State of the Kninja, late summer 2015

Summer is icumen out! Already!

If you occasionally check this blog, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been shamefully neglected, and frankly, it’s probably going to continue that way for a while.

As you may or may not remember, this past fall I was busy applying to graduate programs. That stressful period was followed by a new stressful period of hearing back from the programs to which I had applied. This fall, I am very excited to say, I will be starting the English literature PhD program at UC Davis.

So what, then, happens with Knitting Kninja? To be honest, I don’t know! I’m still knitting away happily, but the backlog of patterns that need to be written up and formatted has gotten quite long. However, earlier this summer, I made a conscious decision to take all pressure off in that area. I’ve even been knitting other people’s patterns, something I hadn’t done in a while, and which I really enjoy. I’ll still be writing patterns and taking on projects that interest me (and catching up with some of those backlogged patterns) but I’m going to be doing it as I feel able to rather than on a set schedule. Similarly, I’m not submitting to magazines, books, or other projects currently, but if someone I like working with invites me to do something fun, I’ll probably take it on.

There are a few patterns you haven’t yet seen that will be coming out some time in the next year, for a couple of books I contributed to over the past few years. And I still have a notebook and several Pinterest boards full of ideas for the future, as well as a stash full of lovely yarn, just waiting to be knit. Knitting Kninja isn’t going away.

It is going to become more sporadic and organic, though. I’ll write a blog post when I have the time and energy. I’ll write a knitting pattern when I get a chance. I will have an hour train ride each way whenever I go to school, so I expect I’ll be doing some on-the-go knitting to unwind and even if I lack the energy to write, I may be able to do some picture posts showing what I’ve been working on.

I’ve been moving into more generalized writing in the past few years, and I intend to continue that as well. Writing is one of my most intense passions, and also the thing I do that I most struggle with. I don’t write especially quickly or easily, but I do love and care about writing and I feel a great sense of privilege whenever I get the chance to write on something that I care about. I’ll probably start a separate page or website to keep track of that writing as well, since it doesn’t fit neatly into the admittedly-broad realm of topics I’ve written about here.

So that’s what’s up with me at the moment! I’m excited to delve into the world of Victorian literature, and to use that space to look at and think about race and gender and specific issues around race and gender. I’m excited to get to spend more time around smart people who love literature passionately. I feel very lucky with where my life has gone, and I’m very happy. I hope I’ll be able to share more of that with you.

 

Posted in Grad School, Knitting, Meta, Miscellany

Souvenir of a Killing

Today’s new pattern isn’t really new. I wrote Souvenir of a Killing for the book Hitch, a great collection of patterns inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock, and edited by Stephannie Tallent. I have rewritten Souvenir for release as a single pattern, and updated the slouch version to make it slouchier.

The old version was knit in Sincere Sheep Equity Sport, an excellent sheepy yarn that I highly recommend. The new version is knit in Quince and Co. Chickadee, a bouncy, tight sport weight that comes in a variety of beautiful colors. The color combination possibilities are myriad, and since even the largest size slouch only takes two skeins, it’s an economical project with a lot of fun options.

High contrast colors will work best, and since the chevrons are formed through increases and decreases, you only need to use one color per round. No stranding! I’ve also written the pattern to hide the jog you normally get at the start of round.

The classic beret shape is my favorite, but the slouchier version looks great, too. Both are suitable for all your favorite femme fatale get ups.

The decreases form a lovely, hypnotic bullseye, ideal for throwing off any vertigo-prone enemies who might be following you.

Souvenir of a Killing is $5.00, and is ready for immediate download. Enjoy!

Posted in Hats, Hitch, Knitting, Original Pattern, Souvenir of a Killing, Souvenir to a Killing Beret

Myrna Giveaway

The Myrna Giveaway is over! Thanks for participating!

Would you like a free copy of my Myrna pattern? Myrna is a cowl and mitt set from my Jolie with Pointy Sticks collection, knit simply with some lovely little details. This is one of my own patterns that I wear quite often. It’s not over-the-top fancy, but it’s polished and goes with a lot of different outfits.

I knit mine in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga!, but you can use any sportweight or heavy fingering weight yarn to similar effect. Use something that will feel great against the skin, and pick pretty buttons!

I’m structuring this somewhat like my Beverly giveaway, but using some of the lessons I learned from that. Rather than offering all of the coupon codes in one go, I will be listing five codes at a time, for a total of 25 free patterns, and replacing the codes as I see that each five are used up.

As with the Beverly giveaway, I ask only that you take a free pattern only if you think you genuinely want to knit it. It’s not a contract, and if you think you want it and later change your mind, I promise I won’t be mad at you! I’d just like to get this pattern out to people who would like it.

Here are the first five codes. I’ll update throughout the day! Just try a code, and if it’s used, try the one below it. If all five are used, check back in a little while and I’ll have changed them out. Once all 25 codes are used, I will post a message at the top of this post saying so.

Posted in Cowls, Giveaway, Knitting, Knitting Pattern, Mitts, Myrna

Impressionist Daubs Set

The Impressionist Daubs Set is live!

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Let me tell you a little about these two patterns. Both are designed for use with Hand Painted Knitting Yarns Precious, a silk/merino blend (60%/40%) with a lovely drape and an unusually high yardage (275 per skein!). Since my skeins were so variegated, I wanted to make sure the stitch patterns used would flatter the many colors and keep the resulting hat and shawlette from looking like clown barf. Slip stitch patterns are fabulous for variegated yarns, and after playing around for a bit (my swatch is a column of weird stitches) I settled on the Shetland classic Mrs. Hunter’s pattern, as the best for this yarn.

The colorway used for the slouchy hat and shawlette is called Madame Butterfly, and the weirdest part of knitting this up, for me, was the way the yarn changed in how I viewed it from skein to knitted object. In the skein, the brightest parts of the yarn, the ones that read as coral or pink in the above photos, were very definitely orange. A somewhat reddish orange, but orange. The cobalt, which stands out very decidedly in the knitted objects, appeared far more minimal in the skein. This changing character is often part of knitting highly variegated skeins, but I’ve rarely seen it play out so starkly!

There was far less of this change with the pink and purple skein, in the colorway Fidelio. It knit up and retained its cheerful bright charm. My daughter was smitten.

I love the hat pattern for this set! Although it is written in one size, it fits all of the huge range of head sizes in my home. There are two versions: the beret style, modeled by my daughter, and the slouch, modeled by me.  Both are very flattering and the silk content of the yarn lends itself nicely to a beautiful drape. I think this pattern would also look great knit up in a solid or tonal yarn. I may try it out in a skein of madelinetosh Vintage for which I’ve had a hard time finding a project.

The shawlette pattern is simple, but has some details I think are especially nice. As written, it will use nearly exactly one skein of the Precious, but it is totally modular, and so can use any amount of worsted weight yarn. The panels of staggered Mrs. Hunter’s pattern are broken up with panels of stockinette, and the edging is a simple lace pattern worked on both sides of the shawl. Both body and edging can be worked for any number of repeats, to use up all your yarn, or to change the proportion of body and edging. This would be a cozy large shawl.

I am really, really happy with our photo shoot, taken on a short break in a rainy day at our local beach.

The light was filtered and gorgeous, and I think it really hit on the way these variegated yarns struck in this stitch pattern: I think they look like daubs of paint on an Impressionist painting, and the light of the day really sent that home for me.

I had a great time designing these patterns, and I sincerely hope you’ll have a great time knitting them!

Posted in Hats, Impressionist Daubs, Knitting, Original Pattern, Shawls

On Monday

On Monday, I will be releasing a small set, a hat and shawl pairing designed for use with a drapey, highly variegated colorway. Here’s a little preview of the Impressionist Daubs Set.The shawl is completely modular, so while it’s written for one skein, you can increase it to any size. I’ll tell you more about it on Monday! And keep an eye out Tuesday for a little giveaway. I’ve been meaning to do a followup to my experimental giveaway of the Beverly hat pattern, and this time, I’ll be giving away copies of the Myrna cowl and mitt set, another favorite that’s never really taken off!

Posted in Hats, Impressionist Daubs, Knitting, Shawls

Paralysis

I know other people do this because I’ve talked to other people who do this. You get an email from someone, you mean to reply right away, but you don’t, and then you forget, and by the time you remember again, you’re afraid to send that email because doing so will call attention to how long it took you to send the email. So you ignore it while dreading to open your inbox in case you are reminded of what you’re not doing.

That’s basically what happened with this blog. I was so excited to be writing regularly again, and then I missed a self-scheduled deadline, and then I started to get anxious about it, and I got myself nice and worked up over how remiss I was, without any of the attendant incentive to actually sit down and write. The longer I didn’t post, the more anxious I got over how long it had been since I’d posted.

