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5 Shawls I Can’t Wait to Cast On

August 10, 2017
5 Shawls I Cant Wait to Cast On

Hello everyone! What at week it’s been! I was caught by surprised with a little stomach bug this weekend, and before I could get my schedule back on track we welcomed a new niece into the world! Oh, and we started Whole 30 (mostly) again. It’s been a whirlwind. Despite all that, I was finally able to finish up my Gully shawl and block it, so pictures will be coming soon! 

I’m approaching the tail end of my summer knitting list and my strength is waning. I’ve got cast-on-itis. Give me all the bright colors. Or all the neutral colors. Or literally anything other than what I’m supposed to be knitting. right. now… (Not that my current project is bad. It’s totally not it’s fault. I’m just not feeling it this week.) 

So of course, my eye has been wandering a little bit. I’m anxiously waiting for Fall, so shawls are on my mind. I’m slowly putting together a small fade (5 colors), but I’m 3 colors in and I’m stuck. I’ve also got a nice skein of gray tonal sock yarn that could become a lovely wardrobe stable. Of course, there’s always the option of new yarn, but I’m trying to save my pennies.  With this in mind, here are some of the patterns that have caught my eye lately:

Aperture  by Ambah O’Brien

Aperture - 5 Shawls I'm Itching to Cast On

Aperture represents my favorite style of shawl; light, symmetrical and polished. It looks airy enough for early fall and the lace means that you can get the most out of one skein on yarn. I could see myself wearing a shawl like this, either in gray, or in my leftover Quince and Co. Finch in Honey from my Tegna Sweater. It can be knit in two sizes (small shown) but since I’m limited on yarn I would probably stick to the smaller version.

For You by Julia Swart

For You - 5 Shawls I'm Itching to Cast On

This is where you can start to see my fade angst creeping in. For You is a shawl designed for the use of leftover yarn or mini skeins. I’m tempted to just put together a bundle of mini skeins to satisfy my loud and bright (and speckled!) cravings. I don’t really have a lot of bright scraps from my projects. (If anyone wants to swap leftovers, hit me up!) I like For You because it’s a manageable shawl size; not shlanket sized like Find Your Fade. It’s a simple, easy to interpret pattern that lends itself to multiple adaptations. I don’t know how long I can hold off my craving for brights, but For You is calling me…

Soft Sunday by Suvi Simola

Soft Sunday - 5 Shawls I'm Itching to Cast On

Aaand we’re back to neutrals! Soft Sunday looks exactly how it sounds. Soft, squishy and comforting. I love the imagery that the name give. It incorporates garter stitch, which I happen to love, and some lace for interest. I love it just as it’s shown in the picture, in a creamy neutral. I could see this working in a gray, mustard or muted blue as well. Honestly, it would look good in pretty much any of YOTH’s colorways. Soft Sunday would make a great late fall, early winter shawl. We’ll see if it makes it onto my knit list.

Nelia by Ambah O’Brien

Nelia - 5 Shawls I'm Itching to Cast On

Nelia might look like the same thing as Aperture and it’s by the same designer, but don’t be fooled! It’s is actually more parallelogram in shape than triangular. This shawl does not come to a point in the middle, but stays straight. This is SUPER appealing to me, because I usually wear my shawls as scarves and I have having to check to make sure my point in centered. This takes care of the problem. I’m also a sucker for that toffee color… Out of all the shawls featured today, this might be my favorite.

Stormy Sky Shawl by Life is Cozy

Stormy Sky - 5 Shawls I'm Itching to Cast On

Are you noticing a color trend yet?? I want it to be Fall already… I was drawn to Stormy Sky because of it’s tassels. Aren’t they the cutest? It’s a very Harry Potter vibe if you ask me. I think they add just the right touch to create interest in this shawl. Without the tassels, I don’t know that this shawl would really stand out. With tassels, it looks like it’s waiting for a nice window seat with a favorite book and a cup of tea (preferably while it rains outside). The Stormy Sky shawl seems very on trend with non knitting fashion as well. I could totally see a non knitter wearing this too.

 

 

 

Featured Finished Object Knitting Pattern

Ascension Hat: A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern (Free)

March 23, 2017

You ever get a thought in your head that you just can’t shake? Maybe a memory or an image that keep popping up over and over. That happens to me a lot. This past February, the image that I couldn’t get out of my mind was garter stitch. Big, fat, bulky garter stitch. I was also drawn to strong, kindergarten, bright reds. It took me a little fussing and finagling  to get there, but the result of my obsession was the Ascension Hat.

