My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Ready for Prime Time

The Printemps Shawlette pattern is complete and available for sale on Ravelry, here.

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Like Miss Woodhouse, it’s a “more than a triangle shawl.” You work double the increases on the outer edges as you do on the inner edges to get this shape.

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To make it a more open and airy design, the lace motif for the body of this shawl features a double yarnover – you wrap your yarn around the needle twice in a row. As you work back on the wrong side over these two yarnovers on the wrong side, you will purl the first yarnover and knit the second yarnover.

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The unblocked shawl measured 44” across the top and 16” down the center back.

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Blocked it measures 56” across and 25” down the center back. These measurements are approximate, of course, because they depend on how severely you block your piece.

Yarn requirements — approximately 400 or less yards of fingering weight. The shawl pictured was knit with 1 114-gram 390-yard skein of Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock yarn, with 14 grams left over.

The shawlette at hand:

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It has the somewhat uninspired working name of “Chevron Shawlette” due to the fact that the body pattern features a chevron motif. This one is a triangle shawl, just for a change.

The yarn is MadelineTosh Tosh Sock in the “Clover” colorway — such a soft pretty green, don’t you think? And it’s a dream to knit — so soft and springy.

I’m nearing completion on this, but the pattern won’t be available immediately. I have an idea for another shawl using the same pattern, but in a different shape. I’ll start on that when I complete this baby, and then offer both in one pattern.

Everyone loves a two-fer, right?

Lucy sez:

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“If it is a two-fer of salmon treats, then the answer is yes.”

All Ready

The pattern for the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette is all ready to go.

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You can purchase it in pdf format from my Ravelry store, here.

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It looks nice on Gwendolyn, I think.

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The Miss Woodhouse Shawl is a “more than a triangle” shawl – extra increases on the outer edges make it grow faster in width than in length.

The unblocked shawl measures 50” across the top and 16” down the center back. Blocked it measures 66” across and 25” down the center back. These measurements are approximate because they depend on how severely you block your piece.

This pattern is good for a beginner knitter who wants to knit lace. The pattern is written in great detail and spells out everything you need to know. The lace is charted in 4 relatively simple charts that are easy to follow.

It is knit from fingering rather than laceweight yarn (and uses a US 6 needle), which is much easier for a lace newbie to execute. The stitches used are knit and purl, and a few simple lace techniques – yarnover, knit 2 together, and ssk, and sl1 k2tog, psso (which are explained in the pattern).

You can enlarge the shawl by doing more repeats of Chart B – as many as you like. With each extra repeat you do, you will be doing more repeats of the 4-stitch pattern repeat. Well, you’ll see – it’s obvious from the pattern.

Speaking of my lace shawlettes, check out my friend Sharon’s Seaside Shawl:

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The yarn is Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Tulip colorway. Sharon said “I choose that colorway because it makes me think of the Sea Pinks that grow in coastal regions (http://www.perennialreference.com/perennials/armeria.html). We’ve grown them here (Sharon lives in Southern California) but they are tricky in our climate because it gets so hot in the summer. They really need the moisture of the ocean to thrive.”

As for my knitting, while I’ve been snowed it, I’ve been working mostly on stealth projects. I went out this morning to check out the snow situation — it looks like we got between 20 – 24″ here. I took a bunch of photos and put them in a Flickr set. The only sound I heard while I was out was the sound of wheels spinning as cars tried to get out of snow, so I’m wondering about getting to work tomorrow, if indeed the government is open.

All in all, we were pretty much unscathed, apart from power outage of 5 hours or so last night.

Lucy sez:

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“Look Momma! The sun is shining!”

The Stacy Shawl

I finished the Stacy Shawl yesterday. Here it is unblocked:

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The pre-blocking dimensions (unstretched) are 44″ across the top and 21″ down the center back.

And here it is pinned out and blocking:

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After blocking, it is 66″ across the top, and 30″ down the center back.

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It’s a more-than-a-triangle shawl — extra increases on the top/front edge make a shape that stays nicely on the shoulders.

It took 2 skeins of Tempted Yarns Luxe Grrl yarn (a total of 500 yards), knit on a US size 7 (4.5mm) needle. I started this on September 29, and finished it yesterday — so it took me 5 days. I was working on other projects at the same time, so as you can see, this is a very quick knit! And fun too — nothing difficult about it. If you can work a k2tog, an ssk, and a yarnover, you can knit this shawl.

The pattern will be available soon — as part of a shawl kit from Tempted Yarns. Stacy asked me if I would do a design for her Luxe Grrl yarn — that’s the yummy cashmere blend — so she could put together shawl kits. This shawl is the result. I think this would be a great item to knit as a holiday gift — it’s a quick and fun knit so you’ll be abe to whip it up in no time.

Stacy is busily dyeing up a bunch of colorways in the Luxe Grrl yarn, so the kit will be available soon. I’ll keep you posted here on its availability, and Stacy will be posting in her Ravelry group as well.

Lucy is worn out from supervising the blocking process.

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