I’m trying to break out of the self-inflicted paralysis. I’m working on new patterns and on a writing project, in between sitting around anxiously waiting to hear from grad schools, and I want to get back in the habit of writing here. To that end, here’s a link to a post I wrote for Craftsy that fits in nicely with my Designing Lace Triangles series. It’s about shaping top-down shawls, and I had a lot of fun knitting tiny shawls as demos.

And here’s a tiny shawl modeled by a tiny T Rex.

She’s swank as all get out. Photos by my husband, Daniel Cardozo.

I’m going to get my feet back in the water tentatively, and be a little kinder to myself about deadlines, because I think I may get more done that way.

ALSO, in case you missed it, I made a list of unusual knitting patterns for The Toast.

I’m in limbo at the moment on where my life is heading, but hopefully I’ll get that sorted before my death!

Posted in Designing a lace triangle, Writing

Crosshatch Hat – Eleventh Hour

Oh hey, all my grad school applications are turned in. I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am to have that part done. Now I only need to keep the panic down for a couple of months or so.

I released a small mess of new patterns around Thanksgiving, and because I was still in the midst of applications and other nonsense, I didn’t post about them here at the same time. I’m going to try to make up for that this week. First up: Crosshatch Hat!

I fell for this stitch pattern a while back, but my first yarn choice obscured it too much, so I was on the look out for a fuzzy yarn that maintains good stitch definition. Enter Hikoo Kenzie, a perfect blend of wool, angora, alpaca, and nylon. It blooms beautifully when washed, but doesn’t obscure your cables or fancy stitchwork. This usual cable pattern is worked differently than any I’ve done before, creating that slight hiccuping where the ribs cross. It takes a few rounds to get used to it, but it’s quickly internalized and worked from memory.

The pattern made by the stitch reminded me of crosshatching, the short little lines used to shade some ink drawings. There are multiple options within the pattern: a simple ribbed brim or a folded brim for extra warmth, watchcap or slouch length, and an optional pom pom. The pattern is sized from baby to large adult, so there’s a Crosshatch for everyone on your list.

I hope you enjoy it! Crosshatch is available alone or as part of the Eleventh Hour collection.

Posted in Crosshatch Hat, Eleventh Hour, Hats, Knitting, Original Pattern

On stretching

(I will be posting about each of the patterns in the Eleventh Hour collection soon. In the meantime, this post takes precedence.)

It feels impossible to find words that carry enough weight to say what I want to say here. I apologize for the fragmented nature of this post. Despite editing it numerous times, it’s been hard to make my words come together.

If, like me, you live in the United States, it has become impossible to ignore the systematic and continued injustice of the racist state and its callous disregard for Black life. This is not to say that state and economically sanctioned violence is new, different, or unfamiliar, merely that, thanks largely to the work of young activists, privileged people like myself cannot close our eyes to it.

Too many Black people have had their lives stolen by a state that views Black people as potential threats. Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Alan Blueford, Rekia Boyd, John Crawford, Miriam Carey, Tamir Rice, Shereece Francis, Oscar Grant, Yvette Smith, Rumain Brisbon, Jonathan Ferrell, Sharmel Edwards, Ezell Ford, Darrien Hunt. This only-partial list is too long. There shouldn’t be such a list. And worse, these are only people killed by police. Systematic injustice takes many forms, steals lives in many ways. Lives are taken or interrupted by inaction, by imprisonment, by a culture that continues to impede the accumulation of Black wealth.

The Free Marissa Now campaign is raising money for the legal defense fund of Marissa Alexander, a Black woman jailed for defending herself against her abusive husband. Some months ago, they put out a call for donations from artists and craftspeople, asking for handmade goods that could be sold, with all proceeds going to the Free Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund. You can buy any of those items here. At the time, I donated three knitted samples. One currently remains, a red ribbed hat knit in Cascade 220.

There is a tendency among those of us who sit at the outskirts to try to contribute to a movement or cause without actually doing more. We shift ourselves in gentle ways that don’t inconvenience or stretch us. I am trying to be cognizant of my own desire to make this thing that I already do, knitting, fit into my activism. It is not enough, for me, to knit without doing more. Everyone’s abilities – physical, mental, financial – are different, and there are many ways to contribute to a movement, so I make no attempt to say what others should or can do. For White people who want to be allies (and we cannot define ourselves as allies; that is not for us to do), we need to follow rather than lead, and we need to stretch ourselves.

