Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Shawl Shapes & Knitting Pattern Inspiration

Now that the holiday hubbub has subsided, you may be thinking of some special projects to make for yourself. We are all for a little "selfish" knitting to start off the year! 

First, let's have a quick talk about shawl shapes. You may have noticed several posts using the #5shawls5days hashtag recently on Instagram; this fun, free challenge was created by Aroha Knits to help knitters better understand the construction and shaping of various shawl shapes. Each participant received a basic shawl recipe to knit each day; we chose to knit ours with a vibrant skein of Tibetan Dream fingering weight yarn dyed by ModeKnit yarn:

Day 1: Triangular Shawl

Day 2: Crescent Shawl

Day 3: Asymmetrical Shawl

Day 4: 3/4 Shawl

Day 5: Square Shawl

Once you get the hang of each shawl shape, you can start experimenting with different stitch patterns and designs to create your own unique shawl. Or, if you prefer not to design your own pattern, you can make any pattern you wish with confidence since you have already mastered the basics of shawl knitting. Let us inspire you with a few of our favorite shawl patterns from Ravelry:

If you're a fan of crescent-shaped shawls, Delphia by Dee O'Keefe is a gorgeous option using two colors of fingering weight yarn; both Gobi and Tibetan Dream would be fantastic yarn substitutions to try.
Sun Ridge by Irina Eberhardt is knitted on the bias using 1 skein of Gobi, our fingering weight blend of baby camel and mulberry silk. 

The popular Sizzle Pop shawl by Lesley Anne Robinson includes instructions to knit both a triangular and square shaped shawl using two colors of fingering weight yarn. Try it in Tibetan Dream for a soft and sturdy shawl you'll wear again and again.

Andrea Mowry's Briochealicious shawl would be gorgeous knit up in Tibetan Dream; try pairing a hand-dyed Flow colorway from ModeKnit Yarn with a skein of Natural Cream for a unique look!

Pairing an undyed or semi-solid color of yarn with a gradient would work for virtually any two-color shawl pattern you fancy; one of our recent favorites is Cacoxenite from Hunter Hammersen's newest book, Curls 3. Shown above is a work in progress using a previous ModeKnit Flow color (click here to see our current ModeKnit Flow colors), and it's stunning! Here are a few more patterns to pair with this yarn combination: Smuggler's Cove by Kay Hopkins, Laurelie by Lisa Hannes, Three Sisters by Cetus Knits, and The Love of Spiders by Melanie Berg.

We love to see what you're making with our yarns! Be sure to share your projects here in our Ravelry group, or on Instagram using the #bijoubasinranch hashtag. 

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