Colorful Shawl Spotting!

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Yes I know. The mention of color? From me? The person you can hardly ever see without at least one article of black clothing?

It’s true. I do have a bit of a soft spot for colors now and then. If you follow our Instagram account you may have seen a photo or two of some brightly colored skeins I picked out amongst our orders from our beloved On The Round— shockers, to be sure! Not only do I peek into the Bright and Colorful camp some of the time, but I also have quite the fascination when it comes to finding eye catching color work shawls! I may enjoy sticking to my knit-and-felted dolls, but I’m starting to build a pattern collection of these beauties. Here’s what I found this week!

Dreamcatcher © Natalia Moreva

I think we have some Malabrigo Sock that would work up nicely with The Dreamcatcher Pattern !

Raindrop Shawl © Ruth Sorensen

I could see the Raindrop Shawl working up nicely in Chickadee, or maybe even some Painted Desert for sure! 

The Durrow Shawl

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Do you ever have one of those days where you browse through your Pinterest board in hopes that there’s an exciting new pattern you forgot about? Today is one of those days for me, and I wanted to share my reunion with this gorgeous shawl: Durrow!  

© Lucy Hague

 

This shawl is absolutely gorgeous, and the projects people have put on Ravelry are a real treat as well! It’s been on my to-knit list for a while, and though I’m not sure if I would end up using all 4 colors it recommends, this Malabrigo and Ultra Alpaca Fine certainly catches my eye.

I’ve been playing with color combinations in the store again, can you tell?

 

What colors would you pick for this shawl? 

 

Hemmed Edges

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Right now, these fingerless mitts in Malabrigo lace are on my needles. I used a purl turning row hem!

My Copy Cat Beanie (in Malabrigo Worsted) has a basic hem – no turn row! Thus, it looks a little more rounded on the edge.

My Caroline Cloche (in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool) uses a purl turning row, just like my fingerless mitts above. So it has a sleek, crisp looking edge.

And I added a sewn hem to my Norrland hat (in Berroco Folio) when I realized the ribbing was a bit too long at the very end!

Let me sing praises to one of my favorite finishing techniques: hemmed edges. Our sewing projects get hem treatments, so why not our knits? Hemmed edges lend a polished look to your hand-knits, the concept is simple, and the benefits are numerous:

  • You can knit stockinette stitch right to the edge without any curling.
  • It forms a placket into which you could insert elastic or a drawstring.
  • It’s always nice and stretchy.
  • Your edges are reinforced against wear and tear with a double-thick fabric.
  • Your edges are warmer – a hemmed edge on a hat will keep the cold wind off your ears.
  • There is no wrong side near the edge.
  • You could add a secret accent color on the inside.
  • It just looks nice!

There are a few styles of hemmed edge. Any of them can be worked in the round or flat:

  1. Basic Hem: Cast on, knit twice as long as you want your hem (in stockinette, ribbing, seed or whatever stitch you like), then knit every live stitch together with the cast-on stitch directly below it.
  2. Turning Purl Row: Cast on, knit as long as you want your hem, work a single purl row, knit the same length again, and knit your live stitches together with your cast on stitches. You’ll find that the purl row will cause the fabric to turn neatly and flatly all on its own.
  3. Turning Eyelet Row / Picot Hem: Cast on, knit as long as you want your hem, work a row of (yo, k2tog) all the way around, knit the same length again, and knit your live stitches together with your cast on stitches. Like the turning purl row, the row of eyelets will also turn all on its own, and when folded in half it will appear as a dainty picot edge.
  4. Provisional Version: Use a provisional cast on instead of a regular cast on with the above styles, transfer the provisional stitches onto a needle and knit the live stitches together with the corresponding provisional cast on stitches. This might be easier if you have trouble finding the cast-on stitch directly below the next live stitch.
  5. Sew At The End Version: Turn your edge over and sew it down at the end of your project. You can do this with a basic hem or a turning row hem – whatever suits your fancy!

A few super-cool and popular projects with hemmed edges from the Ravelryverse: