New Design: At An Angle / På Kanten

At the end of May, I published a new shawl pattern: At An Angle.

At An Angle shawl

As so often before, my love for garter stitch overcame me, and the different colors of this naturally dyed lambswool from (G)uld beckoned to become something fun.

Worked sideways from tip to tip, increases and decreases shape this triangular shawl. The angled stripe in the middle is placed using short rows, which is easy and almost invisible in the squishy garter stitch.

The color choice makes all the difference here! The simplicity of the shawl makes it easy to work and makes it fit for your casual every-day outfit, but can also accent a more dressed-up you.

At An Angle shawl

The pattern is currently available in English as well as in Danish (the Danish name: “På Kanten”). I used a Danish yarn (the Scottish Lambswool from (G)uld, naturally dyed with indigo and madder), which is available in a number of OOAK shades, depending on what the dyers find in nature.

See more photos and projects from other knitters on Ravelry!

At An Angle on Ravelry

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At An Angle shawl

New Design: The Road I Took

My newest shawl pattern just went live!

The Road I Took

“The Road I Took” is a collaboration with Rainbow Heirloom, to go with their Nostalgia yarn club. The club colour of the month is “Winding Road”, on a the scrumptious base of Brit Aran, and the colourway name + Emily’s inspiration picture for this month + the yarn itself was an instant inspiration for this design.

It practically designed itself and flew off the needles, once I got everything going. The diagonal rib texture pattern happened “by accident” – I had planned for something else entirely, but due to tiredness forgot to take the increases on every row into account, making the stitch pattern turn out completely different. Pretty cool, I think!

The Road I Took

The Road I Took

I worked this shawl up in 3 skeins of the Aran weight yarn, so it turned out pretty huge. There’s tons of options for substituting yarn weight and amount though, as it’s worked from the tip and up, and is bound off when you have only a little yarn left. I would however recommend the big size – it’s awesome for the coming autumn and winter!

By the way, Rainbow Heirloom have a monthly giveaway of the Nostalgia club yarn of the month. For a chance to win simply sign up for Rainbow mail, which is the RH newsletter. This month, the giveaway is yarn to make “The Road I Took” – 3 skeins of Brit Aran in “Winding Road”!

For more information about “The Road I Took”, see the pattern page on Ravelry. There you will also find test knitters’ projects and photos.

If you want to start knitting straight away, go buy the pattern right here!

The Road I Took

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.

Syrma on the loose

One of the people in my knitting group test knitted a shawl a while ago – Syrma by Cailliau Berangere / L’île aux fils. When Christina showed it to us, everyone gasped and exclaimed we wanted to make that too (which isn’t a weird thing, as Christina’s projects are always amazing! She has the greatest taste in colors and patterns.).

So, our first KAL was born!

I had a hard time choosing colors, but ended up with Madelinetosh Sock in Jade, which I had fallen in love with and impulsively purchased only months ago. That’s a very quick in-and-out-of-the-stash for me, considering that I didn’t buy it with a specific intention to start with!

Syrma is a fun shawl with very pretty details, which makes sure you aren’t getting bored. However, you also need to keep on your toes – stitch counts are important, else the “stars” won’t align correctly and it will look odd. I got a hang of that quite quickly, but it only happened after some moments of puzzlement and tinking back.

Getting towards the end, I could see that my 2 skeins of yarn might not be enough for the whole shawl as stated… Christina used approximately 1,8 skeins, so I had thought that I (knowing I knit loosely) would have enough, if not plenty, in 2 whole skeins.

Ehm – think again?
This is the photo I posted on Instagram Sunday morning:

The garter stitch edge is supposed to be 20 rows in total.

I made it 7 rows :D

(Technically, that means I actually didn’t win yarn chicken this time around. But considering that I had yarn enough to bind off without having to tink back a row first, I considered this a win!)

Fast forward to a couple of days later, when I in the morning put out the shawl to block.
I was laughing out loud – no wonder I ran out of yarn on the way! Can anyone say “giganormous shawl”?

Before blocking, it was a generous 150 cm in wingspan, and 58 cm deep at the center point.
When I pinned it out, it suddenly became 204 cm x 76 cm.
Compare that to the measurements in the pattern: 175 cm x  66 cm.

Syrma

Oops. I guess I know why I ran out of yarn :D
I know I’m a loose knitter, and this just proves it once more. I didn’t bother to check my gauge either, so it’s good I had plenty of yarn ;)

In any case, I love this shawl, and I love the gradual increasing of the little star pattern stitch. It’s perfect to wrap yourself in, warm and soft and cozy!

Syrma

Syrma

Check out my project page on Ravelry for more info and pics.

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

Have you seen my newest pattern – Brighton Beach?

Brighton Beach

I submitted this design to the design competition for Unwind Brighton – sadly I didn’t win, but that just means I could publish it myself! ;)

Knitted in one single skein of Walkcollection Luxe Fingering, this shawlette is a fun knit – you start by casting on all the stitches needed for the width, and then you decrease on every row until you reach the center point. The rows keep getting shorter, and the foamy/scallopy lace pattern along the edge keeps it interesting.

Isn’t this perfect for a quick summer knit?

The pattern will be sold in kits (yarn + pattern) from Walkcollection at Unwind Brighton on July 12-13, where you will be able to get your hands on a hard copy. I’m ridiculously excited about those hard copies, it’s the first time I had a pattern printed!


Brighton Beach

If you can’t make it to Unwind, or you’d like to get your hands on the pattern before then, you can buy it on Ravelry here.

Also, there is a knitalong in the Knitter’s Kitchen | DVM designs group on Ravelry. Come join, and win a prize!