Today I would like to introduce my third Playground Shawl, Red Rover, and to share with you its "spark" which is a term that I like to use to refer to the origins of any of my designs.
If you read my last two posts (here and here), you know that the first two shawls in my newly released ebook, "Playground Shawls", were designed and sample-knit in June and July 2013. I had the goal to design the third one in August 2013, but I fell short on this. Perhaps I should explain by telling you that the third shawl was going to be named "Hopscotch". Perhaps I should tell you that I wanted to have a band of colorwork in the border. Perhaps I should show you all of the many failed swatches. (Perhaps I might remind you that all of the signs of every summer's ending make me very sad.) Instead, I think I will just say that "Playground Shawls" fell into a dark period at the end of last summer.
It was bound to happen. The others went so well... it was kind of too much to expect a third one so soon. "Hopscotch" was not meant to be, at least not as a part of this collection.
The yarn that I bought at Gosh Yarn It! in August was Meadow by the Fibre Company.
I created a project page on Ravelry with this "August Camp" image.
Meadow is a lovely yarn, a sweet and light blend of merino, llama, silk and linen. I am not sure when I finished knitting the body of the shawl, a true triangle, which began with a two-row garter stitch stripe. I was swatching a lot of garter stitch borders last fall (as in Paper Lanterns). The border I eventually used is from Barbara G Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns and called "Narrow Dice Edging". I had to work it in opposite directions on each side of the shawl and then create a center point to join them.
The eventual name for shawl number three was "Red Rover". I like to think of the two rows of triangular scallops as the two (equal) lines of players holding hands, and I love the red/pokeweed color. The "spark" was the yarn... was the garter stitch... was the color... but it was altogether... enough. (It pleases me that in my computer files, these shawls have such compatible nicknames: DD, CC and RR.)
My friends at Gosh Yarn It! often asked me how "my shawl patterns" were coming, but I had nothing to show them for several months. A new test knitter emerged from those doing the asking, and she knit two versions of Red Rover after I finished mine in March. I needed a new tech editor as well. Then came this stage where I felt pressed to have the formatting be similar from shawl to shawl, and the photo editing and selection had to be the best that I could do, because my photos are most definitely not all equal. But now these patterns are "all done", and I am looking forward to seeing what others will make to "wear to the playground".
Playground Shawls: Cat’s Cradle, Double Dutch, Red Rover (in fingering weight and lace-weight yarns).
"Red Rover" is my third and final Playground Shawl. Please come to the playground with me!
Thanks for reading!
"Playground Shawls" is my first ebook collection on Ravelry. It is currently available for a purchase price of $11. The three shawl patterns included in the ebook are also available for individual purchase at $5 each.
Much thanks to my Red Rover team.
Tech Editing: Terese Chynoweth
Test Knitting: Bonnie B
Stylist/Model: Ali Dervin
Photo/Styling Assistant: Mallory Kern