Category Archives: shawl

PRE-ORDER Pom Pom Quarterly 40 Spring 2022

PRE-ORDER Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 40 Spring 2022

If you love knitting with Kid-Mohair, this is the magazine issue for you! Issue 40 of Pom Pom Quarterly is a bonanza of kid mohair.

Issue 40 is available in-store for pick-up/will be shipped on February 24, 2022.

See Other Publications from Pom Pom Press

For their 40th issue they’ve concocted a knitted dreamworld! Allow their latest collection to transport you to your yarn-filled happy place with joy-bringing patterns which are whimsical without compromising elegance or wearability. The designs reference the seemingly unstructured nature of dreams through floaty fabrics and ethereal embellishments, loose gauge, and by gently emboldening the maker to use their intuition when it comes to playing with colour. As with anything that appears effortless, copious amounts of imagination and clever thinking form the foundation of these designs and they encourage the kind of creative escapism we cherish in crafting. The patterns in this collection vary in intensity; from ones which will allow you to realise your knitting fantasies to others you could finish with your eyes closed. But rest assured, each one will grant you gratification in a different way.”

Featuring designs by:

Aimee Sher // Allison Lutes // Edda Lilja Guðmundsdóttir // Hanna Lübben // Julie Dubreux // Marie Régnier // Marzena Kołaczek // Pope Vergara // Reed Keyes.

In addition to the 10 knitting patterns, the spring 2022 collection contains an article, ‘Making a World’ by lilith green, in which lilith talks about her experience of autism and how the act of making provides a haven from a world which prioritises neurotypical people. If your goal is to try your hand at a craft other than knitting, learn how to make decorative Polish pająki with Karolina Merska, or use Stephanie Ganz’ recipe to bake Honeysuckle Cream Puffs – divine!

52 Weeks of Shawls

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT: RECEIVE 15% OFF*

*Discount will be applied automatically at check-out, no code is needed. Discount can not be combined with any other discount codes or promotions. This discount is a limited offer and we reserve the right to end it at any time. 

52 Weeks of Shawls is still on sale for CAD $61.20 (regularly $72). We need to sell a minimum of 8 books to get the discount, so please feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested (or post it to social media, etc). Hopefully, together we can help Julie open up some space for more wonderful publications to come.

See HERE for a longer description and posting on it.

PROJECT Harvest Queen

Harvest Queen 

I’m sorry it has taken so long to share this sweater! Around the time we finished it we had a run on the yarn, Drops Wish, and it seemed a cruel thing t show you something you can’t have. We’ll we’ve restocked several of the most popular colours and are constantly reordering, so I think it’s safe to share.

Harvest Queen is a cozy, oversized pullover that’s knit in one piece from the top-down. It features a yoke construction with pretty cable and lace detail. It’s knit on 9mm needles, so it works up fast! The yarns recommended are blown yarns, making it a lighter, airier textile than expected. Video and written tutorials are provided at the bottom of the free pattern (they even have a place you can ask them questions about the pattern, and the pattern is available in 15 languages). And just in case you don’t believe me … it is Gruau’s (the bird’s) favourite sweater in the store.

Our Sample is a size small and used 8 balls of  Drops Wish in colour 18 Sage Green.

Drops Wish is a blown yarn; it’s made with a knitted cotton core with super soft alpaca literally blown into it. It’s light, airy, and kind of squishy (it has lots of give). Blown yarns are great when you want a thicker yarn that’s also light, so you can get bulk without weight.

Size

  • XS(S, M, L, XL, XXL)
  • Bust circumference: 36.75(40.75, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25, 56) inches or 92(102, 108, 118, 128, 140) cm
  • Fit is oversized

Yarn Options

  • Drops Wish: 8(8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins  
  • Drops Air: 7(7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins {2 strands of yarn are held together}
  • Illimani Amelie7(7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins {2 strands of yarn are held together}

Needles & Notions

If you do not already have the needles for this project we recommend buying interchangeable needles. They are very versatile for top-down sweaters and have more longevity for future projects (if you need a longer or shorter needle you can purchase an inexpensive new cord, rather than an entire needle. If you are buying individual tips and cords, that Knitter’s Pride are the most affordable option. If you are thinking about investing in a set, the Chiaogoo Twist Red Lace 4″ Tips: 2.75mm – 10mm have the best range and versatility for an assortment of projects.

