Friday, 5 February 2021

I'm really delighted to tell you that my Cholla Shawl knitting pattern is now available to purchase from Walcot Yarns. This means that my design is on sale alongside the gorgeous Opus yarn in which I designed the pattern! There are many beautiful shades available, including Goldenrod. I love this shade and the shawl that I am wearing in the photo is knitted in this colourway.

During #iknit7 last year, I was really excited to purchase 2 skeins of a limited edition Opus yarn created by Townhouse Yarns. As soon as I saw this colourway I knew it would be perfect for a new Cholla shawl! I am making great progress with this new version - only a few more repeats to go! Thanks to my daughter Maxine for taking these great work-in-progress pictures.

The Cholla Shawl is inspired by the desert landscape and cholla cacti in the state of Arizona, USA. It is constructed using two-stitch cables and a combination of single and double yarn-overs worked on stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch backgrounds. At the same time, the shawl gradually widens with increases worked on every right-side row, creating a right-angled triangle shape. The pattern was originally published in Knitting magazine issue 196.

You can currently buy the lovely Walcott Yarns Opus yarn direct from Walcott Yarns, along with a hard copy of the pattern. The Cholla Shawl requires 2 skeins of Opus. I’ll also be adding a digital version of the pattern to Ravelry and Payhip in the next few days.

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