I’m eagerly waiting for my contributer’s copy of Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps & Scarves: 20 Ideas * 3 Ways to arrive. I’ve seen a bit of buzz about it on the internet and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. In the meantime, I’ve been looking at the promotional spread (see below) and listening to an interview with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite about the book.
The premise of the book is to present three variations for each design. It could be a recurring motif or stitch pattern in a shawl, cowl and stole, for instance. Or it could be variations on a stitch pattern in three very different weights of yarn from lacy to bulky, such as my contribution to the book.
My scarves are entitled Shades of Gray and I used Classic Elite’s Mountaintop alpaca yarns for all three in varying natural shades: Blackthorn (bulky), Vail (fingering) and Vista (dk).
It was lovely knitting with the alpaca. I only wish I could have kept them for their soft, cozy warmth around my neck this winter!
I had fun playing the with fern stitch pattern when designing these scarves. The medium grey scarf uses the full stitch pattern. The lacy one uses 1 1/2 repeats and looks like fish swimming back and forth like an Escher tessellated design. The bulky one uses only 1/2 of the repeat for chunky triangular motifs.
While the stitch pattern is not identical on the front and back, the other side is also attractive. I see that the bulky one is photographed in the book with the reverse side showing.
Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps and Scarves: 20 Ideas * 3 Ways
Editor: Classic Elite
Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books
60 projects by 17 different designers.
Shades of Gray by Holli Yeoh from Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps & Scarves, published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Jack Deutsch and text copyright © 2012 by Sixth&Spring Books. Photographs used by permission.