Friday, September 13, 2013

3 New Lace Shawl Designs from Gardiner Yarn Works

Calling all Lace Knitters 

Chrissy Gardiner of Gardiner Yarn Works' loves designing lace and it shows in the rich textures and elegant drape of each of her shawls. Grab a skein of your favorite Fingering or Lace weight yarn and get started tonight, all 3 patterns are available for instant download after the purchase.

Gardiner loves entrelac and its shows in her wrap design Stampede!, which is knit in 800-1100 yards of a fingering weight yarn.  She shares..."Its one of my favorite knitting techniques. I love its modular nature - the triangles that start and end every other row, the center rectangles knitted onto the piece as you go. If you loved my other entrelac wrap pattern, Birch, Stampede is like Birch’s big sister!

Anne of Alpha B tempted me with this lush colorway, named Pendleton Roundup after Oregon’s famous fall rodeo and dyed onto a luxurious silk-merino base. I played around with a number of leaf lace motifs before modifying one to result in a path of diamond shapes reminiscent of hoofprints. With the rodeo theme of the yarn and the zigzag nature of entrelac, could this be named anything but ‘Stampede’?"

This luxurious little triangular wrap is named for the Japanese Iris (the little eye-shaped lace motifs remind me both of an Iris flower’s bloom and the iris of a human eye). The pattern consists of a short repeat edged with a simple eyelet border, making it easy to expand into a larger shawl and its the perfect project for my Lace!

This is the story behind Gardiner's Portlandia shawl..."This shawl was a total experiment in shaping that happened to turn out just right. I wasn’t sure if it was actually going to work until I bound off and tried it on, and I’m quite delighted with the result!  The patterns are bird-inspired, prompted by the popular Portlandia meme “put a bird on it” which also happens to be the name of this stunning colorway from Knitted Wit."  Knit in 600 yards of a fingering weight yarn.

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