Top knitwear designer Kate Atherley once challenged me to buy the loudest skein of yarn and make it into something (this was back in 2015 at a knitting retreat in Manchester)! Now, I LOVE a challenge and I may be a tad on the competitive side … so I didn’t just knit something with the loudest skein (which of course was from Countess Ablaze), I designed a shawl and published the pattern. Cherry Stone was my first self published design and I’m delighted that it’s come in at number 8 in my top 10 pattern countdown.
I know that you probably have a similarly wild or maybe a couple of particularly gorgeous single-skeins in your stash so like Kate Atherley, I’m challenging you to free one of those skeins by knitting it up into a Cherry Stone Shawl!
As well as being great for those precious single-skeins, the other neat thing about this shawl is that when you’re finished you have very few ends to weave in. The clever ‘picot-on-the-go’ edging that’s worked at the beginning of every right-side row, means that both yarns are carried-up the side of the shawl, even in-between the wider stripes. You can find a handy video tutorial for this technique in the Tutorials section of my website – click here to head over there.
Anyway, a lot of my lovely Knit Night friends have knitted a Cherry Stone Shawl. They’ll happily tell you that out of all my designs, Cherry Stone is a well-worn favourite of theirs … and just to clarify: that between them, being the lovely knitterly friends that they are, they’ve knitted a lot of my patterns!
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