Online Support

Drops has tutorial videos to support their patternsSee the bottom of the pattern webpage for links.

Hacks

If you don’t love the way a pattern is formatted, consider copying the text into a free, cloud-based text editing program like Google Docs. There, you can clean up the formatting to your liking and store your notes and changes. If your perception problems are more pronounced, you may even want to put it into a spreadsheet program like Google Sheets to break it down into line-by-line instructions – you can even make it into a chart and tick off your work as you go. I do this when a pattern gives me a bunch of instructions that all need to be done at the same time, it makes life easier to plan your path before you embark on it.

Using a cloud-based storage system is also a great way to manage your patterns. When you use a cloud-based program, you can access your notes from anywhere (including your phone, tablet, or computer). You don’t have to worry about losing them if your hard drive fails, or transferring them when you get a new computer. This is also a good place to store any PDF patterns you download. If you make changes and notes on the paper version of your pattern, just take a picture of it with a free scanner app on your smartphone and upload it to your drive.

Just one caveat – be detailed and descriptive in your document titles. For example, say you bought the pattern Love Note – my title would be “Love Note Tin Can Knits Pullover Lace Mohair Cropped Yoke”. Basically, anything I associate with the project. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re looking for a pattern, can’t remember its name, and only recall a fragment of information about it. It is also really useful to log your projects in your Ravelry account, with the needles and yarn you used. Years later, when you want to do it again, you’ll be happy to have that history. Plus you can look through all your accomplishments!

FYI: this photo has NOT been colour corrected. The colour of the garment is not accurate (it’s washed out). The bird’s colour, however, is great

52 Weeks of Shawls

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT: RECEIVE 15% OFF*

*Discount will be applied automatically at check-out, no code is needed. Discount can not be combined with any other discount codes or promotions. This discount is a limited offer and we reserve the right to end it at any time. 

52 Weeks of Shawls is still on sale for CAD $61.20 (regularly $72). We need to sell a minimum of 8 books to get the discount, so please feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested (or post it to social media, etc). Hopefully, together we can help Julie open up some space for more wonderful publications to come.

See HERE for a longer description and posting on it.

SALE 52 Weeks of Shawls

52 Weeks of Shawls

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT: RECEIVE 15% OFF*

*Discount will be applied automatically at check-out, no code is needed. Discount can not be combined with any other discount codes or promotions. This discount is a limited offer and we reserve the right to end it at any time. 

Our distributor reached out, letting us know that they have an overstock of 52 Weeks of Shawls, and they’re offering a one-time bulk discount to help them make some room in their warehouse. Always wanting to help-out where I can, and never wanting to pass up a deal on something exquisite, I’m offering the savings to you. When you buy now, you’ll get 15% off the retail price; that comes to CAD $61.20 (regularly $72). We need to sell a minimum of 8 books to get the discount, so please feel free to froward this to anyone you know who might be interested (or post it to social media, etc). Hopefully together we can help Julie open up some space for more wonderful publications to come.

From the publishers of Laine Magazine, 52 Weeks of Shawls is a unique look into contemporary shawl knitting. The designers behind the 52 patterns come from all around the world. This collection showcases an exceptionally wide range of yarns, techniques and levels of difficulty and also includes two crochet designs. It is a true encyclopedia of shawls, a future classic for decades to come. This book is a continuation of 52 Weeks of Socks which has been immensely popular around the world.

See Other Books from Laine Press

As the title suggests, the book contains 52 knitting patterns by 50 designers. All patterns are beautifully photographed, illustrated and presented on 272 pages. This book does not come with a digital download component and is only available in hard-cover. Like all of Laine’s books, it is a beautiful creatiopn in itself.

