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.


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


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

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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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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