In Japan, summer is over and autumn is immediately making itself known by sending in the windy chills, leaves are changing color and the days are slowly but surely getting shorter. On the upside, it's perfect knitting season to prep those warm and cozy knits to bundle up in! And my newest pattern release is perfect for the Fall Season: the Keep Austin Warm Shawl.
This shawl was made in collaboration with Hill Country Weavers, a local yarn shop located in Austin, Texas. This quaint and very unique shop is very special to me: it's where I started my knitting journey!
When I moved to Japan last year, I never expected that they would be following my growth as a designer. However that changed when I found out that they had made a store sample of my Caprius Shawl and had presented it at yarn and fiber festivals in Texas! They also sell kits of the Arius Shawl, the sister pattern to Caprius!
The cherry on top of this really flattering and humbling experience was when they asked me to design something with their yarns for the upcoming Hill Country Weavers Yarn Crawl, an annual event when many LYS in Texas get together for a massive Yarn Crawl. Each participating store will be providing their own special designs for the event and I am so happy to have been able to participate and contribute in some way!
And thus "Keep Austin Warm" was born! A play on the “Keep Austin Weird” slogan, it draws inspiration from the city itself for the design. The triangular shape and fringe evokes the cowboy bandana, the lace mimics the thistles and wild plant life native to the area, and the stripe stockinette section drawing from modern fashion. Knit up in Worsted weight yarn, the end result is a large and swooping shawl, perfect for the adventurer in all of us.
This shawl was worked up in “Kaybee’s Twist”, Hill Country Weaver’s first house yarn!
HCW explains their new yarn beautifully:
"When HCW had the opportunity to create an exclusive yarn for the store, we knew exactly what it should be — a Texas merino and mohair blend. And we knew what to call it — Kaybee’s Twist, as it combines both Texas history and personal history with a gentle twist of fiber.
You’ll love the loosely twisted 2-ply that mimics handspun in texture and creates a soft fabric that drapes easily at looser gauges, while giving substance to tighter ones."
The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry, LoveKnitting and Craftsy. And this weekend only, get the pattern 15% off! Use the code KAWSHAWL15 at checkout.
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