My newest lace design is finally being released today and with it an official end to my design slump. I’m so relieved!
I named it Waldenwood as the stitch pattern reminded me of tree branches deep in the woods and the border resembled leaves overhead. And I love and find inspiration in nature so it seemed like a good, woodsy choice.
It’s a new shape for me, a curved crescent shape which is very shoulder friendly and seems to just settle in the right spot and stay there. It’s quite wide and not too deep which I personally find very wearable. It may be scrunched up and worn wrapped around the neck on a cold day, or spread out in many different ways around the shoulders when just a touch of warm is needed.
The construction method was an experiment that worked out quite happily. It is knit from the top down, as per your usual triangular shawl, but without the centre spine and with a pretty edging worked simultaneously with the body. The right border is then continued sideways across the bottom of the shawl, casting off the body stitches as you go. There is no grafting involved, no provisional anything, nothing scary at all. Just peaceful knitting. The stitch pattern for both the main body and the borders are simple and very easy.
The orange sample is knit using Handmaiden Casbah, one of my favourites for lace. I have used it over and over for projects and never tire of it. It’s a wonderful yarn to work with and blocks perfectly every time.
The green sample is knit with Sweet Merino Lite by my friend Melissa, the hand dye genius behind Sweet Fiber yarns. I fell in love with the colorway (called Mallard) and it didn’t disappoint. The yardage is amazing (434 meters per skein) and most importantly for lace, it blocked like a dream. Melissa also graciously agreed to model the shawl for me. and also test knit the pattern using one of her new colorways called Emerald Isle. Watch her blog for photos.
Thanks to all the test knitters on this project – Melissa, Carol, Sophie and Katina. Their hard work is much appreciated.
The shawl may be made larger by simply knitting more repeats of the main pattern. The samples shown were both knit with one skein of yarn and measure approximately 50 inches across and 16 inches deep.
Waldenwood Shawl for sale on Ravelry.