See All of the Projects Online

The book contains patterns from the following designers: Stella Ackroyd, Andrea Aho, Fiona Alice, Natalya Berezynska, Rebekah Berkompas, Lærke Bisschop-Larsen, Sveina Björk Jóhannesdóttir, Rachel Brockman, Aleks Byrd, Susan Chin, Valentina Cosciani-Tibisay, Evgeniya Dupliy, Stephanie Earp, Marion Em, Frida Franckie, Katya Gorbacheva, Samantha Guerin, Joanna Herriott, Sarah Heymann, Jonna Hietala, Erin Jensen, Anna Johanna, Malia Mae Joseph, Susanna Kaartinen, Pauliina Karru, Linda Lencovic, Marjut Lund-Rahkola, Lotta H Löthgren, Hanna Maciejewska, Aude Martin, Mariya Matveeva, Helen Mawdsley, Faïza Mebazaa, Kathryn Merrick, Tif Neilan, Hanne Kær Pedersen, Paula Pereira, Claudia Quintanilla, Lucía Ruiz de Aguirre, Nataliya Sinelshchikova, Jeanette Sloan, Elena Solier Jansà, Susanne Sommer, Anna Strandberg, Niina Tanskanen, Mari Tobita, Miriam Walchshäusl, Lauren Wallis, Claire Walls and Stephen West.

  • 272 uncoated, high-quality pages
  • Language: English
  • Woven book cover, banner, ribbon place marker
  • Weight: 1100 g / 2.5 lb
  • Dimensions: 28 cm X 22 cm thickness: 3 cm
  • Printed in Latvia

NEW FREE PATTERN The Cottage Wrap

Cottage Wrap

This simple wrap combines two fundamentals of knitting to create a reversible, welted texture: stocking stitch and reverse stocking. It is knitted on the bias, increasing in width as you go, so you can make it any size you like and use any tension of yarn you like – it’s a great stash-buster! The pattern may look long and complicated, but it isn’t, it’s just written with detail for inexperienced knitters and people with short attention spans. The pattern repeat is long, so a chart is included to guide you and help you keep track of where you are in the pattern. You can use any yarn you like, which makes it a great stash buster (see amounts below).

Its called the cottage wrap because it’s a great thing to wrap around your shoulders on a cool night, but maybe especially at the cottage. It is a freebie, from us to you. Please enjoy this pattern as we all emerge from our nests with joy and trepidation.

Orange Cottage Wrap

Size

  • Depends on your yarn and the size you desire
  • approx 82”/205cm long (from tip to tip) & 20”/50cm deep (at longest point)

Yarns

The amount of yarn you use is flexible and depends on the type of fibre you choose and the thickness of the yarn – you’ll probably need 2 scarves worth of yarn. Yarns that are knit as a looser fabric will go further, yarns knit tighter may require some extra, especially bulky to super bulky weight yarns. Use a needle size that works for your yarn. 

General Yardage Requirements

  • 3sts/inch – 550m/610yds
  • 3.5sts/inch – 690m/755 yds
  • 4 sts/inch – 825m/905 yds
  • 4.5 sts/inch – 915m/1005 yds
  • 5 sts/inch – 1000m/1100 yds
  • 5.5 sts/inch – 1100m/1200 yds
  • 6 sts/inch – 1185m/1300 yds
  • 6.5 sts/inch: 1260m/1370yds
  • 7 sts/inch – 1275m/1400 yds

Red Cottage Wrap

Notions

Lastly ….

This pattern has been percolating for a long time … it was a victim of a bit of “scope-creep“, the result of some underlying issues with perfectionism (and the sundry crud that that springs from). I’d like to say thank you to my sample knitters Tessa and Adrienne, who made the wraps in the pictures and helped edit the pattern. Thank you to Erica, Noel and Rosie for just putting up with me. Thanks to Judit who helps me clear the blocks. Thanks also go to everyone whose been so patient and waited for me to finish the pattern. This pattern was far from being my dissertation and definitely not my life’s work, but it was a bit of an albatross. I’d like to raise a toast to letting go of our tethers and stretching our wings: may it be the first of many similar experiences for us all. In the words of my then eight year old nice: “You watch this girl go!”

~ Haley

NEW SUMMER PROJECTS On Our Website

Our Treat Yourself to Something Nice Sale, on to June 19th, 11:59pm!


Projects

We’ve been uploading all kinds of summer project ideas to our website, all the project ideas are at the top of our main menu, under PROJECTS, which you can open up and find sub-groups. We always try to make things easy and spell out exactly how much yarn you’ll need for your size, what other materials you’ll need, link to the pattern on Ravelry, and when we can list any necessary skills.


Skills

We’ve also created some new skills pages with links to great free online tutorials (mostly video) and resources – all are listed under SKILLS in our main menu. We’ll keep adding to these resource pages as we find more to share. If you have a resource you love please don’t hesitate to contact us and share it!

