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Introducing a New Shawl Pattern: Arise

Summer is soon coming to a close (sorry Summer lovers) and Back to School and even Halloween items (yay!) are in stores already. I'm eagerly awaiting the Fall season but I am slowly learning to tolerate and even enjoy the hot weather.

Soon we'll all be wearing cool weather knits again and shawls and wraps are perfect for making the transition between seasons painless.

The colors I used for the Arise shawl remind me of Autumn, falling leaves and pumpkins. The shawl was knit from two skeins (one skein of each color) of Anzula Squishy yarn (80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon) in the colorways Poppy and Charcoal. The yarn certainly lives up to its name and is indeed very "squishy" and a pleasure to work with. The tonal shades in the yarn are rich, vibrant and make your project really come alive.

Arise shawl all wrapped up
Closeup of Arise shawl
Follow the yellow (actually yellow-orange) brick road...

The pattern for the Arise shawl can be downloaded on Ravelry here. 

Happy knitting and crocheting! :)

An Easy & Breezy Summer Project: Fishnet Stitch Cowl

Summer is almost officially here and it sure feels like it lately. It's funny how we always complain about the heat when it's cold outside and vice versa. For the last few weeks I have been working feverishly on another more complex shawl pattern (more about that soon) but felt inspired and compelled to write this easy and breezy one first. Blame the weather and a streak of impulsiveness I guess.

The Fishnet Stitch Cowl is perfect for some relaxing and mindless Summer knitting. The result is a very versatile piece that can be worn as a cowl with a button or made longer into a scarf or wrap. It's wonderful (and cool) made from cotton and cotton blend yarns but you can substitute any fiber you wish. I plan to find some bamboo blend yarn soon to make myself one.

The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry here.

It's Indie Designer Month!

I find it hard to believe that it's already May. Where does the time go?

Loveknitting.com, a cool site which features both amazing patterns and the drool-worthy yarn needed to make them, is dedicating the month of May to Indie Designers. I'm proud to say that my designs are a part of this special promotion and celebration of all the amazing indie designs out there. You also can't beat the 10% discount on yarn. ;)

You can check out my patterns on loveknitting.com by clicking the image below. They also have a sister site at lovecrochet.com if you're looking exclusively for crochet patterns, even though both crochet and knitting patterns can be found over at loveknitting.com.

Enjoy! :)

LoveKnitting Independent Designers