My latest pattern can be found in Interweave Knits Gifts 2015, in your local bookstore or yarn shop, or online here. Galax Shawl is a worsted weight, lacy, modular piece, which is almost more like a scarf than a shawl in shape:
It’s a long, narrow shawl/wrap, or a wide, lacy, curved scarf, however you want to think of it! The worsted weight lace makes it nice and cozy but not too heavy, and it can be styled lots of different ways.
Here it is in the magazine!
I mentioned in my big rambling recent post that this design was coming, and that it started out as a submission idea for a different publication and then got tweaked for this one. It went through a few different iterations before finding its best version… The body has always been the same (except for changes to gauge/ stitch counts), but the edging got changed a few times throughout the design process. I’m really happy with the end results!
I’m also really happy with how it looks in the magazine! Yay!
The design is in HiKoo Kenzie yarn (same yarn I used for my Tionne sweater, one of my all time favorite yarns!) and it looks excellent in a tweedy, slightly halo-y kind of yarn blend like this one (which is 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils). It uses about 660 yards / 600 meters of worsted weight yarn, so it requires 5 balls of the Kenzie.
The finished measurements are approx 110 inches / 280 cm along outer edge, 70 inches / 178 cm along inner edge, and 11 inches / 28 cm wide. It’s plenty long to wrap around your neck several times!
Or it can be draped more loosely and shawl-like:
It’s made modularly, with no picked up stitches – the edging is first, sideways, with a sideways edge cast-on technique to leave live stitches along the top for later, then the body is worked across those body stitches, up to the top.
The lace patterns are charted. It’s a pretty easy knit, in terms of complexity/techniques… just follow the charts and it’ll all work out. But, do keep track of your rows well – don’t do what I did and accidentally skip 1 row two thirds of the way through the edging and then don’t notice it until your stitch count is 1 off at the end. Actually, if you do that, it’s really not a big deal – just add an extra stitch and it’ll be fine, no one will ever notice. Me, on the other hand, I was too worried the tiny mistake would show up in a photo so I frogged the whole chunk and fixed it :-p Can you see the mistake below there? I can! I’m glad I fixed it so it doesn’t drive me crazy forever! (It wouldn’t drive me crazy at all for the mistake to exist in the knit item, but if it showed in a photo in the magazine, that would have been a bummer.)
Anyway, as long as you keep track of your rows, pretty simple pattern. Well, compared to a lot of my designs, basic-ish. Just the 2 sections, each with a repeating chart pattern, worked flat, no finishing steps. And I love knitting chunky lace in worsted, so I think it’s a pretty fun knit!
If you want to think variations/mods, I think it would look pretty cool with different colors used for the edging and body. As for more advanced mods, it wouldn’t be difficult to adjust the size – well, of course you could use a different weight to make it either smaller or larger by just making it in a different gauge. But, you could do a more extreme size mod by giving it fewer or more repeats across the length, by working this mod: Stop the first section (the edging) when the body stitches on the long side of the marker total any multiple of 35, plus 4 (fewer than 284 for a shorter length, or more than 284 for a longer length); work the body section normally (you’ll just have a different number of pattern repeats). If you have only 4 balls of Kenzie instead of 5, work this mod to make it 1 repeat shorter – stop the edging when you have 249 body stitches; or if you have 5 balls, that’s enough to make it longer if you want to, stopping at 319 body stitches. For yardage planning purposes, the edging uses approx 45% of the total yardage.
If you try a modification (or just if you make a Galax at all), be sure to post a photo on ravelry so I can see it! :)
The deal is, when 2000 followers is reached (as I’m writing this it’s at 1992), I’ll pick 5 winners at random from ALL followers (new and old) to each win a $6 off coupon code for my patterns!
And lastly, I was interviewed for episode #3 of the new Stash podcast! Stash, in Corvallis, Oregon, is one of my favorite ever yarn shops so of course I was thrilled to be one of their first designer interviewees! Listen to hear me talk about designing, collaborating, binge watching, working at home alone, Portland, and more! (iTunes link)