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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Treading Water

Whew. Getting a job outside my house has been pretty exhausting! It’s been pretty good though, lots of nice people, and just a 10 minute walk commute. Finding knitting and crafting time has been hard though. My pile of WIPs (works in progress) has been staring at me from beside the computer for ages.

But it’s finally September, and although the weather hasn’t cooled down one bit, I’m ready for fall!

I want to finish up this squish black garter stitch cardigan, which is nearly done the body. I probably should have knit the sleeves first (before the body) so it wouldn’t be quite so difficult to wrangle, but it’s okay. I think I’ll go with elbow or three-quarter length sleeves on this one.

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I finished up my Snooker Mitts in Mountain Colors’ Crazyfoot fingering weight and I love them! I’ll have to take some pretty photos and add the fingering weight instructions to the pattern.

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Dug out some Koigu lace weight that I had basically completely forgotten about – I had picked up a few skeins from Shall We Knit at the Knitter’s Frolic in the spring. I started a scarf, then changed my mind and started a sweater. I might end up changing my mind again…

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And I’ve been hand sewing a little bit! I finished an Alabama Chanin A-line tunic and have worn it a bunch of times. Now I’m working on a longer dress, with princess seams and pockets. I love hand sewing, I really do.

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In pattern release news, I have a new pattern out with Woolfolk! The fall collection is just beautiful and I’m honoured to be included. You can find my new pattern SPOR on Ravelry or ask for it at your local Woolfolk stockist! The yarn is so so soft and amazing.

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Photos courtesy Woolfolk. Thank you Andrea for pulling my butt outta the fire on this one – my sample was lost in the mail (SOB) and Andrea knit one up for the photoshoot right quick! You’re the best!

New Pattern! Willowdale Shawl

Willowdale is the neighbourhood I grew up in, in North York. North York was its own town (mayor, city council, school board, etc), until it was incorporated into the City of Toronto in 1998.

What’s that got to do with this pretty shawl? Not much! But it’s a nice name, right?

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Willowdale is worked from the top down, beginning with a garter tab and a zigzag-and-garter-ridge lace pattern. The bottom edging is worked in a similar pattern of chevrons.

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The yarn is Mountain Colors Louisa, a SUPER SOFT cashmere/silk blend. Since it’s a pretty precious yarn, I wanted to make sure that the shawl uses just one skein – perfect for light layer or even a gift for a special someone. It’s pretty big just with the one skein too, since both cashmere and silk tend to loosen and grow when they hit water. Finished measurements: 66″ across the top edge, 16.5″ deep.

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The lace patterns are given in both charted and row-by-row directions.

This 4 page PDF pattern is $6 CAD.

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