Sarasota Shrug

This isn’t what you were expecting, were you? I’ve shown you sneak peeks of other designs (which I promise are coming) but this one kind of snuck out of nowhere. The Sarasota Shrug has a long and storied history, but suffice to say it is now available to you!

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This is a counterpane shrug, which means the back is worked in the round as a giant lace piece and then you attach sleeves and ribbing. If you are familiar with working shawls or lace in the round this will be a piece of cake. And because you know me and my love of shawls this felt comfortable and easy to me as well.

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This is worked up in a Yak/Bamboo blend from Bijou Basin – their Bijou Spun. The fibers combine for a soft and luxurious fabric, but it does have unusual drape, so blocking a swatch is your friend and a real necessity in this case. Heather over at Stitch Sprouts did an awesome blog post about swatching and how to make sure your swatches aren’t dirty rotten liars!

The Sarasota Shrug is worked completely in the round so you will need appropriate circulars and/or dpns. I’m a magic loop girl myself so I used 40″ circulars for the sleeves and worked them that way!

Needles: Size 5 needles (3.75 mm)

Yarn: Bijou Spun by Bijou Basin Lhasa Wilderness, 75% Yak, 25% Bamboo, 180 yards to 56g, Teal, 2 (3, 3, 4, 5, 5) skeins.

Gauge: 16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in blocked counterpane lace pattern

To Fit Bust: 32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52-54)”/81.5-86.5 (91.5-96.5, 101.5-106.5, 112-117, 122-127, 132-162.5) cm

The Sarasota Shrug is available on Ravelry for $6.00 USD

Maribelle

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When it comes to ombre yarns like Twisted Fiber Arts, asymmetrical is the way to go, and the pretty Maribelle is done just that way! This shape makes the most of the beautiful color shifts without looking like giant stripes. The cables and eyelet lace pattern in this shawl give the wearer the best of both worlds – cozy and airy at the same time. The gorgeous colors in the Twisted Fiber Arts yarn deserve to be put on display, and this lovely wrap is a showpiece.

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Maribelle is worked asymmetrically from tip to side with the bottom edging knit simultaneously. The final edging is applied to bind-off the live stitches. This shawl can be made larger by working more repeats of the body section. Just make sure to start the applied edging on the appropriate row.

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I know it’s been too few and far between around here. The book work has has me hopping! I’m so excited about my first book, but it’s odd to be so far removed from self-publishing my patterns like I’m so used to!

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Needles: Size 8 needles (5.0 mm)

Yarn: Twisted Fiber Arts Tasty Evolutions (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 530 yd [485 m]/4.9 ounces [140g]): haunting, 1 skein

Gauge: 16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in blocked cable lace pattern

Size: Approximately 56″ wide and 24″ deep after blocking

Maribelle is available on Ravelry for $6.00 USD

Maragon

I know, I know, it’s been awhile. Writing a book is very time consuming. Writing a book, managing two teenage boys in two different schools with all the activities, and navigating the holidays is nearly impossible! But I’m doing it! This morning I’m sitting here for an oil change and realizing that I’ve driven over 5000 miles in the last couple of months. Yeah. Driving time is not knitting time. Nor is it blogging time. But sitting in the dealership waiting for my oil change is decent blogging time. Because my wrists need a break from knitting. And so finally, I am blogging about my newest design Maragon.

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Maragon was featured at Sample It at the winter TNNA in San Diego. Sample It is the crazy madhouse where all the yarnstore owners come in and have a chance to purchase samples of all sorts of knitting and stitching things. It is packed with people and all the vendors bring all sorts of amazing thing. I was super honored that Anzula trusted me to come with something pretty in their new winter colors.

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Maragon is a top-down heart-shaped shawl worked in two new delicious colors of Anzula Cloud, Prudence and Temperance. With simple increases and slip stitch patterning it makes the most of the two skeins working up into a generous shawl. The color work is worked one color at a time but delivers a lovely punch.

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The sample as worked is 72” wide and 18” deep. Additional stripes of the color work can be done to use up all of the yarn and make a more generous shawl.

