It may seem a strange thing to admit but as a designer I’ve never been the most prolific, banging one design out after another. Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that way of working and I admire those that can do it. But ever since my student days I’ve taken the time to love and develop an idea through the swatching, graphing and pattern writing process to the final creation. That’s just the way that I’ve found I’m best able to work and it means that when I like a design, I REALLY love it. And this is the case with my latest shawl design….
Dionne is a bottom up triangular shaped shawl knitted in my wonderfully soft Baby Alpaca / Silk 4ply yarn. It begins with just a few stitches and widens as vertical lines of a teardrop shaped lace motif travel down its length.
I wanted the shawl to have a ‘finished’ rather than a raw edge but didn’t want to have to pick up and knit to achieve this so instead I’ve used double eyelets at each edge and knitted into the 1st and last stitches on the WS rows to prevent the fabric from curling.
The shawl takes 200g (4 x 50g) of my Baby Alpaca / Silk 4ply which is a lovely blend with just the right balance of lustre /softness from the silk and warmth from the alpaca content. (It’s 30% silk, 70% Baby Alpaca). I know from experience how it slips along quite beautifully when knitting although I have to say a HUGE thank you to my great friend Mary who knitted this Dionne for me. The pattern is available as a PDF download and given how awful the British ‘Summer’ weather is you could say it was the perfect thing to be knitting at the moment.
For more information on pattern and yarn have look at the website here