My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Ready for Prime Time

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

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.

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.

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

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:

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:

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


  1. 2fers are great!

    Printemps is lovely and thanks for the insight into what makes the pattern different.

  2. Two-fers are indeed lovely! And I’ve always been partial to the chevron pattern, though I couldn’t tell you why. So a two-fer with chevrons is doubly nice!

  3. It looks like you are experimenting with shawl shapes. What is your favorite shape and why? What do you see as the advantages and disadvantage of each shape you’ve tried?

  4. Ooh. Nice!!!

    I’m glad you’ve been making these with using a single skein of sock yarn in mind.

  5. Love all the shawls and shawlettes – are you sure you won’t be doing a book of them?

  6. Once again you’ve come up with another winner. I didn’t think I’d like Printemps because I’m really not a fan of such an eye opening green, but the finished piece is absolutely lovely. I will definitely put this one on my to-do list. =)

  7. If “chevron” seems uninspiring, how about “Everest”? Those pointy chevrons make me think of mountain peaks!
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  8. That’s terrific! I love two-fer patterns, though I’m only likely to knit one. It’s just great to have the option before you decide on what you want to knit.
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  9. Julie in VA says:

    I two-fer is a great idea! Love the Printemps pattern and the Dragon Fibers sock yarn & colorway, just purchased couldn’t resist.

  10. Another beauty!

  11. Beautiful!
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  12. Beautiful – love the color!
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  13. Since our beloved St. Paddy’s Day is right around the corner, how about a Gaelic name of some kind for the new shawlette?

  14. Beautiful! I’m adding this one to my rapidly-growing Ravelry cart!
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