Back in October 2010 I started a scarf, knit lengthways in linen stitch, from four skeins of Koigu Painters Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM). Things in my life were not right at that time, and it was a meditative marathon of a knit. Each row of …
The blocking thread has finally been pulled free of my Brambling Shawl, and the finished piece is ready for a photograph, even if I have to pull a few funny shapes so that I can stand back far enough from it to get the whole length in shot. It’s quite generously proportioned without being bulky or overwhelming; it is a shallow triangle more scarf-like in wear than a traditional shawl to cover the shoulders and back. It’s light as a feather. It’s warm, and it is soft.
This is the first of Bristol Ivy’s designs that I have ever knit, and my biggest appreciation of this particular knit comes from the immaculate pairing of yarn and project. Though I found the Cumulus yarn tricky to work at times (mostly when working M1R increases with the blunt-ish tip pf a 4mm needle) it was worth the perseverance, as the halo on the yarn perfectly softens the angular lines made by decreases and interruption to smooth stockinette that increases can sometimes result in. The effect is to draw the eye away from the structure of the knitted fabric and to widen the focus to the entire project, and the play of shapes and colours.
I have enough yarn remaining from knitting this shawl to make another of similar size. I’m not usually one to be too precious about keeping my yarn leftovers, but most of my yarn is smooth in texture, so this is a bit different from most of my stash. I may knit a similar project of sweeping lines, perhaps working shaping rows every 3rd (instead of 4th) row, and shifting the colours at a frequency to suit, or it could work to line or blend with another yarn for some particularly warm mittens. I’ll likely sit on the prospect a long while as I don’t think the shawl is a pattern that I would knit again immediately (and I rarely knit a pattern more than once), and the thought of winter mittens is a long way off. More importantly, I’m currently enjoying knitting my next exciting project from the Year Of Techniques series.
The second month’s instalment of A Year of Techniques focusses on the favourite skill of 1980s jumper fans: Intarsia. Bristol Ivy’s Brambling Shawl sets out to separate intarsia’s reputation away from images of a grinning Giles Brandreth in a striking and bold colourblock design. Knit in …
I am excited to announce the release of my new shawl pattern: Emberwarm.
This smart and stylish shawl is so named for the resemblance of warm embers in a fire grate, and the feeling of cosy warmth that both will give. The shawl is knit in simple garter stitch with occasional slipped stitches that create the pattern in a form of mosaic knitting. This means that to knit the shawl the knitter only works with one shade of yarn in any given row, so the knit is both speedy and incredibly easy, yet still interesting as the pattern unfolds with each successive row. This also means that there are no awkward ‘floats’ of yarn at the rear of the work to catch on clothing or to cause interference with tension when knitting.
The ingenious design of this shawl allows for complete customisation of the size without any need for complex mathematics or forward-planning, as it is knit from the bottom point upwards and can be knit as a small neckerchief by simply completing fewer rows, or knit into a huge encompassing wrap by continuing the knitting until the piece is at the desired size.
An added benefit of this is being able to use all of a precious skein of yarn with a colour progression that should be made the most of, or a special skein of handspun that deserves to be knit in its entirety with none left to waste.
The Emberwarm shawl has a beautiful slightly textural feel to the knitting due to the garter stitch and slipped stitch patterning making the finished shawl springy and light. Warm air is trapped between the fibres of the garter ridges of the fabric, which retains extra bounce due to the nature of the stitch.
A benefit of garter stitch is that it lays completely flat, which, alongside the other benefit of there being no yarn floats on the reverse side to get caught clothing, or any other annoyances makes it extremely hard-wearing, simple to wear and extremely easy to care for.
For all of these reasons, Emberwarm also makes a perfect gift, as it requires no instructions for blocking should it require washing!
As well as being completely customisable in size (as a guide the sample shawl measures 130cm (52″) in span, instructions are also given to add an optional knitted-on iCord edge for finishing the shawl. This iCord edging is different from many knited-on varieties as it completely wraps around the outer edge rather than sit flush on top of the edge, giving a perfect finish to both sides of the shawl.
The downloadable pattern for Emberwarm contains both written and charted instructions, for ease of knitting, as well as schematics and notes on sizing.
Yarn weight: Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
Gauge: 28 stitches = 4 inches in Main Pattern
Needle size: US 3 – 3.25 mm
Yardage: 427 – 448 yards (390 – 410 m) used for sample size
Sizes available: Can be knit to any size. Sample shawl is 130cm (52″) wide and 30cm (12″) depth.
Price: $4.80 add to cart or buy it now