May 20, 2013 in Elsebeth Lavold
Have I told you about my Asparagus Shawl? I think I’ve only mentioned it in passing.
I started it in April and have found it to be good TV and travel knitting since it is mainly garter stitch.
The book includes two different sizes, one using 3 skeins and the other using 5 skeins.
I’m making this smaller version.
Doesn’t the larger version look cozy?
What you can’t really tell from the pictures is that this is a shaped shawl. It starts from the bottom like your average triangular shawl, but there is neck shaping with the two side continuing in a decreasing fashion.
I think this will make it very easy to wear since the shaping will help it stay put!
The name comes from the motif that runs up the sides and is meant to resemble asparagus tips.
Elsbeth says she designed the shawl when trying to add interest to a plain garter stitch shawl:
I discovered that the edging, my own invention, was both fun and satisfying to knit, and that’s really the essence of any craft, isn’t it—to arrive at an attractive and useable end result and at the same time get a lot of joy from the process itself.
In my opinion, she hit the nail on the head with this pattern. I can cruise along and just glance down for the motif.
I’m getting close to dividing for the two sides. I’m thinking I might have to knit them at the same time so when I’m finished I can start wearing my shawl right away!
The Garden Delight Collection
The theme of the book is “A collection of designs inspired by plant life and gardening, an activity that, just like knitting, gains pleasure from both the process and the end result.”
The first pattern designed for the book is Carota, which was inspired by purple carrots! I don’t think I’ve seen a purple carrot in person, but there is a picture of some in the book and the sweater design does indeed echo the vegetable.
Of course, if the purple and orange combination are a little too brave for you, Silky Wool is available in plenty of other colors for you to select a pleasing combination.
LinSilk is a new 50% Linen 30% Viscose 20% Silk blend with approximately 220 yards per 100g hank. The suggested gauge is 4.5 sts to 5 sts per inch. It is available in 12 colors.
Elsbeth says she quickly fell in love with the LinSilk samples when she was considering adding it to the Designer Choice line. She says it is great for garments in temperate zones and soft enough for garments for babies.
Add to the softness, sheen and a lovely drape the fact that is has an elasticity that makes it very agreeable to knit with, and you have the basic components behind my choice of this new favorite.
The Calamint pattern has a sweater, bonnet, and slipper set for babies ranging from 0 to 24 months old.
The sweater also has sizes for children 4 to 10 years old. That’s a lot of flexibility! If you have sisters who still think it’s fun to match you’ll be all set.
For the big girls, consider the Woodruff sweater.
I like the wide neckline and the pretty lace collar on this one. The all over “flower” stitch will make this an interesting knit. Basic crochet skills are needed to work the edging.
There is one project for the man in your life in this collection. Fava (like the bean) is sized from S (43 1/4″ chest) to XL (50 3/4″ chest).
Ribbing combines with an interesting cable to create the texture on this attractive pullover. A modified drop shoulder reduces bulk under the arms.
If you don’t knit men sweaters, there are suggestions in the book for modifying the sleeves to fit a woman.
Patch is a pretty T-Shirt style top knit using Hempathy. It is sized from XS (32 1/4″) to XXL (49 3/4″).
This top looks cool and breezy for when the summer weather arrives in earnest. For a daring look you can wear a contrasting color camisole underneath or be more subtle with a coordinating color. With 35 colors available, it should be easy to match your wardrobe.
I’ve already added Allium to my Raverly queue. I like the combination of the lace at the shoulders and the peplum skirt.
This looks like a top that will be fun and challenging to knit as well as fun to wear. People will know you didn’t get this great top in a store!
Allium (which is the Latin name for Garlic) is sized from XS (28 1/4″) to L (34″) chest and is meant to be worn with 2 to 4 inches of negative ease.
These are just a few of the great patterns in The Garden Delight Collection. You can see the others here.
Hempathy in Magazines
Because I’m easily distracted, I thought I’d also point out that Hempathy recently appeared in two magazines!
The Ladder Tank by Nancy Eiseman is in the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Knits magazine.
It takes 4 to 7 skeins of Hempathy, depending on which size you make. It is knit in one piece to the arm holes, which will save on finishing time.
This very pretty twin set is in “Easy, Everyday Openwork & Lace” from Creative Knitting Magazine.
I think this set is pretty and sophisticated. Together they’d be great for the office, while the tank alone will be a fun addition to the summer wardrobe.
What do you think? Would you add more veggies to your life by knitting from The Garden Delight Collection?