Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Industrial Revolution

I had a secret this summer, a secret project that I can exuberantly share with you at long last! It's a circular shawl, designed to look like a fanciful, fantastical, brass gear.


The pattern -- "Industrial Revolution" -- is part of The Sanguine Gryphon's brilliant Steampunk pattern line for Fall 2010. It's knit in her Sappho II yarn in "Gold Crowned Aphrodite," which is a gorgeously soft fingering-weight merino yarn in a deep, brassy color.

My favorite way to wear the shawl is slightly folded, wrapped around my shoulders, and fastened with a vintage kilt pin.



You can also fold it in half and wear it draped over your shoulders ....



or as more of a shrug, with the ends secured in back (I was able to tie it in back, but you could also secure it with a length of ribbon or that kilt pin again) ...



Doesn't it positively glow in the sun?

In terms of construction, it's cast on at the center and increased like a pi-shawl, with a variety of simple lace and bobble stitches. The turreted garter stitch edging is knit around the edge of the shawl at the end (the garter stitch makes it a good introduction to knitted-on edgings, I think).

You can get the pattern, which has both charted and written-out directions, from The Sanguine Gryphon. And even if you're not interested in this particular pattern, you should check out their Steampunk line -- the cool styling and photography definitely makes it worth a visit.

11 comments:

Lindsey said...

Very clever and very pretty!

lexa said...

Gorgeous! Love that color. :)

Hawthorn said...

You are correct about that glow - beautiful beautiful work. The colours of your shawl are echoed and complimented by the colours around you - I stand in awe of your work x

Acorn to Oak said...

The design of this one is very unique. I really like it. Great color too!

Hawthorn said...

Hi,
seeing you regularly bring a bit of sunshine to my life, I have awarded you a deserving ’sunshine award’ please see today’s post hope it brings a smile to your day
x

Rachel said...

Wow--it's stunning H! Probably one of the more unique circular shawl designs I've seen...and I love it!

Anonymous said...

SO beauitful!!!!! Miss you lady :) Terri

weaverknits said...

What a FABULOUS pattern... this is such a cool mix of geometric and funky and traditional. Really a standout in an overpopulated land of shawlettes.

Kathy said...

Just amazing. Love it open and the way you wear it too!

Turtle said...

as always lovely!

jesusheart said...

Ah, my dear! It seems I have stumbled upon this website and found that it is utterly delightful. You clearly have a gift and passion for knitting exquisite garments and projects, for capturing and experiencing nature -- whether that is through writing, photography, knitting, hiking... it is simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing your gifts and joys with this friendly cyber-stranger! I encourage you to keep pursuing these joys and sharing it with others in any way you can, for when we relieve and give it all back, we get more than we could ever ask for.
Blessings and happy knitting!

Ps. I am SO trying that delicious acorn pancake recipe -- that's how I found your site. :)