Photo: Fibre Co

Irish Sea

Irish Sea is a super-wearable triangle shawl with a beautiful drape and fluidity. The crisp stitch definition from Meadow emphasises the rhythmic garter stitch and delicate lace as it travels down the edge of the shawl. The size can be adjusted, according to your taste, by knitting more or less repeats.

When you purchase Fibre Co. Meadow for this project from us, please leave a note at check-out or send us an email and we can send you the pattern for FREE!

Size

  • S (L)
  • Wingspan along top edge: 160 (203) cm or 63 (80)” 
  • Depth: 46 (63) cm or 18 (25) inches 

Materials

Fibre Co. Meadow is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Photo: Fibre Co

Seacote

Simple lace panels fade into a meditative garter stitch, making our versatile Seacote shawl look different every time you wear it! Suitable for novices in short-row shaping and lace, this romantic shawl is knitted in Meadow and shaped using increases on every row. The pretty edging is knitted on at the end.

When you purchase Fibre Co. Meadow for this project from us, please leave a note at check-out or send us an email and we can send you the pattern for FREE!

Size

  • Wingspan across top edge: 211 cm or 83″
  • Depth: 56 cm or 22″

Materials

Fibre Co. Meadow is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Photo: Amanda Stevenson Lupke

CEPA

CEPA is a simple chevron wrap, and makes a great project for newer knitters, or more experienced knitters who don’t currently have the bandwidth for a challenging project. Meadow blooms and grows after blocking, so please wash your swatch for an accurate gauge measurement. Designed by Grace Anna Farrow, photography by Amanda Stevenson Lupke.

Fibre Co. Meadow is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Size

  • 23” wide x 68” long

Materials

Skills

Knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing.

Photo: Amanda Stevenson Lupke

Twinleaf

Twinleaf is a generously sized garter stitch wrap that can be work over your shoulders or as a scarf. It’s designed to use most of 2 skeins of the MC, and the sample as shown is correct in the amounts given in the pattern. Slight variation in row or stitch gauge, or an excessively large gauge swatch may require a 3rd skein. FYI, Fibre Co Meadow blooms and grows after blocking, so please wash your swatch for an accurate gauge measurement. Designed by Grace Anna Farrow, photography by Amanda Stevenson Lupke.

Fibre Co. Meadow is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Size

  • 28” at widest point
  • 62” Length

Materials

Skills

Overland

I love this shawl, I think the texture is so cool … the materials complement the design so perfectly!

With a dramatic openwork pattern reminiscent of honeycomb, Overland is a modern, go-with-everything piece you can take on all of your summer travels. This striking, asymmetrical triangular shawl is worked from one point, with increases along the top edge. Written in two sizes and featuring interchangeable charts, Ruth Nguyen’s clever design allows you to create a custom shawl that is truly one-of-a-kind. (shown in smaller size)

Quince & Co Kestrel is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Construction
Triangular shawl is worked sideways in one piece from left point to wide left edge. Modular cable and lace patterns can be worked interchangeably for several different looks.

Size

  • S(L)
  • Wingspan: 60 (82)” [152.5 (208.5) cm] wingspan
  • Depth at centre: 23 (40)” [58.5 (101.5) cm]
  • Shown in size 60″ [58.5 cm] size on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5′ 9½” [176.5 cm] tall model

Materials

Skills

Backward loop cast on, cables with and without a cable needle, Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind-off, (links provided); increasing, decreasing. Charts and line-by-line instructions included. See our curated list of Knitting Skills for extra tutorials. 

Askeli

Hanna Maciejewska’s delicate take on a classic summer tee has us itching to cast on. Akseli’s zig-zagging lace motifs encircle the hem and meander partway up the body like a rising ocean tide, giving this elegant tee a fresh and modern look. Akseli is worked from the top down seamlessly, for easy fitting and no-fuss finishing. With its straightforward construction and satisfying details, Akseli is summertime knitting at its finest.

Quince & Co Kestrel is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Construction

Tee is worked from the top down, worked flat through the neckline and upper body shaping, then worked in the round for the lower body. Short dolman sleeves are shaped with short rows and decreases.

