescent version of the Lovely Leaves shawl didn't work out (because that shawl is knitted from the top down, and knitting lace patterns upside down produce vastly different results. I've read that there is a way to reverse some lace patterns but I haven't found out yet). I didn't want to waste my yarn despite having used it over and over again so after a swatch of testing out this new pattern, I gave it a go. I used a garter stitch pattern for the main body after the shell lace border which I've never really used in my knitting. I was quite pleased with the result! I still need to do more reading and research (and experimentation) into what goes into designing shawls, but I think I'm a good way there. I'll be writing up this pattern soon to post onto Raverly.

Images @ Athena Danoy

I've got a few people interested in me knitting this particular shawlette for them which I am happy to do so. If you are really serious about it, email me and we can start talking about time frame and pricing. I am moving to Japan in a few weeks time (hopefully), so any extra form of income would help me out greatly!