Sunday, October 8, 2017

Lace and Tucks and Short Rows!

Say hello to the newest member of the Rodeo Knits pattern family: Venable Shawl!

I'm unashamed and unabashed about my current love affair with tuck stitches. Coincidentally, the knitting world seems currently to be having a massive love affair with brioche knitting, which I consider a cousin of tuck stitches.

Brioche is a stitch that can be worked either with yarn over stitches or working into the stitch below. Each forms a fabric that is practically the same as the other, but can present different difficulties for the knitter and designer. I've used both and probably prefer the method with yarn over stitches; I find it's faster for me because you're really skipping every other stitch.

Tuck stitches can also be worked the same as brioche but are generally worked either over multiple stitches or multiple rows. Venable Shawl uses tuck stitches that carry over seven(!) rows so the yarn over method is vastly easier than counting down and knitting into the stitch seven rows below -- that would drive me bonkers.

I really wanted a yarn that shows off the tuck stitches and I think the yarn I used for my Venable Shawl accomplishes that perfectly. I used Queensland Collection Oxley, a 50/50 blend of wool and yak -- YAK! -- that is smooth and strong and soft and practically flows off your needles. It blocks out well and holds stitch definition, showing off all of your hard work.

Venable Shawl also uses short rows and combines them with a strong lace stitch. If you don't like short rows, or just really prefer the main lace pattern, I think just continuing the lace stitch would be amazing -- a rectangular shawl with a beautiful and bold lace.

I can't wait to see all the gorgeous versions of Venable Shawl you'll knit and the yarns you'll choose. My test knitters have already given me so many great ideas for other yarns I want to try, including a really gorgeous version in a purple to pink gradient.

To kick off Autumn 2017, Venable Shawl will be 50% off for the rest of October (2017, for you future readers), no coupon code required! It is also be available on Loveknitting.com.

Happy knitting!