Appalachian Yarn Company KAL…

Hello everyone.

Back last November, I was asked by Brenda at the Appalachian Yarn Company if she could use my Back Porch Shawl pattern for her stores next beginner “Knit-A-Long”.

I, of course, was thrilled and told her “sure”!

Today, Brenda sent me pictures of one of the completed shawls done by Nancy, who lead the Knit-A-Long.  She chose to knit with Alpaca and Merino wool.

Isn’t this absolutely stunning?? ❤ I just LOVE the colours she chose!

nancy's finished shawl

nancy's finished shawl back

Thank you Brenda for sharing these photos.  I can’t wait to see the other completed projects!

Diana

Did you know???

Did you know my “Back Porch Shawl” pattern was the NUMBER 1 free pattern over at loveknitting.com for 2018??

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I can’t believe it!! Thank you to everyone who made it possible.  The pattern has been downloaded 23,694 times to date!! WOWZERS!!!

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, click here to get your copy!!

Thank you again everyone!

Happy knitting!

Diana

Main Street Yarns…

Good afternoon!

One of the many things I love about being a designer over at loveknitting.com is, every once in a while, I get to try out new yarns!

These samples of Main Street Yarns “Shiny & Soft” just arrived last week in the mail.

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It’s seriously some of the softest yarn I’ve ever felt!! It’s just lovely!

I was generously sent 3 balls of yarn (at a whopping 365 yards per ball!), so I’ve decided to make myself a second Back Porch Shawl. 🙂

In my last post, I mentioned I wanted to make another one, but a little longer, and I’ll have enough of the Main Street yarn to do just that.

And because I’ve had such a great response to my original Back Porch Shawl (thank you so very much 😀 ), I will be creating a PDF pattern for the Back Porch Shawl that will be available for FREE!

So off I go to get this shawl finished and the pattern written!

Happy knitting!

Diana

Back Porch Shawl…

Hello everyone!

I’ve been working on finishing up a shawl for myself before I get started on my pattern for Paintbox Yarns.

We have a lovely back porch at our house and my husband and I are out there all the time having our morning coffee on the weekends (except in the Winter of course!) and in the Spring and Fall it sometimes gets a little chilly!  So I thought, what would be better than having a shawl to  wrap myself up with while enjoying my coffee! 😀

I’ve always wanted to make myself a shawl but most of the patterns I found I thought to be too difficult.  Finally after a considerable amount of browsing, I found some super easy instructions, modified them a bit and came up with this!

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I still have one more ball of yarn to go and I should be done.

If you would like to make one for yourself, here’s what you’ll need to know:

You will need approx. 850 yards of Aran (4) weight yarn

US size 8 circular needles (36″ min.)

Cast on 3 stitches

Row 1: Knit, Knit, Yarn over, Knit (the yarn over creates a new stitch)

Row 2: Knit, Knit, Knit, Yarn over, Knit

Knitting every row creates the Garter Stitch.

Continue with knitting every stitch, yarn over before the last stitch, knit the last stitch. Do this for all the rows.

Click here for a video on the Yarn over if you are not familiar with how it’s done.

In the video she does her yarn overs in the middle of her piece.  For the shawl, the yarn overs are only done once per row just before the last stitch.  Also, in the video she purls the stitches once she turns her work – you’ll be knitting all your stitches.

Here’s how your edges will look.

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Well, off to get this shawl finished!

If you give it a try, please share a photo over on my Facebook page.  I would LOVE to see your work!

Happy knitting!

Diana