Greetings, readers! We've spent the last week shivering and drinking tea like there's no tomorrow here at our house. Between the dreariness of the snow and the rain turning it brown and yucky, I've found myself reaching for bright fibers and fabrics to bring a little color back into our world. New project bags coming in my Etsy shop later this week, but for now, I have a few (old) patterns to share. Last year (and again this year), I was invited to be 1 of 2 designers involved in the Knitting Boutique's Luxury Fiber Club. 2014 was a year of accessories all knit in different luxury fibers in winter whites. 2015 is all tops, shells, shrugs and shawls knit in new fibers! 2 of the 3 patterns designed for last year are now available to non-club members, and I'm happy to bring the Clara Shawl and the Magnolia Cowl out of hibernation for you all. The Cameron Street Hat & Wristers will be available in April.
The Clara Shawl is a top-down, center back start shawl with an interesting lace panel with wrapped stitches marching down the center. The border is a meshy lace and the pattern is both written and charted out. Coming in just shy of 400 yards means you can easily make this a one hank project.
The Magnolia Cowl is a pattern chock full of techniques! Lace, wrapped stitches, back loop knitting, bobbles and faux cables make this knit-in-the-round cowl an exciting knit! Coming in at only 360 yards, this would be an ideal project for those hanks of sock yarn you have hanging around. This pattern is also written out and charted.
Now for the fun part! Two lucky readers will win BOTH patterns! Simply leave a comment in the comments section about which pattern you like better and why, and you're automatically entered in to win both patterns. Two winners will be chosen at random on Thursday and the contest is open to readers worldwide.