I love lace knitting and anything that looks remotely lacy. Today I wanted to spotlight two new favorites of mine, gorgeous shawls/wraps, along with yarn I think would be perfect for the design.
I instantly feel in love with a new design by Elizabeth Doherty of the Blue Bee Studio. Coleridge is a lacy shawl that is created in two pieces and then grafted in the center with a flawless looking seam. Elizabeth provides instructions for two sizes, a scarf that will measure approximately 64′ x 10” and a rectangular shawl that will measure approximately 76″ x 16”. Please note that charts and written directions are provided for the lace patterns.
Now through June 30, 2012, enter the code SUMMER2012 at checkout, and get this pattern for half price! (Be sure to click the ‘use coupon code’ link in the Ravelry checkout screen) ~ Elizabeth Doherty
From Wendi of Indieway Yarns: As many of you know, I am good friends with fellow indie dyer, Dani, of Sunshine Yarns. She’s in the Boulder CO area, very close to where the horrible forest fires are burning. It seems like the whole state of CO is on fire. She is holding a fundraiser to raise money for the firefighters, Red Cross, & those who lost their homes. In my effort to help with her fundraising efforts, I will be donating $5 from every skein sold, PLUS matching with $5 from my own personal funds, from NOW thru July 15th. So that’s essentially $10 donation for every skein sold in my shop, which I will dontate directly to Dani’s charity/charities of choice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! ♥
My second favorite of the month is Isadora designed by Anne Hanson of Knit Spot in a light fingering weight yarn. I love the lace stitch pattern of this lace scarf, which is almost wide enough to act as a wrap or stole. For me this piece truly reminds me of times past, and the elegance we once had in our dress. This beautiful design is created in one piece and will measure approximately 14″ wide by 65″ long after blocking. While this pattern is currently exclusive for the Woolen Rabbit Yarn Club, it will be available for individual sale in December of this year. Be sure to check out the Woolen Rabbit’s blog regarding this club, as well as this gorgeous design!
The wide lace scarves of the 1920s were worn long and silky to accent the new slender figure and clothing of the decade, but probably came in handy, too, for those baring shoulders for the first time. This fine, silky rectangle features a shimmery damask pattern that relies on changes in stitch direction for the play of shadows across its surface. Make the most of this feature by using a yarn that has a soft sheen. ~ Anne Hanson
I love the soft sheen of the yarn from the Woolen Rabbit, but I found another lovely yarn that would look quite scrumptious knitted up for this design. “Summer Sage” fingering silky merino by Sundara Yarn is a lovely blend of 50% silk and 50% merino that would look quite stunning knitted up for this design.
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!