fingering weight

NEW PATTERN: THANOS THEORY SHAWL

I'm always totally honored when a company asks me to design something for them in collaboration with an amazing dyer. I'm even MORE excited when that collaboration goes out into the world as a kit to their loyal subscribers. So today's offering is something I've had in the works since February and I'm so excited to finally share it with you! 

THANOS THEORY

This lovely little single-skein fingering weight shawl is a simple crescent shape, knit from the top-center, out. It features a repeating lace center-panel and the cutest eyelet/picot bind off that you ever did see! This is the first time I've ever designed with a gradient skein and I don't think it will be the last. 
And the yarn! it's absolutely lovely - Copper Sock from Apple Tree Knits is 86% merino and 14% copper-infused nylon. This yarn is so resilient and light weight - its the perfect summer knit! 

THE STORY

There are many theories linking the name THANOS to that of the Infinity Stones in the Marvel-verse. My favorite: Tesseract (Space Stone), Head of Vision (Mind Stone), Aether (Reality Stone), Necklace of Agamotto (Time Stone), Orb (Power Stone), Sacrifice (Soul Stone). Whatever your theory, this shawl is my interpretation of all the pieces of the Thanos puzzle coming together in Infinity Wars!

MATERIALS

  • A copy of the Thanos Theory Shawlette pattern available here on my website or on Ravelry
  • Apple Tree Knits Copper Sock (sock weight; 88% superwash merino wool, 12% copper-infused nylon; 435 yds / 397 m per 3.5 oz / 100g), 1 skein: ‘Infinity Wars Gradient’
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) 40” / 81 cm circular needle
  • Stitch markers (2)
  • Row counter
  • Blocking wires and/or T-pins

FINISHED SIZE

48” / 122 cm wingspan, 13½” / 34.5 cm depth, after blocking

PROJECT GAUGE

21 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm over stockinette stitch, worked flat, taken after blocking

NOTES

  • This shawlette is worked from the top-center, out. The cast-on is a double-overhand knot (tutorial provided) and the final bind-off is worked as a picot edge.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • Written and charted instructions are provided for the body of the shawl.
  • Please note that this shawl is designed to use up almost all of one skein. A gauge different than that noted may result in the use of more yardage. I recommend doing an un-blocked swatch and aiming for a gauge of 25 sts and 34 rows over 4” / 10 cm to ensure you won’t run out of yarn. You can then unravel your unblocked swatch and cast-on once you have achieved this pre-blocked gauge.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

  • Picot Bind Off
  • Cable Cast-On

Grab that special skein and cast on!

I'm always itching to cast on the latest and greatest and the heat of the summer isn't enough of a deterrent for me. So get your needles, your super special skein of fingering weight yarn and cast-on this lovely, light weight shawl! 

New Pattern: My Simple Solution

Confession time... I have 47 (FORTY SEVEN!!!!) single skeins of fingering weight yarn in my stash right now. Ugh... I can't even handle that. It sounds nuts. To be fair, I've amassed it over 5 years but still... 

Here's how I soothe myself when I berate myself for so much un-planned yarn: I remind myself that I'm not alone in single-skein heaven! We all (ok, MOST of us) are suckers for beautiful, fingering weight hand-dyed yarn. We buy it by the basket-full at shows and don't often have a plan for it. Well... here's My Simple Solution for those gorgeous skeins that deserve to be shown off (and if you can't bear to knit another pair of socks... *wild, hysterical laughing*  there's always room for more socks).

MY SIMPLE SOLUTION

One more confession? I'm a total TV knitter. I don't like fussy knits and want something that helps calm my mind after a busy day at the computer. This single-skein, asymmetrical shawl is just that for me. There is a rhythm to the knitting that soothes my soul and allows the yarn to absolutely sing! 

The Details

My Simple Solution is knit from tip to bind off edge where you add a bit of pizzazz with an adorable picot bind-off. The final dimensions of the shawl will depend whether you match gauge and how much yarn you actually use (i.e.: does your fingering skein have 400 yds, 380 yds or even 463 yds - some will go further than others). Whatever the case, this shawl is designed to use the maximum amount of yardage in  your skein to give you the biggest bang for your yarn-y buck! 

MATERIALS

  • KiwiPop Yarn Snazzy Pop (fingering weight; 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 435 yds / 398 m per 3.5 oz / 100g), 1 skein: ‘Midnight Beach’

  • US 6 (4 mm) 32” / 81 cm circular needle

  • Row counter (optional)

  • Tapestry needle

  • Yarn/kitchen scale (to measure final grams of skein for the picot bind off)

FINISHED SIZE

66” / 167.5 cm width along top edge, 14“ / 35.5 cm depth from top edge to bottom point (will vary somewhat based on yardage in skein)

PROJECT GAUGE

22 sts and 36 rows = 4” / 10 cm over stitch pattern, worked flat, taken after blocking

NOTES

  • This asymmetrical shawl is worked from the top right point, and increases in width along the top edge every WS row.
  • This pattern includes written instructions only.
  • Gauge is not critical for this project - we simply want a single skein to go as far as possible! You will use up all but 5 g of the skein knitting the shawl, reserving the final 5 g for the picot bind off.
  • Detailed instructions for the picot bind off are provided. 

Get My Simple Solution

My Simple Solution (and hopefully YOUR new simple solution for beautiful, single-skeins of yarn) is available on Ravelry or here on my website. This weekend only (until 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, May 13th), you can save 50% at checkout, no coupon code needed. Thats right - this beauty is half off! 

And! If you purchase a skein of Snazzy Pop (or other fingering base) from KiwiPop Yarn you'll receive a coupon code from Judy to snag an additional $1 savings. So... yeah. A fabulous new pattern for $2? Why the heck, not, right? 

Thank you so much for checking out my new offering! You're definitely one of my favorite people for allowing me to follow my passion and create things I love! Happy knitting!