New Pattern: Punto Shawl

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

New Pattern: Penstemon

I am a great admirer of designers who churn out beautiful shawls, one after the other. I love the delicate lace and the airy fabric, but never had the courage to design one myself. On one of the casual page-turning of a Japanese lace stitchionary book, my eyes stopped at a particular stitch. I loved the combination of curved outline and the straight lines in the body. I started fantasizing about converting that into a shawl. After a long journey from swatching the stitch, adding a border and another transition lace stitch, Penstemon was born.

Penstemon is knit bottom-up, starting from the lace edge. The stockinette body is shaped into a crescent using short rows. The lace part comes as a chart and written instructions too. I knit this using the gorgeous SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace which is soft and squishy and has a beautiful shade of colors. Using fingering weight will yield a bigger shawl (and yardage will vary too).

Ravelry Pattern: Penstemon by Anjali M.
Yarn Suggested: SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace
Needle Size: US #6 4 mm

Name it and Win it: Pattern Giveaway

I am back with another giveaway. I have designed a crescent shaped lace shawl for which I don’t have a name. The shawl is knit bottom up and has pretty bell shaped flowers on the edge. I thought of naming it Campanula, but there are too many patterns with this name already. So, dear knitters, please help me name this pattern and you stand to win a copy of this pattern.

 

Here are the rules:

1. Leave a comment on this post with your suggestions. You can even tweet, if you want. I am affiknity on Twitter, so make sure you grab my attention if you decide to tweet your suggestions.
2. No limit on the number of names you can suggest
3. If I decide to use the name you suggested, you will win a copy of the pattern, sent to you as Ravelry gift or PDF e-mailed to you.
4. Contest ends on August 30 2013.
5. Winner will be announced once the pattern goes live.
6. As a thank you to the other participants, I will draw a name randomly who will win a copy of this pattern.

Put on your thinking cap and let me know what you would name this shawl.

Dewdrop Annis

Knitting Shawlettes has been on my goals since ages, but when the year 2012 came around, I officially added it to my ‘Things to accomplish in 2012’. The dainty lace, the drapey fabric, shiny beads, gorgeous colors – there was no reason not to ogle at shawl(ette)s and wish I could knit one just like that. I took part in a KAL where things were flexible: Relaxed time frame, choose any pattern you want, start and end whenever you like (within 2 months of course), so this was the perfect KAL for me.

I chose Susanna’s Annis because it is free, it is a shawlette so will get done in less time and the lace is only at the border which was not that intimidating. Casting on 300+ stitches was not easy. Even with careful counting and placing of markers, I had to cast on thrice to get the right count. I added a row of purling before starting the lace, which I regret now because the lace border has a rounded look and I don’t like it. I replaced the nupps with beads and added beads on every SK2P stitch on the WS row.

My Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: Annis by Susanna IC
Yarn: 2-ply acrylic laceweight, held 2 strands
Needles: US 6 4mm

Knitting the lace part was super fun, stitch markers were a  big help. Knitting short rows part was boring and it took me longer to knit than the lace part. Blocking this beauty was the most satisfying step. I used acrylic laceweight yarn and once I steam blocked it, the yarn bloomed and the stitches were more defined. The yarn relaxed, giving a nice drape to the shawlette. It is so lightweight and drapey, I don’t want to take it off my shoulders.

I had so much fun knitting this shawlette and am so in love with the result that I want to knit more of these beauties. Any favorite shawl pattern you recommend for me?