Scrumptious Shawlette

I love the yarns by Mosaic Moon, absolutely love them! I love to go to MM’s website and browse their yarns, thinking of what I should buy. Of course, I have no actual project in mind most of the time. I had two skeins of their Aran weight yarn in my stash since this summer and have not been able to find the proper pattern to fit the yarn. After spending countless hours browsing ravelry and pinterest looking for the proper pattern, I decided to just go ahead and make my own.

I got out my handy stitch reference book and looked for something simple, with minimal repeats. I ended up settling on a slip stitch ribbing for the body of the shawlette. However, I did the stitch wrong and instead of a slipped stitch ribbing,  I have more of a textured slip stitch pattern. AND I loved the results! I followed this up with a ruffled border. This pattern works great for variegated yarns and adds a nice thick texture.

Scrumptious Shawlette Pattern:

Yarn: Mosaic Moon, BFL Aran, 100% wool, 205 yards, 2 skeins. Warning!- you will need all of the skeins.

Needles: US Size 8 (5 mm), 32 inch, or larger length, circular needle to hold large number of stitches.

Gauge: 18 stitches by 24 rows equals 4 inches (in body of pattern, no need to do a swatch).

Gauge is not necessary for this project.

Pattern:

Garter Tab cast-on: CO 3 stitches. Knit 6 rows. Pick up and knit 6 stitches from the side and 3 from the CO. (9 stitches.)

Set Up Row (WS): K2, PM, P2, PM, P1, PM, P2, PM, K2

Body of Shawlette

Row 1 (RS): K2, SM, YO, (K1, SL1PW)* repeat until 1 stitch before next marker, K1, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, (K1, SL1PW)* repeat until 1 stitch before next marker, K1, YO, SM, K2.

Row 2 (WS): K2, Purl until last 2 stitches, K2 (slipping markers as you come to them)

Repeat until desired length. End with a WS row. For the sample, there were 109 stitches between each textured slip stitch section (223 stitches total), giving a length of approximately 18 inches.

Increase row (RS): K2, YO, K1, (KFB)* until marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K1, (KFB)* until marker, YO, SM, K2. (223)

Purl 1 row.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 from the body of the shawl for one inch (439 stitches total). End with a WS row.

Knit 3 rows.

BO loosely and block shawl.

End measurements: 37 inches wide by 19 inches long.

Notes:

As mentioned above, you will need all of the yarn for this project (every little last bit!). If you are worried about cutting it short, I would recommend ending the body of the shawlette a little early. If you want a longer shawl, get a third skein of yarn.

Also, the textured stitch pattern results in a dense, warm fabric. If you want more drape, go up to a size nine needle.

This is the first pattern using the textured slip stitch. My goal is that all of the patterns I create in 2017 use the same stitch.

Enjoy!

 

 

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From a mistake to a genius stitch!

I was on a quest for the perfect shawl. I had a lot of different requirements:

  • Perfect (an easy requirement!)
  • Not too complicated
  • Works well with a variegated yarn that was in my stash
  • Works well with an Aran weight
  • Was less than 400 yards
  • Did I forget to mention perfect?

Needless to say, I spent hours and hours searching and nothing caught my eye. Sure, there were beautiful patterns out there but nothing that was good enough for the yarn that I had, a scrumptious, squishy, mix of perfection. And then I had a moment of genius! I would make my own “perfect” pattern.

I got out my stitch books and rummaged around. I looked at lace, cables, etc. The problem is that my yarn is variegated and I did not want it to be too busy or to take away from the stitch design. I also needed something that worked while I binge watched Netflix. I tried some garter stitch patterns and they left something to be desired. They took my pretty yarn from gorgeous to bleh and yuck!

I finally decided to go with a simple design. It was nice but I was mainly just goofing around. But I messed up on the repeat and instead of hating it and tearing it out, it was a EUREKA moment! I loved the end result and how it made the yarn stand out. In fact, I loved the stitch pattern so much, I am going to go all the way with it! Me, the perfect stitch, and 2017!

Whoa! Not all the way, no dinner and dancing for this stitch (even though I do love it that much!). Instead my plans are to use the same stitch, or variations of it, in every pattern I design for 2017 (while also meeting my 20 ball New Years resolution).

Stay tuned for the first very first pattern with this stitch! It should be up next week!

 

Starting 2017 off right!

Well, 2016 went very well but my blog knitting goals apparently went out the window! Or maybe they weren’t actually going to start until 2017? After all, you can’t start off in the middle! Whichever way you look at it, I am ready to get started.

I like setting New Years resolutions, even if I am not always successful. Instead of picking resolutions regarding weight or exercise (even though these may also need a little of work), I decided to look at resolutions as being things I LOVED to do and wanted to do more of. I think that focusing on my passion of knitting as a resolution will make me much more satisfied and will make me much more successful.

So, here are my Knitting Resolutions/Goals for 2017:

Goal #1: Use 20 balls of stash yarn before making any purchases

When I told my hubby Goal #1, he asked “you have over 20 balls of yarn?” He seemed a little shocked and I had to turn away not to laugh. I think he may have a heart attack if he  enters my little yarn room and actually pokes around!

I am already on my second ball of the year and am using this opportunity to create my own design. It should be out in the next week. I will probably try to use a lot of my stash for design purposes.

Goal #2: Make my husband the sweater of his choice

He has been wanting his own sweater in a striped pattern found in a yarn magazine. I wanted to make him a gray cabled sweater (like the ones Hyde wore on “That 70’s Show) and we have been going around in circles about it. Heck! He should get the sweater he wants. After my 20 balls are gone, I will get the yarn for his sweater.

Goal #3: Make a cowichan style sweater for ME!

I love the cowichan style sweaters and have wanted to make one for a while. The problem is I have had so many other projects to make and none of the right yarn for the project. Plus, intarsia makes me a little nervous. Time to get over that! I think a nice, bulky, cowichan will be the perfect thing to wear at future holiday gatherings!

I think these goals will be easy to meet, will be enjoyable, and may increase my skill set.

What goals do you have for this year?