New Design: Trillidium

My newest shawl is something I have been working on for a looooong time – especially since that lace-y border just didn’t want to work out. Initially, I had no specific plan for that border – I was perusing stitchionaries for weeks, but never found anything in particular that I thought suited the body of this shawl.

Until… Well, until I (yet again) stumbled over the Estonian lace flower that has been used in so many different settings.

I decided to use it for the edging of this shawl, setting off the sheer striping effect (acquired by alternating one and two strands of yarn) perfectly. Also, after the soothing (some might say boring!) knit of garter stitch for the body, what is better than finishing it off with some intricate lace?

Trillidium

Trillidium is named after the trillidium govanianum, a rare Himalayan plant of the Trilliaceae family. The plant has three leaves, and the flower three petals.
The yarn I used is a little “rare” as well – actually, I used a discontinued yarn. I know, I know – a designer should NEVER do that! I’m so sorry! I just couldn’t help myself, as I found the yarn (Juno Fibre Arts Bliss) and colorway (Ocean) perfect for a shawl this size and type. Luckily, there are lots of companies out there that deliver yarns which resemble the one I used, and I’ve given a couple of suggestions in the pattern as well.

Trillidium

Trillidium

Trillidium

For more photos and details, take a look at the Ravelry pattern page: Trillidium
There you will also find links to other knitters’ versions of the shawl. Some of my testers have tried out two-color versions, with fabulous results!

Click here to buy the pattern now.

New Design: Feather & Fan-tastic

In October last year, I watched an episode of season 5 of Downton Abbey in which Lady Edith was wearing a sweater which I immediately fell in love with. I didn’t find many good images of it, so I took some screen shots, and decided this should be possible to deconstruct. There was some feather & fan lace, no real shaping, drop shoulder sleeves… Couldn’t be that hard, right?

Screen shot from Downton Abbey on itv.
Screen shot of Lady Edith wearing this sweater in Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 6. From itv.

I did a lot of calculating, ending up with something which looks a lot like it, but not really being identical. Regardless, I am in love with this one!

Feather & Fan-tastic

It is the perfect garment for when you want to dress up a bit, but at the same time can act as casual wear. Being someone who tends to fall into that last category a lot, the former option is great, as it just depends on what I combine it with.

Feather & Fan-tastic

The yarn (Madelinetosh Tosh Sock) combined with the color (Glazed Pecan) made for a very enjoyable knit, as I kind of drooled over it – and the sweater itself consists of good stretches of stockinette stitch with the feather & fan lace portions spicing it up a bit.

The body is worked flat from front to back, dividing the work in two when reaching the neck opening. After knitting the shoulders, the two halves are combined again when casting on stitches for the back of the neck.
The sides are seamed using mattress stitch – the side seams are almost invisible, as they look like yet another little purl ridge like the ones in the stockinette body. Stitches are picked up along the armholes and the sleeves are worked top down, ending with a delicious little bit of lace.
To finish it off, stitches are picked up along the neckline and a couple of rounds are worked in garter stitch to give a neat edge. The feather & fan lace pattern helps shaping the neckline.

Feather & Fan-tastic

 

Do you want to join in knitting this one?

It’s for sale right now – and until end of day March 16th (Copenhagen time), all Ravelry purchases of the pattern are 25% off if you use the code “FAN-TASTIC” (no quotes) upon checkout.

Furthermore, if you’re attending Edinburgh Yarn Festival this weekend, keep an eye out for me. I will be wearing this one on Sunday, and if you spot me and say hello, I’ll be happy to give you a coupon code for a free download of this pattern! I’m so very much looking forward to the festival!

Take a look at the Ravelry pattern page for Feather & Fan-tastic, or you can directly buy the pattern right here.

Feather & Fan-tastic

Feather & Fan-tastic