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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Tagged accessories, alpaca, Anthropologie, cape, commute, design, downton abbey, fashion, handknit, handknitting, jeanchungdesigns, Knitting, knitwear, LA, marled, metrolink, pattern, rowan, shawl, snowflake, warm, winter, work
I just finished the draft of my first pattern of 2014!
I’m very excited, and this is something I designed a year ago but finding the right yarns and gauge took some time. Then it got too warm to publish it so just this month, I finally finished the draft of the pattern.
I’ll be publishing it on Monday morning, but here is a PREVIEW.
Posted in Finished, Knitting
Tagged 2014, chunky, handknit, jeanchungdesigns, Knitting, pattern, Preview, shawl, snowflake, winter
Mid-summer sale on my two warm-weather designs: Tropical tee and Embrace Me Shawl!
Buy Tropical pattern Here
Embrace Me shawl
Buy Embrace Me pattern Here
Click the images to get to the Ravelry pattern pages. No coupon code needed, $1 will automatically be deducted from each pattern.
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Tagged august, crochet, embraceme, fingering, handmaiden, jeanchungdesigns, Knitting, knitwear, midsummer, sale, shawl, summer, tropical
I’m working on the second bobbin now. This will be a 2-ply yarn so should be fairly quick.
This is such a dream to spin. It’s a shame that Yarn chef has closed her shop this year. if you have any Yarn Chef fiber you don’t plan to use send them my way hehehehe
Loving the colors and the bamboo makes it slightly shiny. This is going to a gorgeous shawl.
Posted in In Progress, Knitting
Tagged bamboo, design, fiber, handdyed, handknit, handspun, JDKnitter, jeanchungdesigns, knitmoregirls, Knitting, merino, shawl, spakal, spinning, yarnchef