Design Workshop - design your own shawl, part 2

In part 1 of this workshop, Rosee explained how to find inspiration for your design, and how to plan the basic construction. Now we'll look at how to make your increases and decreases fit within your stitch pattern.

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR INCREASES

There are three basic increases that you can make. Yarnovers will create a hole at the increase point, and were used throughout this sample shawl. You could also work KFB, or M1, both of which do not form a hole, but are slightly visible. Swatch with your chosen yarn and see what you like best. There is no right answer.

7 essential steps to designing your own shawl

If you love knitting beautiful shawls, why not take the next step and design one yourself? A little inspiration and some basic maths are all you'll need, as Rosee Woodland explains...

There are only so many times you can knit a shawl before you start to think, “is this it?”. Because the shape is so basic, it’s the perfect starting point for creating your first unique design. You can keep it very simple, or go wild with complex stitch patterns and still not come unstuck - as long as you keep a calculator and a bit of common sense handy!

Of course, not all shawls are easy to design or make, but if you’ve never written a knitting pattern before, this kind of accessory is the perfect place to dip your toe in the water.

INSPIRATION

Wednesday wonders - stunning stoles

With the ever-changing weather this spring, a lacy stole or wrap is a wardrobe essential. And whether you're heading to a summer wedding or need an extra layer on a shopping trip or commuting, we've got five gorgeous patterns you can download straightaway... 

Perfectly pretty, this Soft pink stole combines knitting with a simple crochet edging. This delicate cover-up is knitted in Malabrigo’s super-soft baby Merino lace yarn, and the end result is a beautiful accessory guaranteed to take the edge off colder days and evenings. The finished stole measure 52x236cm; you can download the pattern for £4.99.

Don't miss your Shawls Design Workshop supplement with issue 56

Have you picked up your copy of issue 56 yet? As well as all these gorgeous patterns, there's also an eight-page Design Workshop supplement devoted to designing your own shawl.

This new series of patterns and step-by-step guides is written by our commissioning editor Rosee Woodland; she's an expert in pattern construction. She'll guide you through fnding your design inspiration, choosing your yarn, and each step of your construction.

 

As Rosee explains, accessories such as shawls are the perfect place to start if you've never written your own knitting pattern before. You can keep it simple, or go wild with complex stitch patterns.

Review and giveaway: Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss

Sweet Shawlettes book coverThe New Year is often a time when knitters turn frugal, eschewing new yarn purchases in favour of finishing old projects and stashbusting.

Jean Moss’ new book, Sweet Shawlettes, might just be the one treat you should allow yourself, even if you are on a yarn diet. 

The book has 25 projects to choose from, many of which use a few balls of different colour yarns, making them a great quick knitting fix too!

The Harlequin Cape on the cover requires just 2 balls of Rowan Colourscape Chunky, while the stunning Mantilla Shawlette takes 3 balls of perennial favourite Kidsilk Haze.

At The Knitter we’ve fallen head over heels for the Ceilidh tartan inspired design (pictured below) – look out for it in the magazine very soon.

Jean has been producing her own collections for more than 20 years and has designed for international fashion houses such as Ralph Lauren, Laura Ashley and Bennetton.

The Knitter partners with a superstar from the knitting world!

Jane Sowerby designs for The KnitterThe Knitter magazine has scored a major coup by partnering with one of the biggest names in the industry. Already a superstar in America and the UK, Jane Sowerby has got on board with the magazine to design some exclusive lace patterns for The Knitter.

This is the first time that Jane has worked with a UK magazine and she has selected The Knitter for her debut in recognition of the consistent high quality of the magazine and its patterns.

As the author of the seminal book ‘Victorian Lace Today’, which brought classic lace patterns to a new audience, Jane is an expert in the field and has designed projects exclusively for The Knitter. October’s issue will feature two beautiful variations on a Gothic Shawl, with designs for two different lacy cowls to come in November, and February 2012.