Size

  • Bust Circumference: 36½ (41, 45½, 50, 54½) (59, 63½, 68, 72½)” [92.5 (104, 115.5, 127, 138.5) (150, 161.5, 172.5, 184) cm]
  • Sample shown in size 41″ [104 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5′ 9½” [176.5 cm] tall model (7″ [18 cm] positive ease)
  • Suggested 6½ – 8½” [16.5 – 21.5 cm] positive ease

Materials

Skills

Long-tail cast on, backward loop cast on, picking up stitches, German short rows, Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off (links provided); increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round. Charts and line-by-line instructions included (see our knitting techniques page for curated tutorials).

PROJECT Ashtona

Ashtona

The Yarn

I usually lead with details about the pattern, but when you’re using Quince & Co Sparrow the main character in the story is always the yarn. Sparrow is one of my absolute favourite summer yarns, I never ever get tired of wearing the garments I make with it and I’m always planning my next project with it in the back of my head. It’s the best linen I’ve ever come across, once it is washed it is deliciously soft, cool, light and comfortable. It’s not that I don’t work with other yarns, it’s just that this is just the one I always go back to. I have two sweaters made with it and I wear them as soon as the weather gets warm – they’re like my summer uniform. I need to make a third this year because I need it in another colour (which is really the only thing that’s been holding me up).

Sparrow is organic, made in Italy, and is machine washable. I generally machine wash mine in a delicate bag (to keep it from abrading) and machine dry it on low in the bag. (The label says to lay it flat to dry, but I like it better if it’s been in the dryer at least a little).

Yarn Substitutions

If you’re not a linen person and you’re never going to be a linen person, I get it. but you want to make a shawl, my favourite sub would be Fibre Co Meadow, cause it’s gorgeous and you’re going to LURV making and wearing your project. BC Garn Bio Balance would make a slightly more casual look, and the wrap would be a smidge warmer (it’ll bring the price-point down too – $52). For a more rustic look and a really affordable project, try Berroco Remix Light, you only need two skeins (only $32).

The Pattern

The pattern, Ashtona, is an asymmetrical, sideways knit shawl. It combines combines pretty ribbon lace with an uneven ribbing motif – think waves lapping against a shoreline grooved with tiny rivulets and ripples in the sand. The piece is worked on the bias from the right tip to the wide left edge. Both charts and line-by-line instructions included.

You can see all of the patterns designed with Quince & Co Sparrow HERE

By the way, Quince & Co has a gorgeous website. If you’re in the mood to stroll online and look at beautiful photos of wonderful designs, I highly recommend it.

Skill Level: Intermediate (see below for a list with links) – I wouldn’t make this as your first lace project, there might be a few too many hoops to jump through, but it should be fine for a second.

Size: 80″ (203 cm) wingspan and 22″ (56 cm) deep at centre

Materials

Skills

RESTOCK Malabrigo Rios

Malabrigo Rios

We just received a big restock or Malabrigo Rios (and are expecting more to come in in a couple of weeks). There have been so many constraints over the last year, finally being able to get a decent re-stock feels so good!

Should not already be familiar with this wonderful yarn, Malabrigo Rios is a super-duper soft, machine washable yarn made from 100% merino wool. It’s hand dyed for subtle variations, and is great for anyone and any project except felting (it will not felt). Rios is specially suitable for babies, kids (it makes great hats, sweaters, blankets, etc). The dyeing tends to have a watercolour effect and it always seems to knit up even more beautiful than in the skein. The base yarn is silky soft and springy with lots of body. Whenever I can I like to use it for projects I make for my niece and nephew (sometimes the colours don’t fit their very specific requests).

  • 100% Machine Washable Merino Wool (superwash)
  • 100g/192m (200 yds)
  • Aran weight
  • 18 sts & 24 rows = 4″/10cm
  • 5mm/US8 needles
  • Made in Uruguay
  • Pattern Ideas

A Note on Working with Hand-Dyes

Because this yarn is hand-dyed no two skeins are alike (for the multi-colours different skeins within the same bag can look different). We always try to match the skeins as closely as possible when we send them out. To get the most consistent colour distribution possible, it is always suggested with hand-dyed yarns that you work with two balls and alternate them every couple of rows. Here’s a Video to help you with this.

