Varna Shawl is released as part of Knotions December 2019 issue. Knit using one skein of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Frische colorway and two skeins of Knit Picks Stroll in Ash colorway. Shawl is knit using mosaic colorwork technique, in which you work with only one color every row.
Varna, ‘color’ in Sanskrit, is a celebration of variegated yarn with long repeats. Paired with a neutral, solid colored yarn, the shawl lets the variegated yarn be the hero, while the solid yarn remains the unsung one.
The Varna Shawl is knit from one corner to the other edge, starting with few stitches in a row and gradually increasing on one side, to get the tapered triangular shape. It uses mosaic knitting, in which every row is worked with only one color, making the Varna Shawl a mindless and enjoyable knit.
I am so excited to have my pattern Queen Bee Wrap published as part of February 2019 issue of I Like Knitting. The theme Honeybee got me all excited and this wrap was fun to design, experimenting with different stitches, textures and eyelets. I love how the Ochre and Alcaucil colorways of Malabrigo Sock Yarn are so close to the yellow and black colors of bees.
The wrap is worked from one end to the other, in sections which range from plain garter, stockinette to stripes, eyelets and bobbles. The change in stitches make this wrap a very interesting, yet mindless knit.
The finished wrap will be 18″ wide and 64″ long, but you can easily change the length by working fewer or more inches or sections.
Punto Shawl is an asymmetric, crescent shaped which is easy to drape and interesting to knit. The shawl features plain garter rows interspersed with colorwork wedges with pointy edges half the way and curved edges on the other half. The shawl is worked sideways with wedges and the crescent shape achieved using short rows.
Punto Shawl uses the variegated yarns to its benefit by breaking up the colors using slipped stitches. Use the same CC yarn as shown in the sample or be adventurous and use different yarns for each wedge. Instead of using variegated yarn, you can use different solid yarns for each wedge.
Punto Shawl makes a great set with Punto Cowl and Punto Hat. You can buy the shawl pattern alone or grab all the three patterns in one ebook. You can get 30% off either the Punto Shawl pattern or on the Punto ebook using coupon code ‘PUNTO!‘. Hurry, sale will end May 11, midnight, India time.
Ravelry Pattern: Punto Shawl by Anjali M. MC Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted CC Yarn: Malabrigo Sellecion Privada Needle Size: US #9 5.5 mm for the body
I am shamelessly stealing the idea (and the title) for this post from Yarn Harlot’s blog. When I don’t have any meaty content to make up an entire blog post, but have some tidbits to share, labeling the post as ‘random’ makes great sense. So, randomly, here is what I have been up to.
1. The first design of the year is off the needles, blocked and ready for test knit. A half-circle shawl with colorwork and it turned out beautiful, if I say so myself. I will be posting a call for test knitters on my group in the next few hours.
2. I took a day off work on Friday (which was a big deal for me, since I don’t take leave unless for a very good reason) to chill off. I made it a sewing day and completed my first sewing FO of the year. I followed the Kristin Link’s Craftsy class and made the Drawstring Bag. It turned out better than I expected. Post on that coming soon.
3. I also started my first quilt. I decided to tackle the herringbone quilt and decided to make my squares not too tiny. I cut out and sewed 6 squares so far. 18 more to go.
4. There are too many ‘firsts’ in this post.
5. I bought myself a new rotary cutter and a self-healing mat from Pony since I wanted to do some serious sewing/quilting. Turns out I am not so good at cutting. My blade cuts at some places and leaves the fabric uncut at some. I am blaming it on my not possessing a quilting ruler. So, that is next on my shopping list. Unfortunately, Pony doesn’t stock it (yet) and I don’t know where to find one in India.
I have been a lurker on the Contiguous Sleeves group on Ravelry since a long time. I was introduced to this technique by Elena Nodel when I test knitted her Tomboy Vest. Since then, I wanted to knit more sweaters made with this technique, but as it always happens, never had the time. When Just Chill was put out for testing, which uses a combo of saddle shoulders with contiguous sleeves, I utilized this great opportunity to learn this technique better. Of course the handsome sweater was a factor too.
Just Chill is seamless and knit top down. The two toned look, combined with the saddle shoulders make this sweater very handsome and masculine. The pattern is beginner friendly, with clear instructions. The only tricky part for a beginner could be the attached I-cord for the buttonbands. Well, what is the fun in knitting a sweater which doesn’t offer any challenge.
I chose Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Platinum and Willow. I even had perfect buttons to go with it. Love the wooden look of the buttons. I am racking my brain to recall where I bought this, but it is drawing a blank.
This sweater is headed to Ahmedabad to meet its recipient, Vihaan, a handsome little nephew of mine. He is the latest addition to my huge, extended family and this is my welcome gift to him. My cousin lost her first baby just before she was due for delivery, so this baby is so much more special for her and for us all. Here is wishing Vihaan a long and fruitful life in this world.
I am so excited that my Entropy Vest is published as part of Petite Purls Issue 14. I have always admired the patterns published in Petite Purls, so I am very happy to have a pattern of mine published by them.
Entropy Vest is a take on the classic argyle vest. With its off-center argyle motifs, the vest tries to bring in a disorder in the otherwise ordered universe, hence the name Entropy. The vest is knit bottom-up in the round until the armholes, and the fronts and backs are worked flat separately. The argyle work is just 20 rows, so this is ideal for a beginner colorwork knitter.
FILO are FIngerless GLOves with a simple and attractive all-over colowork pattern. FILO keep a toddler’s hands warm, leaving the fingers free for the child’s busy exploration. These unisex fingerless gloves are ideal for knitters who want to attempt colorwork since every row is knit with a single color. These are great stash busters to use up the left over sock yarn from other projects.