Ascension Hat : A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern

The Ascension Hat

The Ascension Hat is a quick hat knit in a bulky yarn (bonus points for bold colors!) that features a charming garter stitch feature that rises to the crown of the hat like a mountain. Images of ascension have been all around recently too. Our church is going through a series called “Elevate,” and every time I worked on my little garter stitch mountain I heard Phil Wickham’s The Ascension in my head.  So of course, I had to name this hat after it. The Ascension Hat also features a huge pompom, because 1. I’ve always wanted one and 2. pompoms are totally hot right now. I initially wanted to use a fur pompom, but that made it look like a weird Santa hat, so here we are.

Ascension Hat: A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern

The Yarn

This was my first time working with Quince and Co.’s Puffin. I had drafted this hat earlier in a different yarn and it looked totally different. Just proof that sometimes the yarn makes the project. Puffin is a single ply bulky yarn with a slightly felted texture. I was worried that it would be splitty, since it was such a big single ply, but the felting kept it together nicely. Just the same, it’s  not a yarn that can stand up to a lot of frogging. The colors on Puffin are amazing. I would like one of each, please. I remember telling The Hubs that if the red wasn’t as bright as my lipstick, then I didn’t want to use it. Peak’s Ferry totally delivered.

I was a little nervous that one skein would not be enough for this pattern, and had a bit of yarn chicken but it turned out okay. The yarn also grew a lot during blocking, so that’s something to be aware of as well. Overall, I enjoyed the way Puffin performed in this project and I can’t wait to use it again. Also, Puffin makes a kick ass pompom!

Ascension Hat: A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern

Shown: A Kick Ass Pompom

Want to knit your own?

Download the Free Pattern Here: Ascension Hat

Be sure to let me know if you do, because you know I want to see you rocking it!

Love, Tori

P.S. I totally had my eyes dilated just before we took these pictures. Hence, the shades. Also, because I’m cool like that.

Featured Finished Object Knitting Lifestyle Pattern

Pattern: Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts

February 1, 2017
Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts by Yarnsley Lane

I’m excited introduce a new pattern of mine, and the first published pattern of Yarnsley Lane! Meet the Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts! Inspired by necessity, these mitts are designed to be petite in your coat sleeves, but warm on the fingers. They contain a cozy cable pattern that reminds me of winter and an afterthought thumb (my favorite method!). Better yet, they can be made in less than 1 skein of Juniper Farms Moonshine!

The Inspiration

Lets talk a little about what inspired the Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts. As the days got shorter and the weather got colder, I reached into the back of my closet for my trusty fingerless mitts. Imagine my devastation when I found out that they had holes! And apparently a dropped stitch in the thumb (Clumsy me.)! I was bummed to find that they were no longer wearable. Clearly some new mitts were in order, but what did I want?

I knew that I wanted something short that wouldn’t interfere with my sleeves in my coat. I envisioned a long cuff that I could fold down over my fingers to shield them from the wind.  The knits would need some visual interest. Something cozy, like cables. I searched and searched ravelry, but nothing quite fit what I wanted.  The solution was clear: It was time to design my own.

The Yarn:

As for the yarn, I must have circled the yarn store about 50 times looking for just the right yarn for the Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts. I knew in my head that it was a creamy color, that it was a squishy single ply and that I wanted some good fuzz factor. I needed yarn with a good halo. Finally I decided on this Juniper Farms Moonshine. It’s a single ply with wool, alpaca and silk. The alpaca give it the nice halo I was looking for and the silk makes it luminous. The color didn’t have a name on my yarn band, but with a little searching I believe the color is Flan. I cannot think of a more perfect name for this color. I have to stop thinking about it because it’s making me hungry.

The Pattern

The Maple Smash Mitts are just what I needed; a short fingerless glove that features a nice big cable and a cuff to shield my fingers from the cold. They are knit in the round with an afterthought thumb(my favorite!) and take very little time (and yarn!) to knit up!

Get the pattern for free here: Maple Smash Mitts by Yarnsley Lane

Or on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maple-smash-mitts

So go out there! Knit your own mitts!

If you do, let me know, because I’d love to see them.