Hi everyone! I would like to tell you a little bit about the inspiration for my design, Ewyn, which is a part of the gorgeous Louet North America Fall 2014 collection. The pattern includes directions and charts for a rectangular stole worked in Euroflax Lace, as well as a crescent shawl knitted in GEMS Fingering.
Ewyn (Welsh, meaning ‘surf’) was inspired by the ocean and its white-capped waves rushing to the shore, sparkling and full of energy. I love traditional Estonian lace patterns, especially all of the Lily-of-the-Valley variations. Ewyn’s lace is based on one of these variations; worked sideways, this one reminded me of the ocean waves. I used the traditional nupps to mimic the bubbly texture of the waves for the crescent version, and I added some sparkly beads reminiscent of water droplets to the stole.
The crescent’s lace border is knitted first; stitches are then picked up along the border’s top edge and simple stockinette short rows follow to create the crescent shape. The stole is worked sideways, in one piece, with both edges worked at the same times with the shawl’s body. The sideways constructions makes the stole very easy to customize, simply cast on extra repeats for additional length and work the shawl to the width you prefer.
The bead placement can be also modified; the beads can be added throughout the shawl to all the lace repeats or just to the edge repeats. In the sample stole, I beaded three pattern repeats along each edge. Lastly, the beads can be omitted or replaced with nupps, if desired. Along the same lines, the crescent can be modified as well; the nupps can be replaced with beads or left off altogether.
I love the versatility of the two sizes. I picture the beaded linen stole as a perfect accessory wrapped around the shoulders for an evening out or worn on summer nights just as the air starts to cool down. The GEMS crescent will be great for the transitional weather in spring and fall; it can also provide a shot of bright color tucked into a neckline of a warm coat in winter.
I would love to see your interpretations of Ewyn, and I hope you will share your projects with me on Ravelry. See you there!
You can see all the previous stops in the Louet Blog Tour by clicking on the links below:
Aug 13: Kathy Owens, guest post on the Louet Blog
Aug 15: Laura Patterson, Fiber Dreams
Aug 18: Mari Chiba, Mari Knits
Aug 20: Rohn Strong, Rohn Strong Designs
Aug 25: Ruth Gargia-Alcantud, Rock+Purl
Aug 27: Varian Brandon, Brandon Knitting Designs
September 1: Handmade by Stefanie
Sept 3: Susanna IC, guest post on the Louet Blog
Last but not least, we’d like to announce our lucky winner for our blog giveaway! Sandee8908 is the lucky winner for our Matterhorn Kit Giveaway; we have contacted her via Ravelry to arrange for the delivery of the prize. Thanks to everyone who entered!