Brookside Knits is having a group knit-a-long. We have chosen to knit the ‘Drachenfels’ shawl by Melanie Berg. We will show our shawls at the 2017 Knit Out. You are invited to join us in our knit-a-long. To do this, purchase the pattern on Ravelry, buy some yarn (or use your stash), and show us your results next year. Here are photos of some of the shawls we have completed. We will post more during the year.
At last year’s Knit Out and Crochet Too!, some of you asked us to let you know what we planned for our next summer knit-along.
We found this easy-to-knit pattern in the newsletter from Knitter’s Edge in Bethlehem, PA and followed it to its source on Ravelry and the Knit Cafe. It is called 504 King West after a streetcar route in Toronto.
The pattern is free. The stitches are simple. The recommended yarn is Koigu KPM, a fingering yarn, but other yarns that suit the gauge may be substituted. They use two main contrasting colors, with a trim using small amounts of three other colors.
We know Brookside knitters will find many ways to create unique “asymmetrical neck wrappers.” Join us and show yours off at next year’s Knit Out.
Here are just some of the fabulous scarves made for the Knit-Along:
At least six Brookside Knits members joined in on the annual summer knit-along. One of their choices was Leftie by Martina Behm (www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leftie). The name “Leftie” was chosen because Behm’s original scarf was made of leftover yarn, something all knitters have around. It was designed as “an asymmetrical shawlette,” narrower at the beginning and wider toward the end. As a result the stripes “swirl about your neck in a very flattering way.” The original was made with fingering weight yarn, but the pattern can be adapted to other yarns. A garter stitch is used throughout.
Joy chose to knit her Leftie in Telemark, a sport-yarn from Knit Picks (3 balls, 150g) of garnet heather for the main color and a lighter colored contrast yarn. In the photo, her daughter models scarf.
Marilyn chose black fingering-weight Chroma yarn, also from Knit Picks, for her main color with a self-striping Chroma as the contrast color. In the photo, Marilyn models the scarf herself.
Vickie chose Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in Lollipop & Natural. She adds that she was able to carry the contrasting color along but believes she would cut and weave in the yarn if she knitted another Leftie. A Greek goddess models Vickie’s Leftie.
Carol chose worsted-weight yarn and size 7 needles for her Leftie, knitted from her stash (or what she refers to as Junk Yarn). She has chosen a light grey tone of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes for her main color and darker contrast colors. Her scarf is displayed on a table, giving us a chance to see the whole pattern.
Janet and LuAnn chose to knit Wingspan scarves. Their choice was a design by maylin TriCoterie Designs, seen as the first among several lovely variations (www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=wingspan). Maylin describes the wrap as “deceptively simple, knitted in one piece, shaped by short rows and completely knit in garter stitch.”
LuAnn used Ella Rae Lace Merino sock yarn (1 ball, 460 yd) and a size 3 needle. She wears her Wingspan as a shawlette with a starfish pin in her photo.
Janet is, as we say, last but not least. Her photo shows three of her nine Wingspans displayed at The Yarn Gallery in Reading, PA. She knit in Noro Taiyo sock yarn and is planning a tenth in Noro silk garden. According to Janet, the pattern is addictive. She shared her Wingspan with five of her friends who planned a trip together to Poland.