Nepal Wrap and Happy New Year

It’s hard to believe that another year has already past.  2010 felt quite different to me as my youngest went to school and after 12 years of having small children at home I had a portion of  each day to myself again.  I’m not sure that I always made the best use of every day though, hopefully next year I’ll spend a little less of each morning website hopping and a little more of it actually designing/writing or perhaps even exercising!

2011 looks like is is going to be an exciting year, fingers crossed this Autumn/Fall my book will be coming out.  All the patterns are done, now comes the hard work of editing, hopefully it’ll go nice and smoothly.  I’m really excited to be able to release the patterns into the wild, it seems like a really long time between knitting and release which is very hard.

One of my new patterns that I can tell you about right now is my Nepal wrap (ravelry link).  A few months ago Rosemary from the Constant Knitter asked if I would design a piece from her yarn. I had bought a sample of Drops Nepal at the Knitting and Stitching show in Dublin and I really liked the feel of it so we went with that yarn. This shawl was a dream to knit, a little bit of interest but very smooth peaceful knitting that you just wanted to pull out and work on!  Once you have mastered the edge stitch this shawl just flows along smoothly and the beauty of working with an aran weight yarn is that it works up very quickly (as well as being really, really cosy when you’re finished).
It is a standard rectangular shawl construction, starting at the back of the neck and working down. To continue the pattern across the top without interruption the top section of the pattern is worked as a ‘tab’ so it looks completely seamless.

My sister Eleanor very kindly modeled the shawl for me on Christmas eve, so we were able to take full advantage of the great light and the remaining snow.

Nepal Wrap $5.95

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This top-down triangular shawl is richly textured and simple to knit. Easily doubling as a scarf, this is great addition to your cold weather wardrobe.

Yarn kindly provided by The Constant Knitter.

SIZE

Pre-blocking:
Width: 52”/132cm.
Depth at central spine: 26”/66cm
After blocking:
Width: 58”/147.5cm.
Depth at central spine: 29”/74cm
GAUGE
15 sts and 22 rows over 4” / 10cm pre-blocked.
12 sts and 22 rows over 4” / 10cm after blocked.

MATERIALS
Drops ‘Nepal’ in Green Olive Mix, 7238; 82yds/75m per 50g
skein; 65% wool, 35% alpaca; 7 skeins. (510yds/465m used)

Size 10 US /6 mm circular needle, 32”/80 cm long or
longer.

3 stitch markers, tapestry needle.

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