Featured Pattern: Stray Cat shawl
Designer, Kristina Vilimaite of Animaknits, has recently released another beautiful shawl, Stray Cat. We are already big fans of Kristian here at Polkadotsheep. Several of her shawls are shown in the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe as samples and they never fail to receive ohhs and ahhs from new customers. The feedback from customers who have used her patterns is also excellent with compliments on her clear instructions.
Stray Cat is a bit of a departure from Kristina’s other shawls with its stripes. But other elements of her previous patterns remain the same such as Kristina’s inclusion of multiple weights of yarn and sizes.
Kristina has written the pattern for either lace or fingering weight yarn. The shawl shown in the pattern photos is a medium size knit with a lace weight merino and a lace kid mohair & silk blend yarn. The sizes range from a small (a kerchief/shawlette) with a wingspan of 44″ to X-Large with a wingspan of 79″. In the small size, this shawl would also be perfect for a child to wear. With spring and Easter coming, wouldn’t a little shawl be a lovely gift for your little princess?
If you would like your shawl to look like Kristina’s original, I recommend Malabrigo Lace and Schulana Kid Seta. With 16 colors of Malabrigo Lace and 19 colors of the Kid Seta, there must be color pair to suit anyone’s tastes. You can make this shawl for less than $30 including pattern using these yarns. One skein of each yarn will be sufficient to make the small or medium (pictured in photos above).
Striping breaks up variegated yarns beautifully. Try pairing a variegated Malabrigo Sock with a semi solid Malabrigo Lace. Conversely you could pair Mountain Colors Winter Lace with a semi solid Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock.
My last suggestion is definitely a color pairing that I would not normally think to do. However, I was inspired by a picture that came through my twitter feed of a cowl using these colors. It was cheerful yet classic. Plus the sheen of the Sincere Sheep Agleam paired with a halo of the Kid Seta will be eye-catching in the best sort of way. If you make Stray Cat in this color and yarn pairing, be prepared for complete strangers to remark on your handknit and maybe want to touch it.
You will need a 32″ or longer cable circular needle to knit the Stray Cat in the needle size to obtain gauge (4.5 stitchs & 6 rows per inch).
So get your copy of Stray Cat Shawl and your favorite yarn pairing to make your own shawl.
All our lace weight yarns can be found here.
All our fingering weight / sock yarns can be found here.