Saturday, 20 February 2016

New pattern - Vitus

I have a new pattern! I ended up making this 3 times, and might have to make it again sometime - maybe a huge superfine laceweight one?

Vitus is a top down triangular shawl, inspired by St Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle. When we were living there I always loved seeing it on the skyline as we went past on the tram. I have a few more ideas in my head for other Prague-related designs too, although I have no idea yet how to actually get the effect I want for some of them!

The shawl starts with a no-pick-up garter tab (which will feature in its own blog post at some point) and a setup section, and then the column and arches charts can be mixed and matched to suit your tastes. The edging chart comes last, and is finished off with a delicate picot edging - have to get those spiky, knobbly spires in somewhere!

I have made two samples exactly to the pattern, in different weight yarns - the yellow is Zealana Kiwi Laceweight, and uses a total of 500m (2.5 balls), the purple is Skein Merino Silk Sport, and uses 330m (a full skein). The purple shawl omits the arches chart, and I really like how that emphasises the edging.

My first prototype was made for a shawl exchange, and uses 700m of Tri'Coterie Lace Merino Tencel, which is a true laceweight yarn. You can't tell in the photo, but it has hints of purple throughout the black. It is beautifully soft and drapey too. I almost didn't want to part with it!

Vitus is available through ravelry here, or use this link

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