New Pattern: Sackville Shawl

It’s been ages since I self-published a pattern, so I’m especially pleased to present the Sackville Shawl! This generously sized (80″ wingspan) worsted weight shawl works up fast from the neck down, with an all-over lace pattern and garter stitch border. Buy, fave and queue Sackville Shawl on Ravelry!

Sackville features yarn from my friend Megan, who used to run Lettuce Knit! She’s moved out to the east coast and has been dyeing up a storm. Sackville uses her worsted weight yarn, in the awesome colourway “sea glass”. I didn’t pay much attention to the order of my 3 skeins, but it worked out so that there’s more pink bits towards the bottom of the shawl for a subtle gradient.

Sackville is knit from the top down, beginning with an interesting Disappearing Loop cast-on instead of a garter tab. It’s similar to an adjustable loop in crochet, and I’ve also seen a similar one called the “pinhole cast on” (which has an extra step or two). In the Sackville pattern I’ve included a photo tutorial to help get you started.

Sackville Shawl is presented as both charted and row-by-row written directions. The lace pattern stitches don’t quite stack on top of each other; instead, they’re a little offset at the beginning of each repeat, so the lattice is a little wonky! I quite like that. Increases at the edges on both sides result in a nice wide shawl that’s easy to wrap around, and the stockinette rolled edge along the top makes for a tidy finish that’s still easy to stretch out for blocking.

Once you’ve completed the lace patterns a few times, the border is very easy – just a few rows of garter stitch then a pretty picot bind-off. It should be simple to resize this shawl for different weights of yarn and different amounts – you can pretty much finish after any lace repeat (although you may have to rejig the picot spacing on the bind off if you have a different number of total stitches).

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New Miss Babs Patterns

Today’s two new pattern releases are with the inimitable Miss Babs! I love the subtle variation and intense colours of Miss Babs yarn, and I think these two sweaters turned out great.

Hibiscus Cardigan is a seamless raglan knit from the bottom up. The body features a knit/purl chevron pattern that’s easy to keep track of, and the long sleeves are worked in 1×1 rib for a stretchy, comfy fabric. Hibiscus is worked in Yummy 3-ply, a lovely densely spun superwash merino that really shows off the stitches.

Buy, queue and fave Hibiscus on Ravelry!

Punchwork Cardigan is also worked seamlessly from the bottom up, but is great for warmer weather with elbow-length sleeves and a cropped, lacy body. Miss Babs Kiera is a heavy fingering weight yarn that comes in huge skeins – 560 yards per skein! So you only need a few to create this pretty topper that would look great over a dress or tunic this spring.

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New Pattern: JERN Pullover

I have a new pattern out this week with the wonderful people at Woolfolk! All photos are by Woolfolk.

JERN is a casual dropped shoulder pullover with 1×1 ribbed edges and half-fisherman’s rib as the main pattern. Half-fisherman’s rib is easy to work and so tidy!

The front and back hems are worked flat, then joined for the body to be worked in the round. Sleeves are worked mostly in the round as well, and seamed into the armholes. The funnel neck is picked up and worked last.

LUFT is an amazing yarn – everyone I showed it to really loved it. It’s an organic cotton chain, filled with light as air merino wool. So even though it knits up at a chunky gauge, it isn’t as heavy (or warm) as you would expect! The colours are classic with a bit of an edge thanks to the difference in shades between the cotton and wool.

Check out the whole Luft Collection at Woolfolk
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