when i designed this shawl, i was aiming to create a victorian piece of the everyday variety—a bit decorative, but not too; simple, but dramatic, open enough to create a pattern against the fabric underneath, but sturdy and warm as well.
the result is this sweet little shoulder shawl with shaped garter yoke and neckline, defined by a tiny standup collar. the cozy shoulder area is shaped to fit all the way around and can be pinned closed at the neck. the center front edges are defined by a pretty vertical edging along their length.
the solid warmth of garter stitch gives way to a striking zigzag pattern in the hem section to lighten the effect and add a little swing to keep things from getting mundane.
and the sizing can be applied in a variety of ways—combine the smaller size shoulders with the medium or tall hem if you like or vice versa; the various options all work together and can be tailored to your taste or yarn supply.
this piece is a good wrapper too, if you prefer to bring it up around the neck as a scarf—there is plenty of width to work with here.
shown here: size small yoke with the medium length hem, in great northern yarns mink/milk/baby merino blend, in colorway heathered merlot. this is the loveliest knitting yarn; i enjoyed working with it so much that i was sad to bind off at the end.
most of you know that i’ve been a champion of craig’s beautiful and animal friendly mink blend yarns since he first popped onto my radar last year. and with good reason—they are not just spun of unusual and rare fibers, but beautifully engineered to provide years of luxurious beauty. and craig works hard to offer them at a price point and yardage that make it possible for everyone to enjoy knitting with them. he’s a big supporter of independent designers too; how can we not love that? please check out all of craig’s delicious yarns in the great northern yarns online shop.
i am very grateful for the efforts of our test knitters karolyn and phoebe, who are always at the ready to try out a new pattern, even before we’ve sussed out all the mistakes. thank you so much you two!
BTW, karloyn knit her shawlette in spirit trail nona colorway raven’s wing—one skein will make the petite size shawl. i got to feel it in person when we visited—let’s just say that karolyn kept a very close eye on that thing while it was in my hands! i cna seriously vouch for jen’s yarns too; they are awesome.
and thank you once again to my friend helena, who modeled the shawl for us. this time we had a chance to get outside and include some of her animals in the photos, like shirley
who was very curious about the camera
and needed to make sure it wasn’t a threat to her mistress
then there were the chickens, who wanted to be wherever we were, but at a distance
checking us out the whole time, but pretending not to, haha.
it was a beautiful, fun, if slightly chilly day at the farm.