Monday, January 13, 2014

Prairie Ridge Shawl ~ Pattern Now Available!

Hi, Knitters,
The Prairie Ridge Shawl is now available for download in my Ravelry Pattern Shop! Be sure to read to the end before purchasing, I have a couple of opportunities for you.

I knit the Prairie Ridge Shawl last summer to be included in a kit from Infinite Twist. The kits are still available through Infinite Twist and the yarn included is beautiful hand dyed handspun yarn. The yarn and owner of Infinite Twist is from China. The owner, Cate, is an American and works with a women's cooperative personally and provides the wheels and spinning fiber and financial support for them. It is a wonderful company doing lots of good out there.

The shawl pattern is for a worsted weight yarn and it is a simple but entertaining knit because there are textured ridges and yarn over rows in between stockinette stitch rows. The increases are simple. The Prairie Ridge Shawl is a soothing and fun knit.

It is a great first time shawl pattern, too!

In this photo I have the shawl worn over my shoulders and tied behind my back. I love wearing it like this. This is a generous shawl but also one you could make smaller because the pattern could be stopped at any point. 

Here is some information you might like to know

Finished Measurements: 68-inch wingspan, 22-inch depth after blocking

Yarn: Infinite Twist worsted weight 100% wool; 550 yards

Needles: US size 7 circular needles, 32-inch or longer

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch before blocking

Pattern Note: The gauge for this shawl doesn’t have to be exact, however, the yardage requirements will vary if the gauge is different. Also, this pattern doesn’t require a certain number of stitches at any certain point, you can easily make your shawl larger or smaller by continuing on or stopping at any time. Stopping at the end of a repeat is recommended when changing the size of the shawl. If the size is different than the pattern states the yardage requirements will be different as well.

I have knit this same shawl twice now and have started it a third time. I love this shawl. The layers in the photo above show the original shawl knit in Infinite Twist on the bottom, the middle layer is knit in my handspun in a about a sport weight (I added a different edging), and the top layer is the version I am currently working on in Brooklyn Tweed Loft, which is a fingering weight.

The shawl in the worsted weight is a hefty beautiful shawl. The sport weight handspun version was much lighter. I gave this version to my shawl swap partner at Knit East last fall. She loved it and wore it around for the rest of the event which made me feel really good.

The red Loft version is going to be light as air and I can't wait to finish it. I am making it with 2 skeins of the Brooklyn Tweed Loft. Shawls are always fun because you can vary the size through the yarn weight. I'll keep you posted on the final version of the Loft Prairie Ridge Shawl. I can't wait to wear it.

Here are a couple of photos of my handspun version:

I'll have to see if I can find the stitch I did for this edging. It was pretty cool. I didn't use it on the worsted weight version because the yarn was too heavy.

Here comes the good part! Look at this handspun yarn from Infinite Twist:

 (the gorgeous Box of Chocolates colorway)

(the beautiful Autumnal colorway)

I have enough of the Box of Chocolates and the Autumnal colorways (both worsted weight and 600 yards each) to make the Prairie Ridge Shawl and I want to share it with you!

I also have put the pattern for the Prairie Ridge Shawl on sale for $1.00 off with a coupon code through Ravelry. The coupon code is good for one week, through January 20th, 2014! The shawl is regularly priced at $5.00 and with the code it is $4.00.

The coupon code is:  PRAIRIE

So here is the deal. If you purchase the shawl pattern this week I will automatically enter your name in a drawing for the shawl's worth of Infinite Twist in either the Box of Chocolates or the Autmnal colorways. If you purchase the pattern and don't want to be included just let me know. I will select two winners through a random number generator after I get back from Vogue Knitting Live in NYC. I will ship the yarn to two winners the week of January 20th, 2014!

Good luck if you enter!

Have a great Monday, Knitters. It is going to be a busy week ahead.
best, susie