twig and leaf

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now here is a shawl that delivers plenty of drama for a rather small (and very fun) investment of time. not only it is engaging to knit, but the final result is definitely more than the sum of its parts.

and if that weren’t enough, it practically produced its own photo shoot, requiring very little in the way of direction.

not that the average knitter needs a shawl to do that, but good to know it’s more than just a pretty face, especially if you like to travel light.

the pattern includes three sizes; i know we like that. shown above is the medium size and below is the petite size, which makes a great scarf, but is also wide and deep enough to throw over the shoulders for a little extra warmth.

i like this size a lot—it’s the sort of go-to piece that i grab when i travel because it has a variety of uses. i can wear it as a scarf or shawlette

with a dress or with a t-shirt and jeans. it packs away easily in a bag or suitcase and looks great no matter how long i’m on the road. what’s not to love??

this one, knit by my dear friend jocelyn, is destined for the briar rose booth (see it at a wool show near you!), but after seeing these photos, i think i must knit one for myself to keep, maybe in a different color.

i liked knitting it too much to pass up the chance to do it over. and if laceweight is not your thing, then try something else—chris asked agnes to knit one of these in a much heavier yarn for a large, cozy version with twice the drama. hopefully, agnes will post that soon or see it in the briar rose booth

one of the nicest extras about this piece is that it’s knit with a heavier lace yarn, so that you get all the wonderful silky sheerness and light while still working on a reasonably-sized needle

i don’t know about you, but for me, that’s a real plus. with my schedule, it’s awfully helpful if my knitting projects move along at a nice clip.

speaking of the yarn, these samples are knit up in the gorgeous briar rose stella, a merino/silk blend. looks like chris has a bunch of this black watch colorway dyed up, too.

and i know she also dyed up some of her bella merino lace (which is interchangeable), in the same colorway for those who prefer pure wool. and can i just say, we got three of these shawls from a single skein, with yarn to spare—it’s a bargain.

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hmmm, in what color should i knit it next?

if you’re wondering about the fab scarob brooch i’ve fastened it with here, you can purchase it from one of my favorite metalsmiths—perl grey. click here and scroll sideways til you see it.

as for me, i am always grateful to the wonderful collaborating artists that i get to work with. my friend chris at briar rose is always coming up with incredible new yarns to lay her colors upon and we are so lucky to know her, aren’t we?

and then there are women like jocelyn and agnes, who don’t hesitate for a moment, but jump right in almost at the swatching stage to volunteer their time to test knitting. it boggles the mind how fast they go and all for the love of a new adventure. thank you both so much for your inspiration.

david pulled out all the stops for this photo shoot and wow, the guy knows exactly what he’s doing, doesn’t he?? someone whose initials are ANNE should knit him some socks or something . . .


51 thoughts on “twig and leaf

  1. I’m in the wee hours myself…waiting for my son to get home from WI. The shawl is lovely, Anne. Always a big Briar Rose fan, and what a winning combination of pattern and yarn.

  2. A beautiful shawl Anne, and I think this has to be one of the best photo shoots David has done. It’s got such an intimate feel to it, and you look stunning!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous shawl, Anne….and so is the model. Agree this one is one of the best!

  4. WOW! WOW! WOW! Great shawl! Great haircut! Great photos! You, your shawls, and David’s photos are all very special. I need no yarn, I need no shawls, but I think I’m sold!

  5. Got my pattern now to cast on. Love your new haircut. The pix are definately glamour shots.

  6. The shawl is lovely, Anne, just the sort of thing I will knit and wear a lot, and the photos are fabulous! You look so pretty and relaxed:)

  7. Hi,
    I have seen the pattern this morning and inmediately i bought it on ravelry, because i love to have it stored in my librairy. I also ordered the wool in my favourite color ” lila” and i really cannot wait to get it. I just have to wait until tomorrow……I hope, i will not have problems in understanding the instructions. I need it as a birthday gift in two weeks, but i also want to knit one for me.
    i really love your patterns.

  8. I love twig and leaf I’ve been spinning 8 oz of fingering weight multitonal in sagey green I think it would great for this pattern.

  9. Well…darn it!!! Looks like I may have to take the plunge and knit a lace shawl. I love this. Fully and completely.

  10. WOW!!!! The shawl is so beautiful – and you look great. It’s so inspiring to see how a healthy lifestyle pays off.
    I’m so happy that you give size options on your patterns. I love how shawls look but in the end I’ve discovered that after all that work – I’m much more inclined to grab a scarf or a small stole to wear instead of a shawl. This one LOOKS exactly the way you describe it – with such a nice drape, yet lightness about it. Well Done!!!!