I am not letting my activism stop at knitting, but I have been thinking, as we head into 2015, that I want to make my hobby serve my activism more. In addition to knits I do for new patterns, I tend to have a project on the needles that I carry with me when I’m out, something a little more mindless and familiar. These projects could become items to contribute to causes like Free Marissa Now. People often ask me if I sell my knitting, and typically, I don’t. But if I let go of the idea of making money off of knitted items, I don’t see why I couldn’t change my on-the-go project to something that I will sell to raise money for causes that need it. I will be posting more on this as I think it through further. I’d also love your thoughts on this matter, if you want to share them.

Tomorrow is a national Day of Resistance. You can find actions in your own communities through Ferguson Action. Not everyone can march, and that’s OK, but if you can, turn out.

Much love to all of you and your families at this year’s end. I also want to point you all to this post by the Bad Advisor, which says much more eloquently many of the things I wanted to say. I’m wishing us all a more just 2015.

Posted in Uncategorized

On Designing a Lace Triangle IV: Edgings

This post is part of the Fall Shawl Together organized by Cate of Infinite Twist. You can find other posts in this series at the Fall Shawl Together page.

This is part four of an ongoing tutorial on designing lace triangles.  In Part I, I talked about how to insert lace columns. In Part II, I talked about creating an original all-over lace pattern. In Part III, I went back to the beginning and talked about how to cast on for a lace triangle.

In this post, I’m going to be talking about edgings. Edgings are a bit more challenging than our starting point, but they follow the same logic. There are two usual ways to knit an edging: continue working top-down, as established, or work a sideways knit edging. There are good reasons to use either of these methods, and we’ll talk about both of them. This post is rather long, so you are forewarned!

This is a Chart Key to help decipher the charts pictured below. (You can click through to view larger versions of these the chart illustrations, if you so desire.)

Working your edging top-down continues your body pattern and offers a chance to make an edging that flows out from your columns or all over lace. Although you can absolutely create an edging that does not line up with your previous repeats, and it can look great (the Swallowtail Shawl is a great example of this), I tend to prefer creating edgings that flow naturally from the shawl body repeats. It feels unified and clever, and creates a tidy, finished appearance.

To create a top-down shawl edging that flows from your lace body, you must line up the center stitch of your body repeat with the center stitch of your edging. The rules are the same as before: you increase four times on every right side row, once at each edge, and once on either side of the center stitch. Every increase must have a matching decrease. At the edges of your mirrored panels (two, on either side of your center stitch), you will need to remember to break up double decreases into single decreases if there isn’t room for a matching increase.

This all sounds pretty complicated, I know, so let’s look at it in action.

We’ll start with the lace columns, as that is a bit simpler. This is the lace column repeat we set up in Part I.

Although you can continue the columns to the end of the shawl and bind off, a transition to an all-over lace pattern can look great here. To create it, you’ll need to start a new chart. I find this easiest to do just above the existing chart, so you can have a visual read on how it is lining up. The easiest way to start a new chart is to continue the previous chart. Your shawl blank should be one stitch wider on either side than the last two rows of your shawl body repeat. You can reduce the chart size later, if possible, or make it larger, if necessary.

Now we start building out from the center stitch of our repeat (not the center stitch of the entire shawl). I decided to make my new repeats wider, which is usually what you’ll need to do with columns if you are transitioning to an all-over stitch pattern. This is fine, as long as my new repeats build on the old ones. I still want my new edging to line up with my old columns, so my new edging could incorporate three columns, or five columns, as long as it still lines up. Similarly, I could go down in width, or keep my repeats the same width.

My new repeat incorporates three columns, but still lines up with the body of the shawl. You can see this better when I stack the charts on top of one another (edging is on top of the body repeat).

I’ve added simple increase/decrease pairings, much like the ones I used on the all-over lace pattern, and maintained some of the double-decreases with matched increases that I used in the shawl body. Although the new repeat is wider, it doesn’t completely abandon the columns of lace that we’ve been using up to this point. As written, I’d need two more rows on the edging to make it repeatable, so it would be worked once and then bound off and blocked as desired.

An example of a lace triangle with columns that flow into an all-over edging is my Clothilde pattern.

Let’s take a look at how we’d do the same thing with an all-over lace pattern. This is the all-over lace repeat we established in Part II.

