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NEW PATTERN: AMAZING WOMAN SHAWL

There are some incredible women who make up this knitting world that I’m so lucky to be part of. This shawl celebrates the blending of all of the talent across the industry - and hopefully brings you some squishy knitting joy! And it’s no accident that it’s International Women’s Day! Let’s hear it for the WOMEN!!!!

What is International Women's Day? 

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
IWD is not country, group or organization specific.
~ via https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Since International Women’s Day is about unity, celebration, reflection and advocacy for change, I thought it would be a perfect day to share a new shawl pattern that is all about celebrating the amazing talent of the women of the fiber community. We can come together to celebrate the AMAZING WOMEN in our lives and make a change for other women at the same time!

THE AMAZING WOMAN SHAWL

How To Affect Change

So you’re probably wondering how knitting a shawl can make a change, right? Well, I certainly don’t have all of the answers but I’m hoping we knitters can come together and make a small change with two organizations.

The sale of this shawl, which is available for just $4 on Ravelry, will be used to make donations to two women-based and run organizations making positive impacts in two sectors of women’s lives. $3 of each pattern sale will be divided and sent off to Women for Women International and Girls Who Code, Inc. The remaining $1 goes to covering all PayPal and Ravelry fees.

For Young Women - Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission:
to close the gender gap in technology.

This charitable organization really struck a chord with me as I read statistics on young women in school who profess an interest in the science and technology (STEM) streams when compared against the actual rate of follow through. Girls Who Code is providing opportunities outside of the regular school curriculum to give education and training that will allow young women to enter the computer / programming workforce that is, truly, our future.

For Mature Women (most with families) - Women for Women International

Our year long social and economic empowerment program provides marginalized women with the opportunity, often for the first time in their lives, to come together in classes of 25 women to build support networks, to share experiences, to learn critical skills, and to access new resources.

What struck me most about the content of this organization is the belief that women are not merely victims of war, but are the mechanism for change. It’s powerful and motivating and that can change lives. While these women are not local to most of us, unlike the young women and girls who are helped by Girls Who Code, our sisters being assisted through the Women for Women International program are just that: our sisters. If I can help make a small impact on their lives, even from a distance, I’m happy to do so!

 

Details About the Amazing Woman Shawl

This shawl is knit up using 3 skeins of either fingering weight or DK weight yarn (the pattern provides instructions for both) and is designed to be accesible to all knitters (see the list of required skills below).

Each of the colors shift into each other. When choosing colors, it is recommended to look for colors/speckles that are similar from one skein to the next. For example, in the Fingering weight shawl, the pink speckled matched the pink speckles in my yellow skein; and the purple skein matches purple speckles in my pink skein. I chose to shift from lightest to darkest but get creative! Just choose your 3 favorites and go for it!

Shawl Finished Sizes: Fingering (DK)

  • 62 (55)” / 157.5 (140) cm at the neckline edge,

  • 29.5 (25)” / 75 (63.5) cm from neckline edge to center point

Required Skills

  • knit

  • purl

  • kfb

  • carrying colors

  • Icelandic Bind Off (video tutorial provided)

GET THE AMAZING WOMEN SHAWL PATTERN

NEW TRIO OF PATTERNS: FOR THE LOVE OF GARTER SHAWLS

This trio of shawls, much less a single one of these shawls, were never really supposed to happen.

This summer when my Mum came to visit we decided to take a trip to a cute LYS down the road from me. the Knotty Lamb, since my Mum is now an avid knitter and wanted to see what my shops have to offer (she lives up in Canada).

I spied some lovely Tot le Matin Tot Sport yarn and decided to treat myself to 3 skeins - enough to make a really lovely-sized shawl. My intent was mindless garter knitting - something to throw over my shoulders every day, all day, during the damp Oregonian winters. And then I asked a question about my color choices on Instagram. The rest is, as they say, history!

For the Love of Garter - a Trio of Shawls

Version 1.0 - 1 color, triangular, NO purl stitches

Version 1.0 is, as you might guess, the original inspiration for the collection. I had originally considered working this shawl in 3 colors, shifting from lightest to darkest across the shawl, but felt that it didn’t do the stitch pattern and shape any justice. When I took to Instagram, I received a ton of wonderful feedback that led the creation of the remainder of the collection.

My favorite part about this first shawl is the use of a new (to me) bind off, the Icelandic Bind Off, which is ridiculously garter-friendly. I’ve even created a new video tutorial showing you how to work the bind off: check out my new Icelandic Bind Off tutorial.

Version 2.0 - 2 color, triangular with a picot bind off

V2.0 seemed like a natural progression for me - I loved the shape and wearability of V1.0 but wanted to add a pop: not just to the border of the shawl but highlighting the columns of lacework. This embroidered column effect adds some wow-factor. And, of course, I created a new video tutorial for this beauty, too: check out the Highlighted Ladders video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Version 3.0 - 3 color, circular with a shawl collar

V3.0 allowed me to realize my desire to shift colors across a fall-like palette, while adding a new shape to the collection that seemed more appropriate for a change of colors like this.

The added collar allows you to keep your neck warm as you drape the shawl over your shoulders, or wrap it entirely like a cape-let.

Big Savings THROUGH this Week

I’m so excited about this little collection - it’s my first real collection that shows a range of my ideas and I’m quite proud of it. Working with the Tot le Matin yarns was a true joy and I think you’ll find that a variety of her colors work very well for either color a 2-color or 3-color shawl. It’s pretty easy (in my humble opinion) to select one color for Version 1.0 - ANY of her colors!

To celebrate the release of this collection, I’m doing a pretty exciting little sale over on Ravelry (unfortunately, not yet on my website as there appears to be an issue on the developer end and I can’t load my new patterns there… sniff).

Here’s the discounts:

Until Sunday, November 18th, purchase any of these patterns on Ravelry and get these savings automatically (no coupon code required, YAY!): 

  • Buy 1 shawl and save 10% 

  • Buy two shawls and save 15% 

  • Buy all three shawls and save 30%

Seems to me you could get a lot of holiday knitting done… just sayin’!

Thank you so much for coming by to check out my latest creations. I love them so much and I hope you, do, too!

Happy knitting!