As you know, I like a good pattern hunt. Don’t we all? Today, the mission is to find a few superwoolly shawls and wraps as a vehicle for me to knit up some Winterburn Aran, our latest arrival in the MDK Shop. Time is short, so here are my finds.
Ruched Shawl by Noma Ndlovu
When I saw South African designer Noma Ndlovu’s amazing shawl, I was knocked out.
It uses a technique—ruching—that is one of knitting’s most satisfying tricks. You get a rumply effect by massively increasing across one row, knitting a bunch, then decreasing massively back to the original number of stitches. Those rows of decreases rank right up there with any moment of great relief that you may have experienced.
One of my favorite knits ever, the Citron Shawl by Hilary Smith Callis, introduced me to the idea of ruched knitting—so to see Noma’s utterly original take on this texture makes my day. She’s worked out a proportion and texture for this shawl that brings back ruching for a whole new generation.
Noma’s Ravelry page is full of textures, such a rabbit hole.
And five skeins of Winterburn Aran would be very happy to find their destiny in this clever shawl.
Chalice by Paulina Popiolek
Day in, day out, Quince and Co. publishes some of the most beautiful knitting designs to go with their thoughtfully created yarns. Here, Paulina Popiolek really knocks it out of the park with this modern lace shawl.
It appears in Quince and Co.’s June collection of five patterns, Shawls 2019, and also as an individual download. The yarn shown here is Quince and Co. Whimbrel, an aran-weight cotton. It’s a lovely, summery choice, but of course I’m a dog with a bone now that we have woolly, British Winterburn Aran fuming up the office. So I’m seeing four skeins right now that will find their destiny as this gorgeous piece.
Hometree by Jana Huck
You just want to crawl into this beautiful thing and snooze the day away. But first, I’m itching to get into that openwork business along the edge. And that cable thing up the center? This is one of those patterns that combines nice stretches of easy peasy with moments of high drama. How does that cable work? How low do I have to set the AC in order to wear this thing now? It looks like four skeins of Winterburn Aran will turn my fantasy into reality.
Please let me know of any and all aran-weight shawls that I need to add to my queue. I have an endless fascination with all these textures.