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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Patterns of the Month, June 2010

Patterns of the Month
June 2010

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This June I have chosen a pretty lace shawl pattern and cottony summer cardigan to keep you warm/cool this summer. "Warm/cool" is a technical term (I made up) that means: takes the chill off but doesn't make you too hot.

The Flower Basket Shawl, designed by Evelyn Clark, is one of my favorite Fiber Trends shawl patterns. It has the typical Fiber Trends flexibility - you can pick from laceweight, fingering weight, sport weight or DK/light worsted weight yarns!

We have a small Flower Basket Shawl on display here at the store, made in one skein of Handmaiden SeaSilk. Stop by and see it sometime soon - it's in the front window! For other gorgeous yarn options, Try Mirasol Nuna or Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace.

More details:
Size: Instructions for 3 sizes in 4 yarn weights.
Measurements are approximate and will vary with yarn used. Size can be easily changed by adding or subtracting pattern repeats.
Scarf/shoulder shawl: 27" (69cm) deep and 54" (137cm) wide.
Small Shawl: 34" (86cm) deep and 68" (173cm) wide.
Large Shawl: 45" (114cm) deep and 90" (229cm) wide.

Yarn Requirements and Needle Sizes:
You will need a 24" to 32" (60 to 80 cm) circular needle in the size given below for your yarn weight.
Lace wt: Scarf/shoulder shawl 425 yds; small shawl 650 yds;
large shawl 1175 yds; US size 5 needle.
Fingering wt: Scarf/shoulder shawl 325 yds; small shawl 600 yds; large shawl 1100 yds; US size 6 needle.
Sport wt: Scarf/shoulder shawl 300 yds; small shawl 550 yds; large shawl 1000 yds;US size 8 needle.
DK or lt worsted wt: Scarf/shoulder shawl 250 yds; small shawl 450 yds; large shawl 850 yds; US size 10 needle.

Noa is a simple cardigan with ruffly details that you will always keep handy in the summer air conditioning. Worked in Berroco's Weekend, this cotton-blend fabric will cover you up and keep the goosebumps away while not overheating you.

More details:
Bust (closed) – 32(36-40-44-48-52)”
Length – 28(28-29-29½-30-30½)”
4(5-5-6-6-7) Hanks of Berroco Weekend

I've been working with this yarn, knitting a pullover from the same booklet. I really like it! It feels like cotton but is a lot more forgiving than 100% cotton yarns. A LOT. It's easier on your hands and all of the irregular-sized stitches that would stand out with a 100% cotton yarn disappear in Weekend.

I hope you'll stop by sometime soon and check out our spring and summer yarns. Here comes the SUN!


Z said...

Jen, this sweater is really cute. Can you tell me what the difficulty level is with it? I am an ok knitter but not real experienced. Thanks!

J.Reilly said...

Good question, Z! This pattern is a great basic sweater that requires you to cast on - knit in ribbing (k2,p2) - knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) - decrease - increase - and bind off. The ruffly edging is the very last thing you do and the directions are pretty clear.

I'd call it "advanced beginner" since you already need to know knitting basics, but you would do well if you can knit and purl.

Hope that helps and if you have any other questions, just let me know! ~Jen