Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November Favorites: Shawls, Scarves and Wraps

Lately I've been looking through a lot of patterns, trying to pair each yarn in my stash with the perfect pattern.  These are some of my favorites.  Some are old, some are new; some are by established favorite designers, and others are by up-and-comers.


Anthemion Wrap by Miriam Felton

I didn't notice this one when it first came out in Knitty, but one night I was on a Miriam Felton kick on Ravelry and came across this gem.  I love how her designs are so architectural, and how beautiful and weightless they look in laceweight silk.  I have quite a bit of laceweight silk in my stash, so I think I might attempt this pattern with this Claudia Hand Painted Silk.



Sakura by Leila Raabe

This one is from Brooklyntweed's new Loft collection.  I've really been loving my triangular shawls as of late - I wear them as scarves because they have concentrated warmth right at the neck where I need it and the ends hang out of the way.  Plus they're a great way to add color to an outfit!  So whenever I see pretty triangular shawl patterns, I'm automatically drawn to them.

I like that this shawl is textured, and just a touch lacy.  Plus, it's made out of Loft - I haven't seen it in person yet, but I love the colors and subtle tweediness.  I might be able to dig into my stash for this, but I almost want to hold out and make it in Loft in either Postcard (a soft grey-purple) or Camper (pink!).


Lady of the Blue Forest by Ashley Knowlton

Okay, so I might be attracted to patterns in part because of the colors they're knit in.  I deeply love this shade of cobalt blue, and I like how the different elements of the pattern grow out of one another.  I also have a tendency to adore designs that have a motif at the back neck - although it's not always visible, I love knowing it's there.  Just like Calvin and his lucky rocket-ship underpants.

If I were to make the small shawlette version, I'd consider using this skein of Handmaiden Camelspin, one of the suggested yarns for the pattern.  I'm also tossing around the idea of knitting an Annis in it, so we'll see how that shakes out.



Lucky Clover by Helen Stewart

I like the simplicity of this one - seems great for showing off a softly variegated yarn.  Just enough detail at the bottom and up the spine to keep it interesting.  Plus garter stitch looks smashing with a little bit of color variation.

This Pigeonroof Studios sock yarn I got in New Haven might be just the ticket.



Berkanan Shawl by Anne-lise Maigaard

I think I saw test-knit pictures of this shawl in a Ravelry group, and it is gorgeous.  The leaves down the spine, the organic growth from the lace at the center to the leaf border, and nupps - oh, nupps! - on the edging.  Love.

I think Madelinetosh Prairie would be an excellent yarn for this project, as would Jaggerspun Zephyr.  For my purposes, I think this Prairie in the colorway Byzantine would be gorgeous.



Daphnaie by Tori Gurbisz

Another shawl with a spine detail, which I adore.

It calls for Malabrigo Sock, and I have a skein of Ochre that I think would be perfect.



In the Garden by Ilga Leja

Even though this is a capelet, which I don't usually wear, I think it could work really well as a layer over a t-shirt and jeans.  I think I'd want to do it in a soft grey color.  Maybe this alpaca/bamboo fingering weight by Classic Elite called Vail?



Eiki (Strength) Shawl by Janel Laidman

As with many patterns I end up obsessed with, I passed this one over when I first saw it.  But the delicate border and the red color stuck in my mind once I saw a couple of stunning versions on Ravelry.

I think it would be a good pattern for this skein of Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga that I picked up at Sock Summit.  It's a deep, gorgeous shade of red.



Farthing by Jared Flood

The contrasting edging on this really drew me.  It feels a little bit vintage, and would be a fun way to play with color.  I sort of like the idea of doing this in a laceweight silk and a contrasting edging of mohair/silk, probably because I'm thinking of this scarf featured in an Interweave Knits, from Feminine Knits by Lene Holme Samsoe.  I love the idea of combining two different textures to create a soft, lacy and feminine scarf.

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