New Pattern: Juniper Lemon Shawl

Two new shawl patterns in a week?! This seems crazy! But it’s a happy kind of crazy…

I had such a great time knitting up both this and the Red Sumac Shawl, and hope you will, too.

The Juniper Lemon Shawl was inspired by a delicious flavor of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream I got to try at TNNA. Maybe I should try to track down some more flavors and do a whole series! Multiple tastings would be in order, just to make sure I got them right…

This design was created with some of my favorite knitters in mind, the Silk Crescent and Balm to the Soul KAL knitters; it’s kind of a combination of the triangular shawl construction of Balm with the periodic increases of  Silk Moon to give it a nice, shallower silhouette.

The lace edging uses the same construction as Balm to the Soul, which means that there are increases on each side of the lace pattern. Juniper Lemon begins with one of my favorite knitting techniques, the Garter Tab Cast-On, to make a crescent-shaped starting row. The shawl uses 440 yards of fingering weight yarn, so makes a fun stashbuster.

The Juniper Lemon Shawl pattern is available for $4.50. I hope you’ll join us in the Juniper Lemon Shawl KAL group on Ravelry, for a chance to hang out with fellow Juniper-Lemon knitters and win fabulous prizes, too! The KAL runs from August 15th to October 1st, and you can join anytime!




New Knitting Pattern: Red Sumac Shawl

The Red Sumac Shawl was one of the most fun projects I’ve ever knit. It starts with one of my favorite cast-on’s, the Invisible Circular Cast-on, and finishes with a Picot Bind-off (those two links let you download the Knitcircus photo tutorials for the techniques). It uses two simple lace patterns, so that it looks pretty but isn’t too taxing to knit. The first leaf pattern, Miniature Leaves, from Barbara Walker’s Treasury, has only three worked lace rows, with yarnovers on each side and a double decrease in the  middle to make a tiny, openwork leaf shape; the second pattern is basically just a longer version, with yarnovers defining the edges and the same double decrease in the center.

I was lucky to get to design this shawl for not one, but two wonderful groups of knitters; my class at beloved LYS The Sow’s Ear, which kicked off last night, and the Ravelry Spin-a-Shawl Group, who are actually making their own yarn for the project! Any of you spinners out there, please do join in the fun with the Spin-A-Shawl group.

The shawl is worked in Malabrigo Silky Merino; the Amoroso colorway reminded me of the big stands of sumac at my parents’ home near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Sumac spreads over the whole uphill overlooking the prairie, and in the fall, the many leaves on the small trees turn cardinal red and orange. They’re actually called Flameleaf Sumac, which suits this colorway perfectly.

Any of you who haven’t tried a Half-Pi shawl, you will be so pleased at how easy it is! Unlike triangular shawls, or even the Silk Moon Crescent, it has no border increases; you just knit merrily along until you come to an eyelet increase round, then everything between that and the next increase round is the same number of stitches. Clever, clever Elizabeth Zimmermann. Where would we be without her?

The Red Sumac shawl is up and available for purchase for $3.50 on Ravelry. Hope you’ll have as much fun knitting it as I did writing it!