Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stunning shawl patterns for the ages

German knitter, Ute Nawratil, has recently designed two shawl patterns whose FO's are certain to be cherished as works of art. One, she says is quite easy, knit with flowers and the butterfly stitch; the other, a mass of colorful triangles, designed specifically for short gradient yarns like Schoppel-woole Zauberball sock yarn. She's used about three balls of yarn to create her "Linientreu," knitting from the top-down, using short rows, no sewing up needed.

Stunning, to say the least, the finished shawl pictured here is by Wollbine on Ravelry.

The 'Linientreu' shawl knitting pattern is available here for €5.50 or about $6.00 or £4, written in English, German, French, and Italian. Ute also suggest Lang Yarns Mille Colori Baby or any other fingering or sock yarn with short gradients. The pattern is worked on a US 5 (3.75mm) needle.
"‘Linientreu’ (‘In Line’) is a semicircular shawl, alternating equilateral triangles and simple garter stitch rows. The triangle modules are joined by knitting (no sewing necessary!) The right triangles at the border edge result from short rows."

The other shawl pattern, knitting with dk yarn on US 8 (5mm), that caught my eye and the simpler one is:
"‘Schmetterlingsnetz’ (‘butterfly net’) is a symmetric triangular shawl. Knitting starts at the top center. The net pattern is interrupted by rows of butterflies. The border combines butterflies, slipped stitches and two flower patterns."
A nice shawl for summer evenings, Ute says: quick and easy and only two rows of each flower where the stitches get a little tricky. The butterfly stitch is a favorite of knitnscribble's and only a matter of slipping five stitches, then knitting or purling through the slipped strands to create the butterfly stitch.

Schmetterlingsnetz or 'butterfly net' shawl knitting pattern is available here for €5 or about $5.50 or less than £4. The pattern is written in English and/or German.

Bravo, Ute! you'll find her blogging about what's on her needles here.

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