The Hamamelis or witch-hazel is one of the earliest shrubs to bloom in the spring. In my New Jersey garden this hardy plant will send out its fringe-like flowers as early as late February. These hopeful little flowers bring a smile to my face each year and remind me that despite bitter winds and snow, spring will be on its way.
(Do you think Sofie might be feeling those bitter winds just a bit in the photo below. What a trooper she is to put up with her mother's constant demands for a model.)
The clean lines of the Hamamelis Shawl will easily take us from late winter into spring. Worked in a leaf pattern on a background of garter stitch, Hamameils knits up quickly and showcases beautiful yarns like Hazel Knits Artisan Sock.
Hamamelis is worked from the top center out by increasing until you reach the bottom edge. The pattern has both charts and written instructions. The photos all show the medium size which took all but about 10 yards of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock on my brown shawl. Cristi said that she ran out of the Sanguine Gryphon Bugga Sock yarn just shy of the last few rows, but due to the nature of the border, she simply bound off and the shawl looks great as is.
Hamamelis Shawl (on Ravelry)
Sizes: S, M, L
Measurements: Approx 20 (25, 30)” from top edge to point, 44(54, 64)” across top, blocked
Gauge: 16 sts & 38 rows = 4”(10cm) in garter stitch, blocked
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock, 90% Superwash Merino, 10% Nylon, 400 yds/366m per 4.23 oz/120g skein. Colorway: Equinox, 1 (1, 2) skein (note: for the medium sized sample shawl all but about 10 yards of the yarn were used. It may be helpful to have a second skein or a contrast color available in case you run out. Alternately, due to the nature of the border, the shawl may be bound off earlier with satisfactory results.)
Needles: US 6/4mm 32” circular needle or size to obtain gauge
Other Materials: Crochet Hook, 4 Place Markers, Tapestry Needle, Scrap Yarn
Price $6.00 US