Today we have a special guest post from Evelyn, who designed a gorgeous shawl out of Ensemble Glitter Light color 195 silver. Artyarns loves working with independent designers. Please contact us if you are a designer interested in a collaboration!
I had water in mind when I started designing the Ruscella Shawl. I was inspired by the thought of a summer vacation on the beach, walking in the water with a warm breeze sweeping over the ocean, watching the waves leave their ripple marks on the sand. The two border patterns have a wavy look and the name of the pattern is Ruscella, which means a stream or a brook in Italian. Working with the Ensemble Light yarn felt like water flowing through my fingers.
This simple construction makes this shawl a quick knit. The border is worked first, over 29 stitches to begin with (a few increases within the 16 row repeat takes it to 32 stitches at the center of it.) Stitches are then picked up on the side of the shawl to form its body. This pattern comes in 3 sizes and the first 2 can be worked using only one skein of the Ensemble Light Glitter. The smaller size has a few special elements: a hem and an i-cord to tie it and keep it in place. For the larger size, using a skein or two of the Artyarns Beaded Silk Light for the border and switching to the Ensemble Light Glitter for the body would make an absolutely stunning piece.
I’m in love with how beautifully the lace stitches came out in this yarn and how the silver glitter adds a feel of luxury, something very special – a piece to cherish for years to come. I love this bold colorway (color 195) of red and purple blending throughout the rows. This project could also easily be turned into a wedding shawl with in an ivory or white colorway (color 250). The large skein makes it easy to work this project. You will cut the yarn only when you are done with the bind off!
Let this design inspire you and take you to your happy place.
Evelyn is offering a special discount for Artyarns blog readers! Get 10% off on the Ruscella Shawl with coupon code JUNE2014. Valid until June 30th.