I was asked to design a rectangular shawl by Yarn to Knit, an online indie yarn retailer, to demonstrate their new hand-dyed 4ply yarn with stellina sparkle. The brief was to give as much versatility from the pattern as possible. I spent a few days wrapping lengths of cloth around my mannequin until I hit upon the idea of including sets of small buttons at strategic points around the edge of the shawl to allow for a minimum of seven conversions in it’s wearing; thus the seed of the Lady Heather 7-way Wear Shawl was born.
The lace motifs were inspired by a vintage Japanese craft book fortuitously lent to me at the time of designing. I aimed to mimic the graceful stencils seen in Japanese artwork and earthenware, as well as to maintain a lightness in the overall garment.
The final pattern, worn with positive ease, is written in two lengths and three sizes to suit all sizes from UK 8 to 20. Two to three skeins of 4ply sparkle is sufficient, knit on 5mm needles to a gauge of 14st and 20r/ 10cm sq (4 inches sq) over an openwork mesh pattern.
Lady Heather will be on display on the Yarn to Knit stall at Wonderwool Wales on April 9th-10th. The pattern can be purchased now from Ravelry following the link below (sign up is not required).
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