October 30 2018 – Nadia Coburn
Birds of a FeatherRemember we mentioned the Pointe Shawl a little while ago? She's a real beauty, but we're aware that Pointe is a project involving some advanced techniques. After a little Ravelry research, we realised that Andrea Mowry's stunning Birds of a Feather Shawl uses pretty much the same amount of yarn as Pointe, but it's a project that's easily tackled by an intermediate (or enthusiastic beginner) knitters. Hurray! Dreamy Mohair and Silk combinations for all! So on our stand we will have five varieties of "Textured Yarn Combos" in crisp shiny packets, calling out to be made in to Pointe, Birds of a Feather, or maybe even an Elton Cardigan (yep, Joy has one of those on the needles too - she's unstoppable!). I asked Jacqui to tell me a little more about her experience of making Birds of a Feather:
Having seen Joy and Jenny's beautiful Pointe Shawls using Fade St and Aura Lace I really wanted to use these two yarn combinations. So I decided to cast on for the Birds of a Feather pattern which I'd seen in the Laine magazine and had been on my wish list for a while! The pattern flows beautifully, garter stitch segments alternating between the 2 yarns, increasing stitches as you go whilst maintaining a central double decrease in the centre of the work. Every so often Andrea throws in a feather and fan section, which keeps things interesting, so it is a pattern suitable for both new and experienced shawl knitters! The pattern changes direction half way along but maintains the central decrease creating a distinctive shape. The end result is a light, roomy and airy shawl with plenty of length to wrap around your shoulders with ease!