Photo: Angeldogknitter on Ravelry.com

Flax

Make. All. The Sweaters. Malabrigo Rios has been used 889 times on Ravelry to make Tin Can Knit’s FREE pattern, Flax. Flax is an all-size design (but it’s limited exclusively to humans; canine, feline, avian, and reptilian sizes are note included) and will fit babies to the largest primate (you may need to make modifications if you’re knitting for one of our cousins on the evolutionary tree … and good luck getting a sweater on a gorilla outside of Photoshop).

Your needle sizes and yardage amount will vary based on the size you’re making, so I won’t list them here, but they’re basically:

Photo: annypurls on Ravelry.com

Rye

Malabrigo Rios has been use 539 times to make this particular pair of socks, Rye. Rye is a great pattern for new sock knitters, it includes how-to instructions, and a full size range from baby to Adult L. Whether you’ve retreats the the cottage, your back-yard or the public park, socks are a great small project that travels extremely well and makes for a very impressive holiday gift.

BTW – getting your winter gifts done over the summer is the absolutely most satisfying feeling you’ll ever experience. It involves a little delayed satisfaction, but come October you’ll be extremely pleased with yourself, especially when you get the itch to make something nice for yourself and you find that you can!

Size

  • Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult S, M, L)
  • Finished Cuff (unstretched): 5 (5.75, 6.5, 7.25, 8, 8.75)” around
  • Finished Leg (adjustable): 2.5 (4.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8)”
  • Finished Foot (adjustable): 4 (6, 7.5, 9, 10, 11.25)

Materials

Photo: Sweet Birch Designs

Moss on the Old Oak

Moss on the Old Oak is the kind of warp I yearn for on cool says and nights from the spring to fall. It’ll knit up beautifully in either the multicoloured or semi-solid colourways of Malabrigo Rios, and the pattern is offered in three sizes. It’s an advanced-beginner skill level, which is a nice niche for the spring.

Size

  • Small, Medium, Large

Materials

PROJECT/KIT Mrs. Watson for Summer

Pre-Order

These kits are a special-order, we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis but you have the option to order them any time (it will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s doable. 

Mrs Watson

I’ve kind of been into slightly order patterns lately, not necessarily ‘vintage’ or retro, but things I think are awesome, maybe a bit different, but didn’t get the traction that other patterns do. I think of them like the Miros or Gaudis of the pattern landscape: peripheral, but absolutely brilliant.

One of these gems is Mrs. Watson by Martina Behm. I love the asymmetry and the graphic quality of the design. The shape is just interesting, and I like the way it draws inspiration from nature in the markings on a feather or a leaf (yeah, I know, I have a bird, I know feathers and leaves don’t actually look like that, but you get the concept). The stripes are created using short rows and an asymmetrical shape is achieved using strategic increases (don’t worry, it only sounds hard, it’s actually pretty straightforward).

This pattern also comes with a small technical bonus – it’s all garter stitch, which means you don’t have to unwrap any of you short-rows! If you are familiar with the short-row technique, then you already know that this is the fussier part of it, so it’s great to be able to skip it.

The Yarns

While I was swatching summer yarn samples from Berroco I had one of my “you know what would work well together …?!” moments. Berroco Medina knit up in such a beautiful colourway, I thought it might really hit the spot for a summer wrap (it’s a blend of cotton, viscose & acrylic). I paired it with Berroco Mantra, a 100% silk yarn, which is it’s a matte silk with a slightly slightly rustic look. Both are summer yarns, neither contain any woolly ingredients – perfect for a spring & summer wrap!

If you want to use a winter (wool) yarn, I suggest Fibre Co Acadia for the main colour and Schoppel Edition 3 as the contrast (you can also flip the solid vs ombre yarn, I’m trying that out right now). If you only want to use solid colours then you’ve got lots of options, just about anything Sport Weight to DK Weight will work.

Colours

I’ve gone through all of the colours for both yarns and paired them up with their best candidates for this project. If there is a combo that I missed, you can choose the “Choose Your Own Colours” option and leave us a note when you check out (or email) with your choice. 

The design works extremely well with a high contrast between the two yarns, especially the neutral cream as the main colour and the shifting colourway of a darker contrast colour. This kind of pairing is a no-brainer – natural/cream goes with just about everything, and it always makes the coloured yarn pop. I used main colour 4402 Cream and contrast colour 4733 Agadir.

There is, however, a case for colours that are a bit closer together, they just have to be colours that work well together and respect the balance in the pattern. You may not always get the same distinct patterning, but it can be gorgeous in a waving, undulating way. If you feel like the high contrast print is a bit too stark for you, consider one of these combos, they’re more subtle.

