Friends Shawl


This is Friends Shawl or, as my paper pattern calls it, Friends Shawlette. It’s a Joan Sheridan pattern published by Heritage Fiber Publications. If you click on the link you’ll land on a page of thumbnails. Look for one, six rows down and three thumbnails to the right. The sedate wine-colored beauty that looks nothing like mine.

One especially nice feature of the shawl is that it stays put on the shoulders. I added three repeats of the modified feather and fan sections, to increase the length. The shawl is basically a circle with an opening. I had some blocking troubles. Mine did not want to block with a straight edge, so I ended up angling it. I’m satisfied with it, but I may try again to block it straight. It’s a comfy, not overly warm shawl.

This is how it looked skeined up, pre-knit:


This is Stonehedge Fiber Mills Crazy f/k/a Crazy Mill Ends. It’s a DK weight mix of llama, wool and alpaca. Very lightweight and great fun to knit with. I just let all the colors land where they landed.





This is Knubbelchen, the brainchild/needlechild of a designer known on Ravelry only as Pezi888 of Erding, Bayern, in Germany.  The pattern is free on Ravelry (but you will need to join the site–as if every knitter hasn’t already). It’s available in German, Dutch and English. The English translation is excellent–no errors at all in the boy version. The pattern includes a girl version, with a knitted-on skirt. I haven’t tried that yet, but I intend to. The only translation oddity is that after the pattern says to hold stitches on waste yarn, you are later told to “unhold” them. Totally clear, just an atypical way of explaining that you are supposed to remove the stitches from the waste yarn to begin knitting with them again.

What is extra nice about this simple pattern is that, when you finish the knitting, there is almost no sewing up. You stuff the head (and only the head), close up the the top of the head, stitch through the neck to draw it in a tad, stitch on the hat–and you’re done. Of course, you can stitch on a face if you like. But I like the simple look of no features, especially for a young child. Later, you and the child can decide what the face should look like.

My Knubblechen is knitted in sportweight Blackberry Ridge wool left over from my Stained-Glass Window Mesi Hat. The pattern calls for sockweight. That would be excellent as well. This is a great way to use up small amounts of yarn–in any weight you decide will work.


Mac the cowl


This is Mac, by Susan Mills. It is a Classic Elite pattern contained in the company’s booklet #9151, “Harvest.” The seed stitch can get a bit tedious. But it makes a wonderful mindless knit for times when you need one. The star of the cowl is that great fringe. I won’t spill any copyrighted beans about how it’s made, and you can probably figure it out just be studying the photo, but it’s super easy. You knit the cowl on straight needles, twist the work to form a mobius, and then seam the cast-on to the bind-off.

I used the yarn called for in the pattern: Classic Elite’s Chesapeake. It’s a 50% merino, 50% organic cotton worsted weight. The colorway is 5986, golden brown. Apparently, it’s a discontinued colorway, because it’s not showing on the company’s website. Chesapeake feels great against the skin.

If you knit this up, be sure to hide the joins in the fringe. Seed stitch and yarn with this much cotton content are very unforgiving and my first join, mid-row, stood out most unpleasantly.