New pattern time!
Triyang (ravelry link) is a garter stitch shawl, made any size with any weight yarn, with a fun modular construction – 3 narrow triangles are joined with short rows, increases, and decreases, no picked up stitches, to form a long, slightly asymmetrical triangle shape. Only 2 stitches are cast on, and there’s no bind off at all.
It can be made with or without stripes for different kinds of looks. The pattern includes detailed notes on striping.
The pattern also includes instructions for maximizing your yardage – weigh your yarn before you start, and then make your shawl to use up as much yarn as possible without running out.
The pattern gives small, medium, large sizes – my blue-green gradient sample is the small, and my grey+white striped sample is the large – but you can make any size. The edge of the first section ends up being almost exactly half the length of the top edge of the final piece, so it’s super easy to make exactly the size you want! Or do the yarn weighing thing and make it whatever size you can get with the yarn you have.
My large sample is big enough to wrap around twice for mega coziness, or drape more loosely around once, keeping the shoulders comfy, or make weirdo poses like this:
The pattern also includes a breakdown of the construction, with schematics, customization options – like adding ties…
…or making it small for a kerchief…
…or using 3 equal skeins for 3 color blocks without running out of yarn (this sample is using 3 mini-skeins – the same style made with 3 full size skeins would make an awesome big shawl!)…
…and detailed instructions for the differing stripes pattern, which is what’s used in my large striped sample. There’s also a photo tutorial for German short rows (there’s also one of those on my website here), which is the recommended method.
The pdf is 8 pages total, but the pattern itself is on just 1 page! (A sentence which does actually warrant an exclamation point, which you know if you’re familiar with a lot of my patterns, usually much longer than 1 page!)
My large striped sample is in fabulous Anzula Cole aran weight silk/camel blend yarn – 2 skeins each color Au Natural and Pewter. This yarn was excellent to work with, and this shawl is absolutely luxurious and I love it so much!!
My small sample is in a Canon Hand Dyes William Merino Gradient yarn cake, fingering weight; I used approximately 430 yards out of the 460 yard cake, maximizing it the best I could without risking running out at the end. I love how this gradient worked out!
If you love the gradient look, but you like a larger shawl, I have some ideas for you! I think it would look awesome to use 2 of these gradient cakes – 1 cake from the center out, then start a second of the same colorway from the outside in, so the colors shift blue to green and back to blue, or whatever the colorway is. It would also look fantastic to stripe between a gradient yarn and a solid yarn throughout, doubling your yardage. Or, you could use 2 gradient cakes of the same colorway and hold them together, doubling the weight, for a larger + thicker shawl, since the pattern is written for any weight.
And then, my little cowl kind of sample with the ties – that’s in Knitted Wit Targhee Shimmer Worsted, which is 80% Targhee wool and 20% silk. Love this yarn! And these aren’t 3 colors I’d normally have chosen, if I had a full palette to choose from, but I got these from the dyer’s extras and I thought, hmmmm, maybe this would be cool, and then I ended up loving it!! Yay for stepping outside your color comfort zone!
Speaking of stepping outside your color comfort zone… what you do all think of my striped sample, modeled over grey clothes?! That was a difficult photoshoot for me ;)
Anyway, there are 2 more little samples – a kerchief version, in orange Knitted Wit Welterweight Rambouillet (which happens to be one of my all time favorite yarns ever, by the way), with a button closure:
And then the first actual sample I made, to test everything out and figure out the yardage percentage per section, so I could better plan my main samples (I instagrammed it many months ago)… this one is handspun alpaca striped with hand-dyed yarn scraps from my stash, all around worsted-aran weight. It’s just a little bit smaller than the official small size:
Other pattern things! This is the start of a new collection! The Triyang collection is similar to the Betiko collection – this first main pattern is a basic version, any-weight/any-gauge/any-size, with customization possibility. (Not to the extent of Betiko, but same kind of concept.) The 3 upcoming patterns will use the same construction as Triyang, same shape, with stitch patterns plugged in.
I am releasing this collection for pre-order in a new way – there are ravelry pattern pages up already for the nonexistent patterns, with preview photos! The preview for Twou, the lace pattern, with swatches, a sketch, some chart bits, the yarn being used for the sample (Infinite Twist Helix), and the beginning of the sample knit on the needle:
Then Liy, the colorwork pattern, with all slip-stitch striped colorwork, no stranded knitting (only 1 color used per row), directly below (in Black Trillium Pebble Worsted). And the cabled pattern, Vire, is down below that (in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted). These will all be released around the end of the year, probably/hopefully in or around December. If you pre-order the collection now, you’ll get Triyang immediately, and then each of these delivered to your inbox as soon as they’re out. (On ravelry here. Each individual pattern will be $6, the 4-pattern collection is $16.)
The design details in these photos may change significantly in the final designs – these are sketches and swatches from the planning process, to give you an idea of vaguely what the shawls might look like. I am at varying levels in the design process for these designs; I’ll be posting further previews as I work on them, but that won’t be for a few months. I’ll be posting another blog post in the near future more about this collection, about the design process more, and I’ll talk about why the other 3 patterns are delayed a bit (other exciting things happening this fall! too much excitement!).
Other things… For this collection, I created a new custom font for pattern headings and stuff, and I made a new pattern template, so the Triyang pdf has a bit of a different look to it from my other patterns. I had fun thinking outside the box for the cover page!
Oh, something else I had fun messing around with – I wanted to show you a visual of how the construction works, very basically, so I made an animated gif! Not to scale, kind of a wonky shape, but just to give you an idea:
So there’s the order of how things are worked – you start at the left point, across the bottom section 1, then the middle section 2 gets worked up from there, and the final section 3 starts again at the left point, out all the way to the other point. Here are 4 samples’ left points, where the 3 sections meet up:
The design process was pretty extreme for figuring out exactly the best ways to make the shape and stuff… I’d originally planned to have different options for things like increase ratios and short row stitch counts, to make differently shaped triangles (like, more or less deep, more or less asymmetrical). But after a couple weeks of swatching (there are 8 of my large swatches pictured below), I came to the conclusion that the best pattern would be made by sticking to the best combinations of these elements instead of giving options and making it too complex for no good reason.
Okay I’ll stop typing now and just show you a few more photos. I’ll be back to the blog soon for kind of a more behind the scenes process post about this collection, plus more general leethal news kinds of things… For now, enjoy Triyang, and I hope wherever in the world you are you’re getting some good knitting weather!
Edited to add a couple notes:
There’s a casual knit-a-long for Triyang in the leethal knitters! ravelry group, which basically means, if you make a Triyang you’re encouraged to share it there in the group, and if you have any questions, you can ask them in there.