As promised yesterday, I just released this new shawl/cape pattern on Ravelry and Craftsy.
Last year, I really wanted to design a cool cape design that still embodies the inspiration I got from Downton Abbey. Plus, California was uncharacteristically cold and wet; perhaps I was up earlier than most people going to work at 3 am.
I sketched and drafted this pattern on the metrolink, while commuting to work. I knitted a prototype/test sample in aran weight yarn but was not happy with the yarn choice or the finished product. I knew I wanted the general design to be still feminine and romantic but wanted the fabric to be slightly more dense and heavier.
Up close and personal:
C’mon. I know that you have this yarn somewhere in your stash!
It’s none other than Bernat Natural Alpaca Blend in Natural. I know, an acrylic blend? I knew that if I wore this outside, I would get it dirty somehow. I also wanted it to be easily washed in the washing machine. Then I added a laceweight mohair/acrylic blend yarn from Universal Yarns, and held the two yarns together for this marled effect.
I also re-did the collar 3 times in the first prototype to get it right. At first, I wanted it to be asymmetric and with a button closure. It didn’t fit right.
So I frogged and did it in 1×1 rib but it didn’t look right either. It was kind of soft and drapey, which didn’t look right with the look I was going for in my head.
I made the collar in double thickness, so that it will stand right and hold the overall heavy/dense look.
Now, I didn’t really know what to call this. I had a choice between a CAPE and a Shawl, and went with a Shawl since I wanted it to be something you just grab and throw on for a quick walk with your doggies or a lunch date. SHAWL with a COLLAR. =)
So there you go people. I published this pattern on Ravelry as well as Craftsy.
Craftsy, take me to Snowflake Shawl page.
Ravelry, take me to Snowflake Shawl page.
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Mid-summer sale on my two warm-weather designs: Tropical tee and Embrace Me Shawl!
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Embrace Me shawl
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No photos yet (they’re on my new Sony Nex!) but I just wanted to report that I’m back in California in one piece.
Last day was totally hectic. I had to go to a class at 8, which ended at 9. Had a short break time, knitting with Teresa (of CanarySanctuary), Allyson (of HollaKnits & The Sweatshop of Love), Andrea (of Andrea Knit Design) and Amy (of Knitscene). Then off to meet with a vendor who wanted to have a short interview with me for their website.
And then the vendor gave me a lot of yarn samples for yarn support which was great, but I only had a small bag.. and so I had to frantically find a box to mail a package from the hotel! And then it was time to leave already. :( I had missed the lunch gathering with designers.
Next time, definitely going to stay until Monday!
i woke up at 4 this morning and headed to the airport! my DH was able to give me a ride before his yoga class so I was glad i spent that extra bucks to be able to fly from Orange County.
4 may sound super early for most people but not to yours truly. This actually meant that i was able to sleep an extra hour haha. My DH however, was not amused, and neither was Bagel.
Anyhow, im really looking forward to the rest of the weekend, as this is my first time in Ohio!!!