Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This just in: new shawl patterns!


Yarns By Design was delighted to receive three new shawl patterns this week!

First up is the Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston. Aestlight (which translates to "east light" in the Shetland dialect) is knit using a traditional Shetland construction. It begins with a garter stitch triangle increasing from the point outwards. Stitches are then easily picked up from the very visible yarn over loops along the edges and the border is worked outwards from the triangle. The shawl is finished with an edging that is knitted sideways and attached to the live stitches of the border as it is being worked.

The first pattern of two from designer Stephen West, Flamboyan is an elegant triangular shawl composed of garter and stockinette stitch along with a ribbed edge. Basic intarsia techniques are utilized to achieve a block of color in the center of the shawl. Also from Stephen West is Clockwork, an enjoyable striped garter stitch shawl/scarf, perfect for featuring two beautiful colors of yarn. Bold slipped stitch columns add structural interest while increases give this gear-inspired design a unique arched shape.

All three patterns suggest the use of fingering-weight yarn, and some of our favorites are Spud & Chloƫ Fine, Malabrigo Sock, Plymouth Happy Feet, Ella Rae Lace Merino and Noro Kureyon Sock. But, since these are shawls, any yarn weight can be substituted (keeping in mind that a finer weight yarn will result in a smaller finished object and a heavier weight yarn a larger one). YBD carries several lovely laceweights from Alpaca With a Twist's Fino and Fantastic Knitting's Zephyr Laceweight, to the ultra-luxurious Louet Mooi and Plymouth Earth Ecco Cashmere. Stop in today to check out these great new patterns!

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