Wednesday, 1 April 2015

deer heart

happy april, lovers! right after the release of creature comfortsdeer heart is the next design from when nature fought back, and is available now for download from ravelry.

back in the early winter, my dear friend meaggy contacted me to ask about getting a large cozy shawl knit for an xmas gift. i was more than happy to take on the project, and we agreed to a cut on my normal commission rate in exchange for me creating and releasing a knitting pattern from her shawl. deer heart is the result of that arrangement, named as a play on words because the lace pattern reminded me of deer antlers and the pattern makes me think of meaggy. 

meaggy's original. it's deceptively small-looking when folded nicely, but it's about four inches tall too.
meaggy's original used cascade eco + in a beautiful heathered forest green. she was looking for a large triangular shawl, lacy but chunky as well. i buried my nose in my stitch dictionary and found a design that i loved - what else but a complicated, double-sided lace pattern. it took three rip backs and several agonizing attempts at writing a sensible chart before i finally figured out how to write a chart for a triangular shawl that is also double-sided (hint: you need to make two separate triangles and mirror your design on each triangle to accommodate for the 4-stitch increase rows). ridiculous, yes, and a major design headache, but i am so happy with the final result and that i learned so many skills in the process of it.

i knit this sample in my own alpaca bulky, mordanted with alum and dyed in a bath of winter-weathered birch bark from my parents' log pile. the pattern is available on its own right now, and contains both charted and written instructions, because i love you all so much. i have several kits prepped for the trunk show, so be sure to pop by to grab one before they're gone! i'll be dyeing up more after the trunk show, you may just need to wait a little while.

it's a satisfying knit and actually very fast, but the lace pattern is more complicated. definitely not social knitting. but the bulky weight means that you can get a large finished shawl quickly! thanks very much to my wonderful test knitters, lindsay and janet.

and thanks again to the adorable ashtyn for modelling! 

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