We could continue this pattern to the edge and bind off, and it would look absolutely fine. However, if you wish to get an edging with points or to vary the look, a change in the pattern at the edging is desirable. If you wish to achieve points, you’ll want to separate your increases and decreases, increasing in columns and decreasing in columns. This is a very common and beautiful way to end a knit shawl with an all-over lace pattern.

If, however, you want to end with an all-over pattern, you would create that the same way you created an all-over edging for the knit columns. Maintain the center stitch of the repeat, and work the same size, or incorporating more than one motif of the existing pattern. Here’s an example I made that is the same width as the repeats from the shawl body.

And we’ll again see what this looks like lined up with the shawl body. The edging is on top.

The edging slightly varies the body pattern to create a new pattern that will give the edging a different appearance that is still harmonious with the shawl body. An example of a lace triangle with a top-down edging is my Arabella shawl.

With either of these two triangles we also have the option of a sideways knitted edging. A sideways edging is fun to knit and precludes the need for a long bind-off row. Furthermore, a sideways edging may be any width, and any stitch pattern. For the sake of this example, I will continue to use my primary simple repeat of a double-decrease with a yarn-over increase on either side.

A sideways knitted edging has an active side, where it attaches to the body, and an inactive side where the first stitch is slipped. For this reason, the number of rows in a sideways knitted edging will be twice the number of active body stitches. In other words, if you have 200 stitches on the body before you attach your edging, you will have 400 rows in your edging. If your edging repeat is four rows in length, each repeat will have two right-side rows that attach to your body, and two inactive wrong-side rows.

If you intend to use the same yarn for the edging as the body, cast on the number of stitches you intend to use for the edging panel, plus one more, which will be the stitch you use to attach the edging to the body. Work across the edging stitches until you reach the final stitch, and then knit the last edging stitch together with the first live stitch from the body. That stitch is effectively bound off. Turn, slip the stitch you just knit, and work across the wrong side of your edging repeat as desired.

Here is an easy two-row sideways edging that will work on both of my example shawls, and indeed, any knitted item. Because it is only two rows, it has only one active right side row, and will attach to any number of stitches without ending mid motif.

An example of a shawl with a sideways knitted edging is my Fine Hewn pattern. It is not a triangle shawl, but the principle is the same.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful! I realize that this is a complicated topic, and I’m happy to answer questions if you have them.

Posted in Design, Designing a lace triangle, Knitting, Shawl Together, Shawls, Tutorials

Guest post: Yarn Substitution

Today, as part of the Fall Shawl Together, I have a guest post from Jill Wolcott! You can also check out this post on her blog.

This post is part of the Fall Shawl Together, a collaborative project featuring great shawl-related content from designers, bloggers, and podcasters. We’re featuring a new post each week, now – December. You can check out all the posts on the Fall Shawl Together Project Page and show us what you’re working on by tagging your shawl projects!  #shawltogether

Yarn Substitution

We all do it. We see a pattern and then choose the yarn, or we choose the yarn, then find a pattern that will work. We have also likely had some less than glorious outcomes. So how do you make a knowledgeable and appropriate yarn substitution?

I think most knitters substitute based on what is readily available to them. They may be looking for a yarn substitution from their stash, or from their favorite yarn purveyor, or they may be looking for a less expensive option.

Remarkable-WrappedSuitable Yarn Substitutions

I provide extensive gauge information in my patterns because I feel it is really important that the knitter get the same fabric I used in my original design. But that only works insofar as the yarn is the same as or nearly identical to the yarn I used. I don’t begrudge anyone making a yarn substitution because every knitter needs to make the project they want to make, but without directly comparing to the original yarn, results will vary.

I focused on Remarkables for this post. It is a luscious piece, but the yarn used is quite unique, and relatively expensive, so I was interested in what would happen with other yarns. The photo below is of my unblocked swatches. The top center is Air from Zealana, the original yarn. I knit all of these on the same needle. Hat Box got the bottom trim added which I didn’t do in the others. Helix isn’t pictured here because I had already blocked it.

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Yarn Base

If you can get gauge it will work, right? Obviously, you need to keep to the same general yarn weight, and choosing one sock yarn over another might not make a lot of difference, but there are different yarn structures (twist, ply) as well as fiber content differences. I look at yarn from a user’s standpoint, without a lot of regard to subtleties of structure. All of the swatches are in sock-weight yarns. Satchel is a single ply and the rest of my yarns choices are plied. I usually compare weight and yardage too.

