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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Introducing 'Jinny'

First, I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who commented on my last post and tweeted about it. I think it's important that designers, knitters and other crafters are aware of what's going on with this company. If you've no idea what I'm talking about, read the post below this one.

There's been a lot of secret projects lately and most of them I can't reveal quite yet. But one of my recent deadlines has already been published. I sent in the sample and pattern about 2 weeks ago so I'm very impressed by how quickly this has been published. 
 'Jinny' is knitted in Manos del Uruguay Lace which is a gorgeous blend of baby alpaca/silk/cashmere. It's very luxurious and you only need 2 skeins to knit this beautiful shawl.
 The shawl is worked from the top down as a hybrid triangular shawl. The centre back insertion creates a bit of shoulder shaping which makes this a very easy shawl to wear.
 This shawl looks impressive but it's not difficult. The only stitches you need are knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, sl1 k2tog psso, yarn over/yarn forward. There are charts and written instructions. If you're new to lace or haven't tried lace yet, why not try one of my Easy Lace workshops. I'm teaching it at several venues this spring. The first one is at Purlescence in Wantage, nr Oxford on 10 March. A few days later I'm teaching at The Cornwall Yarn Shop in Launceston, Cornwall. On 17 April I'm teaching at Spin A Yarn, Bovey Tracey, Devon and on 11 May I'm teaching at Hulu Crafts, Modbury, Devon. Contact the respective shops to book. The Easy Lace workshops will teach you how to work yarn overs/yarn forward, different directional decreases, how to read a lace chart, how to shape within a lace pattern. You'll get plenty of practice during the day.
 'Jinny' is part of a new collection of lace patterns from Artesano and is available in a new lace booklet, Lace 1,  which you can get from your local Manos del Uruguay/Artesano stockists or you can buy it as a single pattern pdf here.
A bit thank you to Pixie for knitting this sample.


Ann said...

Lovely design & very artistic photos.

Robin said...

Ooh, love it - and love the shots of it floating in the air!