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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wrap yourself in a luxurious cloud

There's a new issue of The Knitter out and I've got a pattern in this one too. Last spring I designed three small shawlettes in Kettle Yarn Co yarn and this is no 2. So there's one more to go. The first one was the Wheal Shawl in the last issue of The Knitter. If you've missed any copies of The Knitter you can buy it as a digital download. Go to their website to find out how.

Here's my Cloud Valley shawlette. It's knitted in Kettle Yarn Co Beyul which is a merino, baby yak down and silk blend. It's luscious, soft and silky. And Kettle Yarn Co have so many gorgeous colours.

The Cloud Valley is a crescent shaped shawl that's long enough to wrap around your neck like a scarf. You start with the wide lace border which is both charted and written out.  You then work a combination of short rows and decreases in garter stitch to create the crescent shape. Don't worry about the short rows. You just simply turn. No wraps or anything else to do. 

Intrigued by crescent shaped shawls? I'll be teaching a new class at Social Fabric on Crescent Shawls. In the class we'll look at different ways to create a crescent shape and I'll bring plenty of samples to look at. You can book here. I'll also be at Social Fabric tomorrow to teach a Slip Stitch and Fair Isle (Stranded) Colour Work class. You can still join me and it's on sale right now!

I haven't had time to sit down and read this issue yet as it just arrived this week but I'm really looking forward to reading about Artesano. I've worked with Artesano for years and have created several exclusive designs for them. All their patterns are now free on Ravelry. I'll also be heading to Artesano HQ in Berkshire to teach in January, February and March. Get all the details here.

Each issue of The Knitter includes a free pattern leaflet and this month it is the turn of the lovely Donna Druchunas. She's got a new book called Lithuanian Knitting - Continuing Traditions, coming out which I will be reviewing on my blog very soon. I'm so excited to see this book. To wet your appetite Donna has designed a pair of Lithuanian mittens for The Knitter. Perfect for the chillier weather we're having right now.

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