Air is a lace yarn, but in this application it is worked at a sock-weight gauge to take full advantage of its halo. Oy. See why substitutions can be tricky? If you don’t know the original yarn it might mean that a bit of crucial information is missing from your equation.

Fiber Content

Air is unique in large part because of its 40% brushtail possum fiber, which is blended with 40% cashmere and 20% mulberry silk. I’m sure Woolyarns could tell us much about its structure, but the possum fiber is the piece that I find makes it most unique from a user standpoint.

Working from the upper left and going clockwise, here is ball-band information. I created 100g equivalents for those yarns that came in different weights.

▪    Sprinkles from Delicious Yarns: 100% superwash merino wool, 100g/450 yds (411m)
▪    Air from Zealana:  40% brushtail possum, 40% cashmere, 20% mulberry silk, 25g/191 yds (175m) [100g/764 (688m)]
▪    Hatbox from Mrs. Crosby:  75% superwash merino wool, 15% Silk, 10% cashmere, 100g/317 yds (290m)
▪    Mimi from Lotus/Trendsetter : 100% mink, 50g/328 yds (300m) [100g/656 (590m)]
▪    Satchel from Mrs. Crosby:  100% superwash merino wool, 100g/370 yds (338m)
▪    Not pictured: Helix from Infinite Twist, 100% wool, 67g/200 yds (183m) [100g/300 yds (270m)]

These all got approximately the same gauge, but there is quite a bit of variation in the yardage/weight, so this isn’t a clear path to a great substitution.

Price

You will need the equivalent of three balls of Air to make this piece. Air retails for $25/ball so the yarn for the Shawlette costs $75. Since we can’t really do a direct substitution, I’m going to estimate that we need between 600 and 750 yards.

▪    Sprinkles from Delicious Yarns: $24/100g. Cost $48
▪    Air from Zealana:  $25/25g. Cost $75
▪    Hatbox from Mrs. Crosby:  $27/100g. Cost $54 to $81
▪    Mimi from Lotus/Trendsetter: $23/50g. Cost $46
▪    Satchel from Mrs. Crosby:  $17/100g. Cost $34
▪    Helix from Infinite Twist, $17/201g. Cost $51 to $68

There is a lot of cost variation in this list. The project yarn cost (based on my assumptions) goes from a low of $34 to a high of $81. So why not just buy the least expensive yarn and go for it?

Physical Properties

I knit all these swatches in yarns I assumed would work in this design. I knit the gauge swatch/beginning of the Scarf from the pattern. I varied the cables a bit, and clearly, I got tired of knitting on some of them. I’ve washed the swatches, where noted threw them in the dryer, and blocked the lace sections with my steam iron.
Color ended up playing a key role. Complex stitch design means the yarn color can really compete with the design; this might not be the place to use your beautiful hand-dye.

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“This cunning confection of a shawlette rises in delicate tiers . . ” is the part that was the most difficult to replicate.

▪    Sprinkles from Delicious Yarns (dryer): Swatch weighs 14g. This one looks much weightier, and I find the color really distracting.  I can’t wait to use this yarn somewhere else.
▪    Air from Zealana (dryer): Swatch weighs 6g. This yarn doesn’t have a lot of memory and flattens out, but the dryer helps bring out the halo and drape.  Still love this yarn/design combination. There is a scarf that takes one ball.
▪    Hatbox from Mrs. Crosby (dryer): Swatch weighs 12g without Bottom Trim. I like the stitch definition in this one, but it lacks the weightless look of Air, so it becomes less a confection, but I like it. Also try it for Tuscany , Medallion, and Kintail.
▪    Mimi from Lotus/Trendsetter: Swatch weighs 9g. This is most similar to Air, but it is definitely heavier, so doesn’t feel like a confection. I’d try it for Belon.
▪    Satchel from Mrs. Crosby: Swatch weighs 14g. I loved this swatch before I blocked it. Can’t wait to use this yarn in something else.
▪    Helix from Infinite Twist: Swatch weighs 15g without Bottom Trim. This yarn has a wonderful springy twist to it, which makes it all wrong for Remarkables. Grab Ashland for this one (and a capelette version is being added to the pattern next week!)

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There is a shawl for every yarn, and a yarn for every shawl, so take time to make sure you’ve got a great match. You know. Swatch first.

Posted in Fall Shawl Together, Guest post, Jill Wolcott, Knitting, Substitutions, Yarn