Pattern on Ravelry: La Peregrina
Designer: Stephanie Earp
Photographer: Dianna Walla
Sizes Included: 7 Women’s Sizes: 32/36/40/44/48/52/56” at bust
About the Pattern: When Monica, the dyer behind Yarn Experiments, reached out to me to offer me yarn support for a future design, I wanted to do more than just take the yarn and run. I chatted with her about her goals for her business, and the designs she liked best. And then I pitched her a complicated cardigan with lapels. Thankfully, when the yarn was on the needles, it became obvious my idea was all wrong. I started playing with increases I remembered from Estonian lace (or mis-remembered – my star stitch here doesn’t seem to actually exist in that tradition) and this lace yoke was born.
Last Note: My working title for this design was ‘Tellement Cute’, an expression I heard a lot while I was knitting it at a family cottage in Quebec. I still think it’s a great name for a pattern, but La Peregrina (a famous pearl owned by royalty and Elizabeth Taylor) was the perfect name for a pattern that calls for many purls. (Though I do include a tutorial on switching to knitting inside out after the yoke is complete.)
Pattern on Ravelry: Quiet Ways
Designer: Katie Flora.
Sizes Included: 80″ wingspan x 28″ depth.
About the Pattern: I love things that make me feel, and that’s what I always try to create with my designs: a complex feeling that nothing else can really express. So for me, Quiet Ways was about a feeling of wanting to turn the volume down (I’ve been streaming way too much US political news from down here in Australia), remember the old traditions, walk barefoot on dusty floorboards, watch the fir trees brush against the window in the storm while the fire burned hot beside me. Safety in the storm, I suppose. Once I saw the texture and colour of Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft yarn, I could see the finished shawl. Feeling and material mixed and made Quiet Ways.
The shawl starts with a garter tab cast on, and rapid increases on the edges combine with standard make-ones along the spine to create a wide triangle. The lace border is knit sideways and binds off the body stitches. I added tassels because a) I am not immune to the latest trends, and b) I love how they weigh the ends down a bit and keep them in place when wearing the shawl scarf-fashion.
Last Note: The name Quiet Ways comes from a L. M. Montgomery quote I stumbled upon on Pinterest one day. I’m an Anne tragic, so I have to share:
“Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.” — L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea.