Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Introducing Ansonia Shawl

Ansonia Shawl, KnitDesigns by Tian

Ansonia Shawl, first published with Webs last November is now available for individual purchase from my Ravelry store.

Ansonia is a cozy, medium-weight shawl perfect for keeping the chill at bay. Worked in Valley Yarn Sunderland from the bottom up with a beautiful twisted stitch lace edging, the shawl transitions into a simple stockinette stitch body.


PATTERN NOTES

Ansonia Shawl is worked from the bottom up. The lace pattern is worked over a multiple of 16 sts. When working the short-rows, do not wrap and turn, simply turn. Continue to work short-rows until garter edge sts remain unworked. 


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate



FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

54” wingspan x 17 ½” at deepest point (blocked)

MATERIALS:
Yarn: Valley Yarns Sunderland (100% Baby Alpaca; 109 yards [100 meters]/50 grams: SFN10 Natural – 4 skeins)
Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm)
Extras: Yarn needle; space DPN
Gauge: 17 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st


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Q&A
You've worked with Valley Yarns before, what did you enjoy most about the Sunderland? 
It's true, I've worked with quite a few Valley Yarns yarns and have enjoy each for their own right. Sunderland was no different.  The things I enjoyed about Sunderland is that it's not only a soft and luxurious yarn, but when worked with the right needle size, it has a ton of drape and fantastic stitch definition, which is important for the Ansonia Shawl.
What types of projects are you working on for the holidays/gifts?
Well, to be honest, self-care is a high priority these days. So, instead of stressing out about gift knitting for others, this year is all about knitting for me. This holiday, I want a full wardrobe of knitted items for me, from head to toe, so there will be a hat, cowl, mittens, socks, and a sweater if time permit. Ambitious, I know. But isn't that what holiday knitting is all about?
What was your design inspiration for this shawl?
This year I've been intrigued with shawls. Their shapes and construction, combined with interesting stitch patterns. For the Ansonia Shawl, I wanted to combine a stitch pattern that is complex and intriguing, combined with a simple shape. The juxtapose make for an interesting finished shawl. 






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Friday, May 12, 2017

Lace edge knit shawl: Diadem fingering yarn meets Aquinnah Cliffs



I'm always thrilled to see knitters make my designs...even more so when they change up the yarn and pattern, putting their own unique stamp on it.




Peoplelover over on Ravelry did just that with her version of my Aquinnah Cliffs Shawlette, which she calls Pink Blush. First, she dyed the yarn. Cool, right?! Then, she changed up the garter body to stockinette, ending with a larger finished size. Here is a photo of her finished shawl.

Pink Blush
Image by Peoplelover on Ravelry

Why knitters love the Aquinnah Cliffs Shawlette? The shawl is super easy to make, but looks more complicated than it actually it. It's easy to wear casually or with work clothes.

Take it on the go, in the car, at the campsite, at the playground, or even the movies. The simple garter (or stockinette) body is relaxing and mindless. The lace edge gives you a bit more interest to keep you going.


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