Modifications

I made our shawl a bit larger than the pattern (see Larger Size in the drop-down menu) by adding an extra three pattern repeats in “Leaf Pattern 3” and “Leaf Pattern 4” (a total of 6 leaf patterns between the two sections combined). 

I did not block our sample because I was enjoying it exactly as it is, but these yarns will block well and can be blocked aggressively if you want to make your shawl larger. 

I did not carry the yarn up the side and don’t recommend doing this – it left A LOT of ends to weave in and used up yarn unnecessarily.  I strongly recommend following this tutorial on how to elegantly carry colours up the side: https://youtu.be/mDYQVKETTUw

Size

Like I mentioned above, I did not block our sample, but these yarns will block well can be blocked aggressively if you want to make your shawl larger. 

  • Regular Size (following pattern instructions): approx 66″ long x 20″ across (blocked, made with Berroco Ultra Alpaca on 4mm/US6 needles)
  • Larger Size (with 6 extra pattern repeats): 68″ long x 20″ across (unblocked, made with Berroco Medina & Berroco Mantra on 3.75mm/US5 needles. Will be substantially larger if blocked aggressively)

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

Because the pattern is owned by an independent designer, I think it is in their best interest if each customer buys and downloads it themselves. If you have a hard time with this type of thing you can purchase the pattern through us and we will download and print it on your behalf (see the bottom of the drop-down menu for this option). 

Special Skills

Knit it Hacks

  • I like to put a locking stitch marker in my wraps so I can find them easily and keep track of how many I’ve done (it isn’t necessary, but I find I makes life easier).
  • I also use locking stitch markers to mark sections of the pattern, so I can quickly look and see how many repeats I’ve finished.

SHAWLPIRATION in Road to China Light (+15% OFF)

I’ve been doing some spring cleaning in the store and have added a few things to the SALE section of our website, including Fibre Co Road to China Light … this is just to thin out some winter stock, so get it while you can!


Fibre Company Road to China Light 

SALE 15% Off

Fibre Co Road to China Light is the sexiest yarn I’ve ever come across. Seriously, it’s ambrosia! Some clever person thought to combine cashmere, silk, camel and baby alpaca and it feels like … joy and gratitude and unconditional love. This yarn is seriously stashable! Two skeins makes a Pashmina Cowl.

Free Patterns Included

When you purchase a skein of Fibre Company Road to China Light you’ll automatically receive an email with a link to download a free copy of Fibre Company’s Foundations Road to China Light Collectiontwo hat patterns, one cowl and one pair of wristwarmers (see pictures below … this collection normally costs $17 CAD). Many thanks to the Fibre Company for making this available to our customers!

  • 10% cashmere, 15% silk, 10% camel, 65% baby alpaca
  • 50g/145m (159yds)
  • 3.25mm/US3 to 3.5mm/US4 needles
  • 24 to 26 sts = 4″/10cm
  • ​Sport weight
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in the UK
  • See other peoples Projects
  • See pattern ideas

Falls of Foyers

This shawl is named after a waterfall called Falls of Foyers that feeds into the famous deep freshwater Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. It is worked down and out from the centre of the top edge. There is an option to make a nice stretchy upper neck edge by adding a yarn over after the very first stitch of every row (RS and WS) and then drop it again on the following row.


Armdale

Armadale is named after a small village called Armadale on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. It is worked from the centre of the top edge down and out. There is an option to make a nice stretchy upper neck edge by adding a yarn over after the very first stitch of every row (RS and WS) and then drop it again on the following row.

  • Fibre Co Road to China Light: 2 skeins in MC (grey pearl), 1 skein in CC1 (carnelian), 1 skein in CC2 (smokey quartz), 1 skein in CC3 (moonstone)
  • 3.5mm/US4 to 3.75mm/US5 – 36″ (or longer) circular needles
  • Pattern

Kelso

The Kelso shawl takes its name from a charming Scottish border town which lies nestled in the confluence of the Tweed and Teviot rivers. Known for the romance of its ruined abbey, graceful bridges, and cobblestone streets, it is a place to lose yourself in time as you wander along the riverbanks. Kelso captures the different textures of river and town, with wonderful three-coloured stripes, flickering eyelets and simple lace. The pattern was designed to feature the distinct beauty of the Road to China Light yarn, bringing its complex saturated tones and gentle lustre centre stage. This elongated triangle shawl is knit from the top down with increases made at the edges.