  11. Well, ditto on the shoot, the shawl, the pin, the haircut, the model–and let’s also hear it for the dress. Tres, tres chic.

    Not that I need another project right now, but this is well nigh irresistible;)

  12. You already know how much I love this shawl! I thought that you looked so fetching in many of the photos–it was like your lovely, caring personality was shining through?

  13. Oh, this was beautiful Anne! David did a fabulous job with the shoot, and you look gorgeous! Oh, and the shawl is phenomenal. I LOVE the shape of it! Love it!

  14. Sooo pretty! I always love your creations. You’re so talented! I wish I could knit lace like that…it just boggles my mind. At least I can enjoy looking at it. 🙂

  15. Exquisite photo shoot. Anne, you are a classic beauty and show off the shawl to its best advantage. David is a genius behind that camera. Best photo shoot ever. Love everything about it. And I’ve already bought my pattern. It was totally worth breaking my fast for the Twig and Leaf. I continue to be amazed at your design abilities.

  16. Great pattern. I really like knitting this shape of a shawl. Just finishing up my cotton shawl/scarf from the Bare Naked club. I can think of several people who will want it when I’m done.

    I like that little transition between the twig and leaf lace and the body. It makes it look like the lace is just barely hanging onto the edge. It is a very nice look.

  17. Stunning is the word! Stunning knit. Stunning model. Stunning shots. Socks should be hopping on the needles in short order, IMO.

  18. It looks beautiful on you. Your patterns always make me want to drop whatever I am knitting and knit your new pattern. It is truly stunning.

  19. Soooooo lovely…shawl, David’s photography, Anne wearing shawl. I am headed directly to the pattern shop. Thanks for another beauty, Anne!

  20. Wow…that one’s going in my queue. WHEN I’ll get to it is another question! 🙂

  21. Beautiful. I love the botanical aspect, the branches hanging down. Nothing really to add to what’s already been said, as someone else was saying I don’t exactly “need” a shawl, or to cast on a lace weight project right now or to procure lace weight yarn, and yet…

  22. oh anne you are gorgeous and so is this darling shawlette. i just finished frillibet so the simplicity of this will be a welcome diversion!
    and what a color…

  23. I almost bought some of that yarn at Wooster… now I HAVE to have some! Beautiful yarn, beautiful pattern! Now I can’t wait!

  24. Oh so beautiful!
    Perfect combination of model, photographer and knitted art peice.. Just gorgeous!..oh yes.. I have already ordered yarn from Chris 🙂

  25. Hello Anne- what I see in these photos is love. Davids’ love for you, your love for him, love of lace knitting, love for the artisans who produced the yarn and jewelry. Love of nature and sunshine and all good things. Spectacular.

  26. Love this shawl and the model and pics are just beautiful. Great job to David. Love your haircut too. Will definately do this one.

  27. The shawl is beautiful, Anne, but I was most wowed by the beautiful pictures of you! Love, Heather

  28. It’s beautiful, and you’re lovely in those pictures!

    I’m itching to get this pattern and start my first shawl, but I’m worried it will be out of my range, as I’m a very new lace knitter. Can anyone give me a rating on how difficult this would be on a scale of 1-10? (1 being a simple scarf and 10 being, oh I don’t know, a crazy lace sweater)
    Please and thank you 🙂

  29. I love the way this drapes over your shoulders. Definitely on my list. And Chris’ yarn, what can I say I’m a fan of her yarn and her!! But, she knows that.

  30. Already cast on for Twig and Leaf, love that lace, thanks again, Anne for another great pattern, and I just could not resist Motheye scarf….gorgeous….

  31. I love this shawl Mrs Anne and you are indeed a beauty with it. I don’t think it would look right on me but I have tons of friends that would be more than happy to wear it. One day I will be brave enough to tackle one of your patterns, but lol not yet. For now I will enjoy the view from afar until one gets me in the right mood.

    🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  32. I’m late to the party (that lack of internet access), but it’s absolutely gorgeous (thanks not only to the designer, but also to the model)!! I love the way the photo shoot turned out, and now I’m doubly inspired to get my own onto the needles. 🙂

  33. Darn you! How will I ever get work on my own designs completed when you keep publishing such beautiful pieces? 🙂 Seriously, this is just lovely and the fact that you’ve got three sizes is terrific.

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