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Monday, March 24, 2014

The Alexandra Shawl by Sweet Georgia Yarns

I've got another new design for you today. I've had several new designs published recently and one of these is my Alexandra shawl for Sweet Georgia Yarns. Sweet Georgia is a Canadian luxury hand-dyed yarn company. Alexandra is knitted is CashSilk Lace which is a blend of cashmere and silk. Its a gorgeous yarn to knit with creating a truly luxurious accessory.

Alexandra is worked from the top down in a hybrid triangular shape which is a triangle with an insertion panel at the centre back. This creates a little bit of shoulder shaping and makes the shawl sit realy nicely on the shoulders.

Beads are added using the crochet hook method. Take a look at my video demo if this technique is new to you. I think this shawl would look gorgeous without beads too though. I used size 8/0 seed beads from The Bead Room in Totnes (they have an online shop too).

Alexandra is finished off with a delicate crochet chain cast off which is easy to do even if you're new to crochet and yes I've got a demo video showing this technique too. If you prefer you can use a regular stretchy cast off (I recommend the Russian Cast/Bind Off) and block the edging into scallops if preferred.

I love Sweet Georgia Yarns. I've been a member of their Fibre Club for ages now and almost all the fibre I spin is Sweet Georgia. I do have a few skeins of their yarn in my stash too and it's absolutely wonderful. The base yarns are luxurious blends and the colours are amazing! You only need one skein of CashSilk Lace for this shawl.

A big thank you to Jen for knitting up this sample for me!

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