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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Knitter issue 100

Before I share what's in issue 100 of The Knitter, I just want to let you know that there's 15% off in the YarnAddict Shop until Sunday 24 July 2016. Use discount code: italia.

The Knitter's 100th issue hit the shops this week and I'm so excited to have a new beautiful shawl design, Beausoleil, in this issue. If you subscribe you get a second shawl pattern by me too.

Create a shawl you’ll treasure for years to come with this beautiful intricate lacework design. Beausoleil is a beautiful crescent shawl is worked from the top down, using a combination of garter stitch and lace on a stocking stitch background. The combination of lace patterns is breathtaking and the lacy edging is emphasised by incorporating beads.

I used four balls of Eden Cottage Yarns Milburn 4ply which is a Bluefaced Leicester Wool and Silk blend and comes in 50g balls so the shawl takes a total of 200g (800m) of 4ply/fingering weight yarn.

Beausoleil is a crescent shawl which starts with a garter tab cast on and a provisional cast on. I will be doing a Monday Mini Tip Tutorial on this very soon. I recommend using the Turkish/Eastern cast on which is normally used for toe up socks to create a closed toe cast on but with a tiny modification it can be used as a quick and easy provisional cast on. However, you can use any provisional cast on or just cast on the three stitches required and when you've finished working the garter tab, you need to pick up three stitches from the cast on edge. With a provisional cast on those three stitches are already there ready to knit.

The edging has a few beads which adds a bit of glimmer and weight to the edging and helps the shawl to hang beautifully when you wear it. I've done a video demo on adding beads using the crochet hook method. The beads are optional and the shawl will look just as beautiful without the beads. I used Debbie Abrahams seed beads and I have a selection in the YarnAddict Shop.

I've got other tutorials which you may find helpful if you're tackling a lace shawl for the first time. 

This issue of The Knitter included a booklet of their favourite patterns. I'm so honoured to have one of my patterns included among some of the top names in the British knitting world. Irma (pictured above) is also available to buy directly from me and was originally published in issue 54 of The Knitter.

If you are a subscriber (print copies only), you will also see a third pattern from me in this issue. Exmoor (pictured above) is a small shawlette knitted in just one ball of Zauberball. It's a sideways, asymmetrical triangular shawl with an easy lace pattern. Perfect for knitters new to lace and shawls or as a quick knit for experienced knitters. If you're not a subscriber, I will make this pattern available when The Knitter's exclusivity period expires.

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