I have been so busy with the day job that completely forgot to post that I have a new design up on Knotions!
Every Month Jody gives the designers a theme to work to.
This month the theme was Garter stitch.
Most Shetland lace is knitted on a garter stitch base and there are so many pretty patterns to choose from.
The alternative inspiration was India and my mind wandered to an odd little stitch pattern that I remembered seeing that was based on a paisley teardrop.
Paisley shawls were very popular in 1800’s and were produced mainly in Paisley in Renfrewshire in Scotland. These were copies of Kashmir shawls from the 15th and 16th century that had started to find their way into Europe.
The Paisley shawls were woven, but as with many fiber crafts the motifs are interchangeable and found their way into a knitted form. I started thinking what would happen if I was to combine the colors associated with the Kashmir and Paisley Shawls with the lace motifs of classic Shetland lace knitting…
This shawl is the result.
The shawl is knitted in sections. A sideways knitted border, then the paisley section with a central section of rosebud lace. A second border section is then grafted or attached with a three needles bind off at the other end.
I had so much fun designing this one you can get it here (non Ravelry link)
In other news we are now well into the knitting of the Charlotte’s Web Mystery KAL and I am thoroughly enjoying knitting along with rest of the knitters, though I am slightly regretting my decision to do the cape version. It will be far more practical to wear for my lifestyle, but in the latter clues the rows are very long and with patterning on every row ( right and wrong side) I am really having to pay attention to all the purled decreases ;-). It will be worth it in the end.
Hopefully I will be able to show you all the baby clothes I have been making for colleagues soon. The last of them goes on maternity leave very soon and I can post without spoiling the surprise for the mums to be.
Al la prochaine!