Posts Tagged ‘Stephen West Mystery Shawl KAL 2011’

A few months ago, Stephen West was kind enough to ask me to test knit the Earth & Sky pattern for his mystery knit-along! I was extremely honored and excited to be a part of this project. After much deliberation, I decided to knit the pattern in Llama Lluxury – a supersoft wool that has a texture very close to cashmere.

This is quite a masculine, geometric pattern – and I think the neutrals do a great job of highlighting the architecture of the shawl.

As I have said before, don’t let the intarsia scare you off! It is very clearly explained in the pattern. Yes, there are a few ends to weave in, but as long as you weave them as you go along, it is not so cumbersome. Here is what the intarsia wraps look like from the back:

And from the front:

The shawl is started at the top-center, then worked down to the simple garter-stitch border:

It is a warm and cozy little shawl…

Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Earth & Sky by Stephen West; $6
  • Yarn: SWTC Llama Lluxury; Midnight, Pewter; Cream colorways
  • Needles: Size US5 32″circular needle
  • Size Made: small

You can see more of Stephen’s amazing work here. Happy knitting!

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I was completely honored to be asked by Stephen West to test knit his new pattern for the Mystery Shawl Knit Along! Needless to say, I’m smitten with what he’s designed, and I know you will be too. All I can tell you is that there are three colors involved – I’ve chosen cool-toned, neutral shades of soft baby llama. I’ve never knit with llama before – it feels like a combination of cashmere and wool and knits up beautifully!

The knit-a-long is scheduled to start on August 1st, so visit Ravelry to sign up and have fun picking out your colors!

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