So I'm whipping up a last shawl for TNNA - the final of my many projects I've worked on this spring. I was blessed that I came away from the Long Beach TNNA show with lots of yarn in hand for new projects. But I also had ongoing commitments and publications that I had acceptances for as well. So it made for a super busy spring. But I thought I would walk you through the design process on this one. For me when I'm doing self-published designs it almost always starts with the yarn. This is a laceweight wool/silk blend from yarnundyed that Aurora Yarns has dyed up in a beautiful burnt sienna kind of color. That used to be my favorite crayon by the way. Forgive the random sidenotes - I'm sleep deprived!
And I knew the basic shape I wanted on this one - I call it heart shaped, but it's not really heart shaped. It's more a wide triangle shape that curves on the top edges. By increasing an average of 6 sts on each RS row you get a very wearable shape, whether its in a smaller shawlette like Wendell Holmes or something grand like Natessa.
I have a lot of stitch dictionaries. I'm hoping to spend some time at Unicorn Books this TNNA and order some more. But I spent some time with my piles of books and found some lovely stitch patterns and an edging and got to work.
A good portion of the body will be stockinette, but I love the look of these double yarnovers stacked on top of each other. These little petals will be echoed in the edging as well.
Today will be a day of much knitting. Lots of progress needs to be made to get this shawl done and blocked in time for the TNNA show floor. In a day or two I'll show you more!