I think that handknit items are always the best gifts, shawls and scarves seem particularly so. There is something really special about making a gift for someone that is not only pretty, but can keep them warm as well. So, as a gift from all of us at Classic Elite, I designed a shawl for the company's new owner and long time employee, Betsy Perry.
Kristen and I approached Heather with color options and she thought through the shawls that Betsy had made for herself. We decided that a shawl in Soft Linen in the Smokey Rose color would fit well with her wardrobe. I wanted to design something that was uncomplicated, but pretty. I chose to work a simple triangle that is shaped by increasing at the edges and on either side of the center stitch and finished with a lace pattern. As I was searching through stitch books for just the right lace edging, I came upon a herringbone-ish pattern. The way that the zig-zaging eyelets are lined up along side the stockinette stitch portions reminded me of a fringed edge. I thought that this pattern was the perfect simple, pretty, yet not too frilly edging.
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35% linen, 35% wool, 30% baby alpaca
Soft Linen is very versatile yarn. When knit at a smaller gauge the fabric is smooth and soft and holds its shape beautifully. When knit at a larger gauge the fabric gains even more drape while keeping its shape. The alpaca component fills in the stitches keeping them from appearing too loose while the linen and wool keep the stitches straight and even. The 15 available colors of Soft Linen are earthy and sophisticated.
Here is the free downloadable Soft Linen Shawl pattern.
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I don’t think that I will ever cease to be amazed at how pieces using this type of shaping, end up such lovely triangles! On every right side row the shaping is worked by increasing one stitch on each end and one stitch on either side of the center stitch. The wrong side rows are worked even. When the piece is bound off, the rows form the longest edge of the shawl. The bound off row then becomes the two shorter sides and the point of the triangle. So fantastic!
See how this shawl is shaped.