Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pattern Release: Incremental Growth

I can't believe it, but I'm releasing my second pattern this month! Meet Incremental Growth, the companion shawl to Diminishing Returns:

Like the earlier shawl, Incremental Growth uses the simple, elegant textures of garter and stockinette to show off the beauty of a hand-dyed skein of yarn. For this one, I used Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20, a luscious blend of 70% merino, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon. The skein was almost soft enough to tempt me to just keep it in the hank and wear it as a necklace, but it's just as enjoyable knit up into this shawlette, which does double duty as a colorful accessory and a layer of warmth. The shawl is worked from the top down, starting with a garter tab (and like Diminishing Returns, I include a photo tutorial for how to do this), and uses alternating sections of stockinette and garter. As you can see, the slight variegation in the yarn really shines without a busy pattern to obscure it.

The shawl is finished with a picot bind off, and if you pin out each picot a bit, you get lovely little eyelets along the edge.

This is a great pattern if you're new to top-down shawls, and it's perfect for that special skein of yarn in your stash that's maybe just slightly too busy for a lace pattern.

There are two more shawls in the series, the second of which is done but for writing up the pattern. Eventually, all four will be available as an e-book. In the meantime, you can purchase Diminishing Returns and Incremental Growth together at a discount (and you'll still get the discount if you've already purchased the earlier pattern).

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