Saturday, March 31, 2018

Stonefeather

Stonefeather

I often draw inspiration from nature for many of my designs - some subtly so, some not so subtle. Today's newly released shawl pattern falls into the latter category. Or perhaps it floats into it, slowly and gracefully like, oh I don't know, a giant feather maybe. That's right. I've designed this shawl to resemble a huge feather, with a center spine and lots of little barbs/hairs shooting outward.

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This was a collaboration with the guys over at Leon Alexander Yarns, using two colors of their Heir single-ply fingering weight merino, one of which was held together with a single strand of their Heiress laceweight mohair/silk blend. They and their yarns were truly a pleasure to work with! The loose gauge and mohair halo give the shawl a soft, lofty, weightless feeling that might make you wish you could glide away on the breeze. And of course, being bi-color brioche, it's completely reversible! Purple with green on one side, green with purple on the other - or whatever marvelous color combination you fancy.

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New to brioche? That's ok! This pattern would make a great intro to the brioche technique, with plenty of plain ribbing to practice the basics in between some simple shaping rows where you'll learn how to increase and decrease in this stitch pattern. So what are you waiting for?

SIZE
One size, easily adjusted

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Length: 84 inches
Width: 14 inches

GAUGE (after blocking)
16 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in brioche rib

MATERIALS
Fingering weight yarn, approximately 430yds/423m each of two colors
Leon Alexander Yarns Heir [100% merino; 430yds/423m per 100g skein]:
DC: Deadly Nightshade; 1 skein
LC: Haunted; 1 skein

Laceweight mohair yarn to be held double with LC (optional)
Leon Alexander Yarns Heiress [70% mohair, 30% silk; 460yds/421m per 50g skein]: Hemlock Root; 1 skein
US #4/3.5mm circular needle
2 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Buy now on Ravelry!

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2 comments:

  1. Wow. Wow wow wow. This is so delicious. Well done you!

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