My current work in progress:

Ottar Hap Shawl, designed by Kate Davies, knit from Buachaille in the Squall, Ptarmigan, and Islay colorways, using a U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) needle.

Classic Knit Shawls

I was recently sent another lovely book for review:

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This is Interweave Presents – Classic Knit Shawls: 20 Timeless Designs Featuring Lace, Cables, and More published in April by Interweave. It’s a collection of 20 shawl patterns from past Interweave publications. You can view all twenty patterns on Ravelry.

The book has a nice variety of different shawl designs, from a lot of different popular designers, worked in a variety of shapes using a variety of construction techniques — a little something for everyone.

Some of my favorites:

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The Purple Shawl by Andrea Jurgrau is a cresent shawl worked from fingering weight yarn. The pattern states 430 yards, so it can be made from a single skein of sock yarn, if it is a larger sized skein. I like the shape of this shawl — it looks like it would stay on the shoulders nicely.

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The Return Journey by Lisa Shroyer is a shallow triangle, cabled and with i-cord edging that you work as you go. It’s a lovely thick piece knit from worsted weight yarn and it is worked sideways.

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Ilme’s Autumn Triangle by Nancy Bush is a lovely triangle shawl knit from laceweight yarn. It’s modeled after traditional Estonian lace shawls for which Nancy Bush is famous.

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Ennid Laceweight Shawl by Lucinda Guy is another triangle shawl knit from laceweight yarn, this one worked side to side. It’s quite plain — garter stitch — with a lovely little edging. While I love intricate lace, I also love large plain cozy shawls like this one.

That’s just a sampling from this great collection. Who’d like to own a copy of the book?

Leave s comment on this blog post telling me your favorite design from the book (you can see them all on the Ravelry link above) by noon on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The Random Number Generator will select a winner at that time.

Loki says:

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“All those shawls look like they’d be great for me to sleep on!”

Camp Loopy Project One

I finished my June project for Camp Loopy last night:

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The pattern is “Love and Happiness” designed by Amy Christoffers. I used Hedgehog Fibres Merino Singles in the “teacup” colorway. I had three skeins and I knit til I ran out of yarn. I haven’t measured the cowl, but I estimate it to be 63 – 66″ around. Big enough to comfortable go twice around the neck.

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The yarn is delightfully light and soft, so I predict this is going to be a favorite cowl next winter. Cowls are hands-down my favorite winter accessory. As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as too many cowls.

By knitting a cabled design in a soft single ply yarn in a speckled colorway I was taking some chances. A soft single-ply is not the best choice for cables — it can be difficult to work the cable twists without splitting the yarn and there’s a good chance the resulting cables won’t have that nice crisp look. And a speckled colorway can really obscure a texture pattern. But this design had strong fairly simple cable motifs, and the yarn’s speckles were rather sparse, so I decided to chance it. I think the results are great.

Loki says:

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Love and Happiness

My Love and Happiness Cowl is coming along nicely. I have three skeins of the yarn (Hedgehog Fibres Merino Singles in the “Teacup” colorway) and I just started the third skein. Using my razor-sharp math skills, I have figured out that puts me at two-thirds complete. This is my June Camp Loopy project, so I […]

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Camp Loopy 2017

Hard to believe that it’s June and that means one thing: Time again for Camp Loopy. Here is my Camp Loopy project: This is “Love and Happiness,” a cowl design by Amy Christoffers. I am using Hedgehog Fibres Merino Singles in the “Teacup” colorway, using a U.S. size 7 needle. A rather loosely spun single spun yarn […]

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Aspen!

Here it is! Finished! As planned, I set in the sleeves of my coat Sunday night and then inserted my sewn lining. After sewing the lining together (with sewing machine) I pressed down the seam allowance on each side front and around the back neck. I handsewed that (using regular sewing thread) to the little […]

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