Almost late: March Estonian Shawl

It is amaizing how the life gets in way of your best intentions.
I am still committed to my 12-Estonian shawl project, but this month entry is a bit later than promised and does not have schemes - only pictures. It is barely off the blocking pins!

The pattern is called  Head of Grain (Pattern I)  - you can see pattern here

So - here is the shawl
 and another view
and a close-up
How I did it:  

I knitted this shawl with Elann Baby Lace Merino (Baby alpaca 50%, Fine merino 50 %), 50g = 600 yards (550 m). 
It took one skein. The shawl is knitted as a rectangle with Head of Grain pattern. Then the stitches were picked up along all 4 sides at once, and a scalloped edge was added. 
Finished size: 24 x 52 inches

Pattern for scalloped edge  
(number of sts - multiples of 13):
Row 1(RS): *k2tog, k2 tog, k2tog, (k1, yo) x6 times, k1, ssk, ssk, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Row 2(WS): Purl all
repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length is reached.

Off to the working on the next month's shawl!

Happy Knitting!


Royal Quilting Baby Booties - New Pattern Release

A few years back I treated my knitting-addicted self to a set of four books by Barbara Walker "Treasury of Knitting Patterns". Once in while I open these books and try out a pattern, which usually leads to a new pattern.
This is exactly how "Royal Quilting Baby Booties" were born.

The Royal Quilting pattern comes from the first "Treasury" (page 72 if you have the book). I like this sophisticated-looking but simple in execution pattern.

So, introducing:

 Royal Quilting Baby Booties

 Perfect little booties for
Perfect little feet!
Very impressive and cute little project.

Two-color knitting looks complicated, but in reality you will never work with two yarn strands at the same time—it is all slipped stitches!

Size: 3-9 months
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft
(25 g each color A and B)
Tools: needles US3 (3.25 mm)
Tapestry needle
Gauge: 5 sts x 10 rows in garter stitch

Each bootie is knitted flat, then sewn together.
Booties require 2 yarn colors: on the picture color A is pink, color B is white.

Pattern is  Written in words
I am offering this pattern as an instant PDF download through Raverly.com

You don't need to have a PayPal or Ravelry account to purchase the pattern - you can use your credit/debit card. 

Happy Knitting! 


February Entry: Estonian Shawl Challenge

I am still at it: here is my February entry for 12 Estonian Lace shawl challenge. For this one I used a "Small Willow Leaf" Pattern.

"Small Willow Leaf" Chart

 Yarn used: Oki, Super-Thin SIM mohair (mohair 70%, acrylic 15, polyamid 10%, metallic 5%; 50g/600 yards). I used almost 2 skeins, so let's call it 80 g.

The yarn is just OK, not too happy with it - it is very uneven: too thin or too lumpy, but it has a nice little sparkle. The block shawl is very lofty.

Needles: US 6 (4 mm)

How I did it:
  • Cast on 85 sts, 
  • Knit 6 rows, then work the body of the shawl as follows:
    • Odd rows:sl1, work sts 1-18 of the Chart 5 times; work sts 19-21 once, p1
    • Even rows: work as established (if a st wa p on RS it will be k on WS, if the st was k on RS, it will be p on WS; ssk, k2tog, ccd and yo are p on WS)
    • Repeat 10 rows of Chart to a total of 30 times or to the desired length
  • Knit 6 rows 
  • Cast off all sts. 
Wash and block the shawl.

The shawl is wide, but not too long.
The finished size:
20 x 50 inches
or, in metric system:
50 x 130 cm