This shawl has been created in honour of Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900). He was an Irish playwright, author and poet. He spent much of his days enjoying life to its fullest and sharing clever witticisms with everyone. He absolutely LOVED interesting names and “Speranza” is just that. It was also his mother’s pen name when she wrote fairy tales. (Besides, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde would be too long for a shawl name). If I could have lived in the Victorian Era, Oscar and I would be great friends, drinking absinthe (or Darjeeling tea), going on adventures and enjoying interesting company.
I wanted this shawl to reflect a similar style that the Victorians would wear, while also keeping it an accessory that would be fit for a well-dressed person regardless of gender. The stitch pattern creates O’s & W’s and is a simple repeat that also looks like books stacked on shelves.
“The mark of all good art is not that the thing done is done exactly or finely, for machinery may do as much, but that it is worked out with the head and the workman's heart.”
- Oscar Wilde
10 X 10 cm / 4 X 4 inch =18 stitches X 10 rows in dc (stitches unblocked)
Before Blocking: 32” X 27” X 23” (81 cm X 69 cm X 58 cm) (a, b, c)
After Blocking: 45” X 39” X 30” (114 cm X 99 cm X 76 cm) (a, b, c)
Abbreviations ~US Terms
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Puff – puff stitch (see special stitches below)
Sc – single crochet
Sk – skip stitch
St(s) – Stitch (es)
Yo – yarn over
Special stitches used:
Puff Stitch – YO, insert hook into indicated stitch. YO, pull up loop. (YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO, pull up loop) 2 times. YO, pull through 6 loops on hook, YO, pull through last 2 loops on hook
I have just released a new shawl pattern on Ravelry called Windswept. It is a 2 colour asymmetric shawl with sections of lace and garter stripes. The yarn I used for this pattern was dyed by Ally of Dye for Ewe.
The prairies are well known for their winds. Between the Rocky Mountains, lakes, valleys and lack of trees in some areas, the winds have a mind of their own. Sometimes these winds are welcome to cool a hot summer day and other times they can be a big burden (chinook headaches), or cause destruction. I wanted to create a shawl with alternating sections of lace and garter stitch representing different winds across a landscape. I hope these winds carry you along and you enjoy knitting this shawl.
This shawl was designed for The Naked Sheep Yarn & Fibre Emporium’s Spring Retreat. The yarns dyed by Ally of Dye for Ewe are special colourways specifically dyed for this event.
This design has charts as well as written instructions
Using size 7 US (4.5mm) needles; 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette = 4” (10cm)
- Before Blocking: 23” X 28” X 37” (58 cm X 71 cm X 94cm) - After Blocking: 34.5” X 55” X 57” (88 cm X 140 cm X 145cm)Materials
-465 yards of fingering weight yarn in 2 colours
Samples knit in yarns below:
Dye for Ewe – Snug 465 yards (425.2 m) 115g 80% Merino 20% Nylon Colour A: Spring Showers Colour B: Blossom Olive Park Yarn - SW Merino Sock Weight 420 yards (384 m) 115g 80% Merino 20% Nylon Colour A: Box of Chocolate The Wacky Windmill – BFL Sock 400 yards (366 m) 100g 80% BFL, 20% Nylon Colour B: Kiss This
c2b – slip 2 stitches to a cable needle and hold in back of work, knit 2, knit 2 from the cable needle
c2f – slip 2 stitches to a cable needle and hold in front of work, knit 2, knit 2 from the cable needle
cdd – (centre double decrease) slip 2 stitches knitwise together, knit the next stitch, pass the slipped stitches over the stitch just knit.
k – knit
k2tog – knit 2 stitches together as if they were one
k3tog – knit 3 stitches together as if they were one
kfb – knit into the front and back of the stitch ktbl – knit through the back loop of the stitch
p – purl
p2tog – purl 2 stitches together as if they were one
p3tog – purl 3 stitches together as if they were one
rs – right side
skp – slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch
sk2p – slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitches
ws – wrong side
yo – yarn over
I found an old crochet hat pattern I wrote to teach crochet classes about 11 years ago. Jeremy aptly named it Hatkuna Matata. I have just uploaded it to Ravelry, and also to my crochet patterns page.
If you would like to use it to teach someone how to crochet please do!
- Super bulky yarn (90 Yards) SMC Bravo
blp – back loop only ch - chain
dc – double crochet flp – front loop only
hdc – half double crochet rnd – round(s)
sc – single crochet sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch(s)
Hakuna Matata ~ it means “no worries”, a great philosophy, and a good basis for this hat. Easy to create and even easier to wear, and you will look good too! This hat can be made for men, women or children by adding or omitting extra repeats of round 5 in the crown. Embellish it as you like with big buttons, flowers or leave it simple.
It is literally faster to crochet this hat than it would be to go to the store and buy one. Take that Walmart!
I have been designing a new shawl pattern called Windswept for The Naked Sheep's Spring Retreat coming up at the end of April. It is a 2 colour asymmetric shawl with garter and lace sections. It has been tech edited and is currently being tested.
I changed the first lace section and added a few other differences. I am happy with the border as I made it up to work with my stitch count.
I am excited to show you the real deal when I finish as the yarn is 2 special colourway done up by the genius that is Ally of DyeforEwe. I can't wait for the reveal. Be on the look out for this design to get released at the end of April or early May.