  • Fibre Co Road to China Light: 2 skeins colour B (lapis), 2 skeins colour C (ameritrine) 1 skein colour A (blue tourmaline)
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 36″ (or longer) circular needles
  • Pattern

Tobermory

The Tobermory shawl is named after an impossibly beautiful seaside town on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, where brightly painted buildings sparkle against the dark blue bay. Legend has it that a Spanish galleon laden with gold lies at the bottom of that bay, lost in the 16th Century and never recovered. The stripes of the crescent shaped Tobermory shawl hint at the promise of riches beneath the waves. Its easy lace and eyelets were planned to thoughtfully showcase two colours of the gorgeous Road to China Light yarn: lustrous, subtly tonal, and always treasured.

NEW Remix Shawls + Stoles + Scarfy Things

You guys have been feeling kinda blah these days – I hear that! Let’s start looking towards spring for inspiration (springspiration). I’m looking forward to the brighter colours, new textures, and the refreshing little changes that a new season brings. We just got our first shipment of Berroco Remix Light, it’s so refreshing to see fun, pretty spring and summer colours!

Speaking of changes, the province may be allowing retail stores to reopen soon, but we are not going to reopen for in-store shopping until I feel comfortable that it’s safe … and I don’t feel that right now. I know it’s a bummer, and the opposite of what your weary heart wants to hear, but in challenging times doing the right thing is rarely the easy thing. Until things shift, we’re here for pick-up, shipping and delivery, and our turnaround for same-day pick-up is usually well under an hour, seven days a week. I know you are chafing at the bit to get in and see everything with your own eyes, but until that’s feasible we’re still here to help you choose the right products by email or phone.

Berroco Remix Light

We just got fresh some fresh spring stock of Berroco Remix Light, a multi-seasonal yarn that’s so comfortable you’ll find the garments made with it become some of your favourites (you know, the one you wear over and over and over again, until you get tired of the colour so you make another in a new colour … etc). It’s super soft, light, breathable, machine washable, and it’s made in France from an eco-friendly blend of 100% recycled fibres.

It’s great for people who are allergic to wool, and light enough for perfect for people whose bodies run warm and wearing a knit is more about dressing and less about warmth. It’s popularity also stems from it’s INCREDIBLE yardage – it’s a DK weight yarn that comes in a 100g/400m skein (for those of you who don’t live in a yarn store, that’s like a bonus 150m to 200m). Remix Light is great for sweaters, tanks, tees, blankets, socks, scarves, shawls, bags, etc. It’s great for everyone: babies, kids, adults. It’s a Double Knitting weight yarn and can be used for any pattern that calls for that (and sometimes you can get away with Sport weight or even some Fingering weight patterns).

  • 10% silk, 9% linen, 27% cotton, 30% nylon, 24% acrylic
  • 100g/400m (432 yds)
  • 3.75mm/US5 needles
  • Knitting gauge: 22 sts & 32 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Crochet gauge: 20 sc x 22 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Machine Wash in cold water, delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry.
  • Read more about how Berroco Remix and Remix Light are made HERE

Our Favourite Kits with Berroco Remix Light

The kits we’ve listed on our website are set up as Pre-Orders, but if we have your colour and quantity in stock we will put your kit together right away! Our inventory is always live online, so if you want to see if we have it in stock just choose your colour in the Drop-Down Menu to see the numbers for it.


Amber Waves Kit

Amber Waves is a very cleverly designed triangular shawl. It begins at one tip and is worked sideways with a traveling charted stitch pattern to mimic waves of wheat on the plains. The finished shawl blocks out to more than 7 feet long, but only requires two balls of Berroco Remix Light.

See finished Projects HERE

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include


Sprucehead Stole Kit

A simple lace pattern and three balls of Berroco Remix Light make a super long scarf knitting pattern that you’ll want to wear all year long. She Stitch pattern is both written out and charted.

See finished Projects HERE

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include


Shutter Shade Stole

Two colors of Berroco Remix Light are paired together in a slipped-stitch pattern to create horizontal and vertical stripes in a large stole knitting pattern. 

See finished Projects HERE

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include