New 4ply Designs – #1 Diamond Corner Shawl

I’ve taken a break from my Unwind prep to post about the first of 3 new designs. Each uses my Baby Alpaca/Silk 4ply and will be available from 10.00am tomorrow 10th July, timed of course to celebrate Unwind!

Diamond corner main

Firstly there’s the Diamond Corner Shawl which is knitted in sh 879 Mist. I’ll not lie, this  bat shaped design is a big knit as the width across the top is 193 cm or if you prefer 76 inches. It begins on single point needles with a panel worked in a lace pattern that undulates from picot cast on to picot cast off for 86 cm (33 3/4 in). After this you’ll need a long circular needle for the side wings which are created by both picking up and purling into the side of the central spine and casting on extra stitches. Once the lace pattern has been established decreases worked at the side edges and centre help to create the batwing shape. I found when I was swatching that this central double decrease has an intriguing effect on the regular columns of the lace pattern and it was this cornering effect that inspired the design’s name

 Diamond corner detail 1 Diamond corner detail 2

I’m not a huge fan of picking up and knitting on edges with a design of this size so instead I’ve added a picot detail to the beginning of each row which means that once you’ve cast off the shawl is complete. In terms of skill level I would say this design is aimed at intermediate knitters and above due to the size of the shawl and the way in which it’s constructed. You can download the pattern for £3.00 from my Ravelry Pattern Store from 10.00am GMT tomorrow and you’ll find the kit available to buy on the Jeanette Sloan Design website where there’s 10% off until midnight 13th July.

Hope you like it

J x

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Dionne Shawl

Image copyright Jeanette Sloan 2012

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….

Image copyright Jeanette Sloan 2012

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.

Image copyright Jeanette Sloan 2012

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.

Image copyright Jeanette Sloan 2012

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

J x

Maggiore shawl, The Knitter Issue 15

The Maggiore shawl is my latest design for The Knitter.

The undulating areas of sheer are created by working variable drop stitch contrasted against bands of slip stitch / garter stitch in combination with 3 different yarns from the same intensely rich purple colour palette. It may appear very easy but sometimes quite nice to show a bit of design restraint and let a simple concept and the yarn do the talking.