Needles: Size 5 needles (3.75 mm)

Yarn: Anzula Cloud – 1 skein each of Prudence and Temperance

Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Size: Approximately 72″ wide and 18″ deep after blocking

Maragon is available on Ravelry for $6.00

 

Debouillet

Debouillet is finally available for individual purchase! It’s the last of the Seven Sheep, and I think one of the prettiest. I adore the way the lattice body forms such sweeping lines on the crescent shaped construction. And as usual I made sure to make sure the lattice flowed perfectly into the garland like lace edging.

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Debouillet is worked from the top down with my favorite pretty cast-on. The lattice body pattern lends itself perfectly to short-row shaping, which was a very pleasant surprise! it makes me so happy when an idea in my hands translates so nicely to knitted fabric.

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Despite it’s very fancy appearance, it turns out to be easier than it looks. The short-row patterning is so simple that it doesn’t even require charts. And once you fully transition into the lace every WS row is an easy purl back row. The lace edging is given in charted and written instructions.

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Debouillet is worked up in one skein of Baah! La Jolla in London Blue. I finished this shawl in the week leading up to the 50th Doctor Who anniversary special – and I kept thinking it was the perfect TARDIS blue.

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Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm)

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla, 1 skein – shown in London Blue

Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Size: Approximately 64″ wide and 20″ deep after blocking

Debouillet is available on Ravelry for $6.00

Or as part of the Seven Sheep for $21.95

And for just today and tomorrow (November 25th and 26th) you can use the code “winterblues” to get 25% off the purchase of Debouillet!

Apennine

The sixth of the Seven Sheep is a bit behind schedule, but I think it was worth the wait. I am quite obsessed with two-color shawls lately. I want everything to be two-color. Or more colors! And I’m really loving the bigger shawls and the increased options I get with 800 yards of yarn.

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Apennine is constructed asymmetrically. You cast-on only 2 stitches and increase on just one edge. When all is said and done you bind off the shawl with an applied edging, so there is no miserably long bind-off row. Just like I want everything to be two-color, I also want everything to be asymmetrical. Of course I have a sort of knit design disorder where I am convinced that whatever I am working on right now is the best thing ever! Luckily for you I also have a short attention span, so you don’t have to knit the same thing over and over again. You’re welcome.

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Pre-blocking this baby was only about 36″ wide along the top edge. Which totally freaked me out. But the magic of blocking is magical and tried and true. And when it was finished it blocked out to well over 60″ wide and 27″ deep. It’s a nice big shawl to wrap yourself up, and the two different ends adds a bit of interest and flair.

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Apennine uses two colors of Baah! La Jolla – Lavender and Grey Onyx. I seriously considered using a bright tardis blue instead of the lavender. I actually can’t wait to see what other color combinations folks decide to try! So pick your two favorite colors and work up your own Apennine.

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Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm)

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla, 1 skein – shown in Lavender and Grey Onyx

Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Size: Approximately 60″ wide and 27″ deep after blocking

Apennine is available on Ravelry for $6.00

Or as part of the Seven Sheep for $21.95

Lacaune

What do you do with rich, deep, dark colors? Heather says you do something open and lacy. Heather is right!

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Lacaune is the 5th of the Seven Sheep, worked up in one skein of Baah! La Jolla in Winter Purple, one of the most intense rich, royal purples I’ve ever knit with! It’s worked sideways – from tip to tip – with the pointed picot border on the top and the grand eyelet border on the bottom worked as you go along! The longest row in this beauty is less than 100 stitches which makes it a crazy fast knit.

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With less than 100 stitches at its deepest point, you’d think this would be tiny wispy little thing. You would be wrong. It blocked out to only 22″ deep, but it’s 76″ wide!!! That’s plenty length for even a big girl like me to wrap up in. And because it’s completely reversible you can wrap or fold it over any way you like.

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Lacaune is offered in a 5-page PDF format with written and charted instructions available. I hate the writtens, but I know some of you love and cherish them, so here they are!

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Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm)

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla, 1 skein – shown in Winter Purple

Gauge: 16 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in blocked body pattern

Size: Approximately 76″ wide and 22″ deep after blocking

Lacaune is available on Ravelry for $6.00

Or as part of the Seven Sheep for $21.95 

 

Montadale

Everytime I work with a new color of Baah! yarn I decide that color is my favorite. Of course my two favorite colors are turquoise and red, so I was done for with this one.

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Maldives is a perfect icy turquoise. Just lovely and full of depth. It really shows the lace patterning and little cables in Montadale to their best effect.

