short days, long nights of cold
the incessant dripping of rain
and people’s noses
Still in the midst of knitting frenzy here, this week’s offering is Countertide
Another adaptable crescent shaped shawl, knit from the top down, with room to make the pattern you own by varying the width of the stripes, or saving the lace to the edge, and extending the edging.
Next week should see Winterleaf being released,
And Sacre Coeur has just opened for testing, so please drop by the group if you’re interested – the more the merrier! http://www.ravelry.com/groups/nimble-knits It’s deadline-free, and knitter’s choice of yarn weight, colour and pattern variables.
early winter’s morning
on a foggy window pane
small boy draws a face
While I’m on a roll with this adaptable pattern concept, here’s another choose-your-own-adventure shawl, cousin to Willow and the upcoming Countertide.
Interplay is a top-down, striped, crescent shaped shawl, named for the interplay it encourages between knitter and pattern: this is a pattern you can play with!
- Start the lace when you like, extend it as far as you like, or use it repeatedly with plain sections in between.Or knit the whole shawl in lace..
- Knit from two ends of the same yarn for subtle stripes, or use two contrasting colours, or no stripes at all. Perfect for showing off some handspun or variegated yarn.
- The edging makes a playful little ruffle or can be blocked into large eyelets. One enterprising tester even crocheted her eyelets.
The pattern is deceptively simple, yet can be used to make many different shawls.
It was inspired by a gorgeous skein of Three Waters Farm with such intriguing colour combinations that I didn’t want them to get lost in a typical gradation. I wanted to shuffle them up against each other and give the contrasts a chance to sing!
Who would have thought lace design was addictive? Knitting therapy to stave of the winter blues! I have 3 more shawls in various stages of readiness currently, and another test knit starting in a day or so. This one has a leafy theme. Any takers?
coils of fragrant smoke
crisp stars in a frozen sky
the joys of camping
but not for me – I
am snug and toasty, sleeping
in a quiet house!
Inspired by one of my childhood favourite books The Wind in the Willows, and by my mother’s love of blue willow china, here is a shawl designed to work well with the brightest colours, or become gently geometric for a solid hue. It’s a simple top-down lace crescent, with optional beading, called Willow
You can start the lace whenever you wish, switch back and forth between lace and plain, and then knit until you run out of yarn.
It uses just the one 12 stitch repeat the whole way through.
It’s a pattern with the ingredients included for fellow tinkerers, yet simple enough for beginners. Some of the test knitters got quite frisky and added garter rows into stockinette, and vice versa, garter rows into the lace, lace rows into the plain section, and so on. I had such a blast seeing them take on the pattern and give it their own twist, as this was exactly what I was aiming for – a thoroughly adaptable shawl.
The plain section can be knit in stockinette or garter. You could even knit the whole thing in stockinette if you really wanted to – it would alter the diagonal lines and put more emphasis on the verticals – but it’s possible!
Or just knit one garter row on the WS at the start of each chart repeat to break the vertical lines up a little.
Mine is a fairly small shawl, modelled here by a gorgeous friend.
Next up – Countertide, something festive and playful, currently accepting test knitters. Like narrower stripes? Sure! Or wider too. Or save all the lace until the end as dynamic edging. Beading optional, size adaptable, garter and/or stockinette. This is a ‘choose your own adventure’ knit!