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Damask Shawl


Damask Shawl by Kitman Figueroa

I’ve been on quite the shawl kick lately.  Strange, too, because forever I didn’t wear them.  I knit them because I love the construction, the magic of blocking lace, and of course, sock yarn.  I probably knit 6 or 7 of them, donating them to prayer shawl ministries before I figured out that I indeed liked to wear them.  All it took was a  shawl pin to change my attitude!  Without a pin I was always fiddling with the shawl – tugging it this way and that – but once I secured the shawl in place with a pin, problem solved.  Now, I can’t imagine not having a shelf of shawls in my wardrobe!

My newest favorite shawl pattern is a design called Damask by Kitman Figueroa.  Hugely popular on Ravelry, Damask has a project gallery of over 650 shawls, telling us that the pattern is a clever is the design is beautiful.  I highly recommend this pattern for experienced knitters or intermediate knitters looking for a new challenge.  Just have your highlighter tape and chart keeper and you’ll be a happy knitter.

 The instructions are charted and written in three sizes for personal preference, and for yarn, may I suggest either Madelinetosh Sock or Malabrigo Sock in any semi-solid colorway.  You’ll need 1-2 skeins depending on your size, and a US 6 needle.

Damask Shawl pattern is available as an instant download.  Purchase the pattern and you’ll be ready to knit moments after checkout!

If you’ve never knit a shawl before, we have a Late Hours Shawl class coming up on Sunday March 18th from 1:00 – 4:00.  Late Hours is a great pattern for anyone new to lace and shawls.  Sign up now as class size is limited.



February 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm 2 comments

Featured Project: VAmom’s (Half) Arroway

VAmom's (Half) Arroway

This beautiful shawl was made by a Polka Dot Sheep customer, VAmom (Ravelry name). The designer is Stephen West, who is known for his unusual shawl shapes, graphic designs and stripes.

VAmom used Madelinetosh Sock in coral and Dream in Color Everlasting Sock in Basalt. She did make a few little modifications to the original pattern, details on her Ravelry project page.

Stephen West’s shawl patterns are ideal for hand dyed yarns. Many feature stripes or blocks of color that allow the hand dyed yarns to really shine. Choosing colors that contrasting often look the best and certainly add to the drama of the design.  Most designs are for fingering weight yarn.

Remember with shawls and scarves you can change the yarn and needle size and you won’t end up with a garment that totally doesn’t fit. It will simply be bigger or smaller than the original. Many of Stephen’s designs can easily be done in a lace (smaller), sport (bigger) or DK (little bigger than sport) weight yarn. You will want to swatch to see what needle size to use and what your fabric will be, the gauge can also tell you something about the final size. My point is don’t be afraid to try substitution of yarn weights and gauges for this type of project.

This particular pattern is not available at the moment to everyone as it is club exclusive. However, I encourage you to take a look at his patterns over on Ravelry or his personal site, westknits.

Thank you very much to VAmom for allowing us to feature her beautiful finished project. All pictures were used with her permission.

One last look….

Remember, we love to see our customers’ projects made with the yarn they purchased from the PolkaDotSheep. Share them in our Ravelry group, bring them into the shoppe if you are in Whitefish, or tell us about them via e-mail through the PolkaDotSheep address (found in the about us section). We might feature them here on the blog.

Have you joined the shawl craze? I sure have as I have three very different shawls on the needles right now.

~Angela M.

February 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm 1 comment

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