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Cladonia Shawl

Thank you for all of your kind birthday wishes and your enthusiastic support of my birthday/bloggiversary sale. The sale ended on Sunday the 24th, the 5th anniversary of Through the Loops. It's hard to believe that it's been 5 years already.

As promised with the teaser photo in my last post, I'm introducing my new pattern Cladoina.

Cladonia Collage
Cladonia is a semicircular shawl pattern worked in stockinette with a delicate lace border. This shawl was born because I am too weak to choose only one color from the outstanding range available in Tosh Merino Light.

For the first iteration of Cladonia I worked the stockinette body in a two color stripe and finished it with a solid border and a contrasting looped edging. The second time around I dug through my stash for a hank of merino/silk fingering weight yarn that I kettle dyed years ago. I've been waiting for the right project for this decadently soft yarn. Drapey neck-wear seemed just the thing. The only challenge will be prying it off of Sofie's neck.

The pattern contains both charted and written instructions for the lace border. It is worked in one piece from the top edge, increasing in size to the bottom looped edging.

You can see lots more photos on my Facebook page, on Ravelry or on Flickr.

Cladonia 11


Size: One Size

Finished Measurements: 52” across top edge, 19” from top edge to bottom at center

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, 100% Superwash Merino, 420 yards/384m per 100 g skein,
MC: Clover, 1 skein (the sample project used 74g)
CC: Grasshopper, 1 skein (the sample project used 50g)

To make the solid version of the shawl you'll need between 530 & 550 yards of fingering weight yarn.

Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 17 sts & 31 rows in stockinette - blocked, always take the time to check gauge

Other Materials: Scrap Yarn, 17 Place Markers (PM), tapestry needle

Price: $6.00 US

Solid Cladona 2
Thank you to my amazing test knitters: Beverly , Karen & Julie

Off to pack now for the Loopy Ewe Spring Fling. I'll be teaching two classes - Triangular Shawl Design and Colorwork. If you're going be sure to say 'hello'.


Birthday / Blogiversary Pattern SALE!!

To celebrate my birthday, 5th blogiversary & to say thank you to my readers for supporting my design efforts, I'm having a sale! Buy two patterns get one free. Go to my Ravelry pattern page to take advantage of this offer: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kirsten-kapur

And just because I hate to post without a photo a little sneak peek at something in the works:

Lichen Shawl 1


Mittens for Spring?

I originally created these stranded mittens for a swap with Ann. I am always awed by Ann's exceptional color work and was more than a bit intimidated to be making a stranded project for her. Her wonderful sense of color and pattern were the inspiration for this design.

Kanagawa Mittens 1
I wrote the pattern for the mittens, but was a little uncertain about when to publish. It is April after all. Does anyone want to knit mittens at this time of year? Several Flickr friends assured me that they like small projects in the warmer months and encouraged me to publish now rather than wait for the fall.

So here they are, the Kanagawa Mittens (ravelry link).

I used 5 colors of Cascade 220 Sport. This yarn is a great choice for colorwork. The selection of colors is extensive and the price is low enough that you won't blow the budget buying a fun range of colors. This would also be a great project for stash diving. I can see these mittens worked in anywhere from 2 to 10 or more colors. (If you make them in 10 or more colors please let me know! I'd love to see them!!)

Kanagawa Mittens 2
Kanagawa Mittens

Sizes: S, M, L - shown in size M

Finished Measurements: 6.75[7.5, 8.25]” around and 8.5[10, 11]” long

Yarn: Cascade 220 Sport, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 164 yds (150m) per 1.75 oz (50g) skein. Approximately 14[16, 18]grams per color.

Color A: White #8505
Color B (dk green): Forest Green #8267
Color C (teal): Como Blue #9420
Color D (lt green): Primavera # 8903
Color E (brown: Cordovan #9408

Needles: one set US 2(2.75mm) DPN’s or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 32 sts & 40 rows = 4” (10 cm) in “wave” pattern (see page 3) - be sure to check gauge

Other Materials: Place markers, Tapestry Needle, Scrap Yarn

Price: $6.00 US

Thank you to Monika and Tori for test knitting!!