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Montadale is worked from the top down with one skein of La Jolla on size 6 needles. Increases are worked on both ends and in pattern in the center to make a shallow crescent shaped shawl – 16″ deep and 60″ wide. But it’s super simple to make Montadale bigger if you like. I’ll be doing a blog entry on how to do just that early next week!

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Stitch markers help with this one – if only just to offset the center section. And if you need a cable needle grab one, although the small, frequent cables in this design are a perfect opportunity to learn to cable without a cable needle. Look for that lesson on the next Tutorial Tuesday!

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Montadale is available today only for 25% off as an introductory price. Although the best bang for you buck is to buy the Seven Sheep – 7 patterns for only $21.95. If you love Baah! as much as I do, they are must knits. Of course if you don’t love Baah!, you probably haven’t knit with it yet!

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Needles: Size 6 needles (4.0 mm)

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla, 1 skein – shown in Maldives

Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in blocked body pattern

Size: Approximately 60″ wide and 20″ deep after blocking

Montadale is available on Ravelry for $4.50 (today only!)

Or as part of the Seven Sheep for $21.95

Biellese

It’s sheep time!

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My love affair with Baah Yarn has not gone unspoken. The colors, the hand, the beautiful way the tones work together….

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Yeah. Isn’t that lovely? Being more than slightly obsessed with all shades of turquoise right now this is holding a very special place in my heart. And when you add in the lime the colors just sing!

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This is way easier than it looks. The ruffle is worked first with some very simple short-rows. There’s no intarsia, no pain, no agony. You pick up stitches and then it’s slip stitch city. Seriously. And then the main body of the shawl is knit, purl, or slip.

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The top edge of the shawlette is finished off with a few simple short-rows and a simple single-crochet edging. And it’s the third of the Seven Sheep!

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This shawl will work up beautifully in any two colors of Baah Yarn. You need two 100g / 400 yard skeins. I think an even more pronounced contrast would be gorgeous. And with all the rich saturated Baah colors you can’t go wrong!

Biellese is available for $6.00 USD 

Or as part of the Seven Sheep for $21.95 USD

Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm) and US Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook for edging

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla, 2 skeins – shown in Blue Topaz & Tequila Lime

Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in blocked body pattern

Size: Approximately 60″ wide and 20″ deep after blocking

 

Charollais

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The second of the Seven Sheep has been released. This one is named Charollais – named for a domestic breed of sheep that originates from France. Apparently they have been bred to be poiled. Which is that they don’t have horns. I’m actually learning quite a bit about sheep through this project!

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Charollais is a one-skein project with the body worked up in a deceivingly simple textured stitch. A lot of of folks who saw this at TNNA though it was crocheted – the fabric has that kind of beautiful openwork.

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It uses one skein of Baah! LaJolla and the samples are shown in Pretty In Pink and Orange Amber. You can pre-purchase all Seven Sheep for $21.95 or buy Charollais individually for $6.00. And wait until you see the third sheep!

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Charollais is available for $6.00 USD

Or as part of the Seven Sheep for $21.95 USD

Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm) and US Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook for bind off

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla, 1 skein – shown in both Pretty in Pink and Orange Amber

Gauge: 15 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in blocked body pattern

Size: Approximately 60″ wide and 20″ deep after blocking

Nathari

So tomorrow’s the day. Flying out at 5:30 AM. The money I saved by taking that ridiculously early flight doesn’t seem all that great now. And I think I would be willing to pay it tomorrow for a few more hours sleep. But on the bright side there will be no traffic en route to the airport and I shouldn’t really need to get there much earlier than an hour beforehand. And I always have knitting!

Remember yesterday’s sneak peek? It’s ready now!

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Nathari is a top-down shawl that’s just a bit more than half circle shape to help it stay on your shoulders and wrap you up. The Dream In Color Baby makes a beautiful lightweight shawl that isn’t too delicate and has amazing stitch definition.

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It starts with a little bit of the scalloped edging and works it way down to a nice wide spread of mesh diamonds and leaves.

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It is worked up in one skein of Baby in the Juliette’s Blush colorway which has amazing stitch definition.

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Nathari is available for $6.00 USD

Needles: Size 5 needles (3.75 mm)
Yarn: Dream In Color Baby, 700 yards, 1 skein of Juliette’s Blush
Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette
Size: Approximately 68″ wide and 26″ deep after blocking