October 28, 2017

New Cathay Williams Shawl Pattern

In a time when U.S. Army regulations forbade the enlistment of women, Cathay Williams enlisted under the name William Cathay on November 15, 1866. She told the recruiting officer that she was a 22-year-old cook. An Army Surgeon examined her and determined she was fit for duty. Cathay Williams then became the first documented black woman to enlist in the Army. She was assigned to the 38th U.S. Infantry and traveled throughout the West with her unit. She was discharged in October 1868 when an Army surgeon found out she was a woman. She is the only known female Buffalo Solider.

The Cathay Williams shawl is a crescent shaped shawl knit flat with sections of mesh and textured slip stitches. It uses two skeins of sock yarn to create a cozy shaped shawl that is perfect for chilly nights. The slipped stitch texture shows off highly variegated yarns. The length of the shawl is adaptable if you would like to adjust the size of your shawl or the amount of yarn used.

Supplies: Approximately 825 yards of fingering weight yarn (sample uses Fresh From the Cauldron Schoodic Sock in the colorway Poe’s Absinthe Induced Dream), US 4 circular needle in a length of 32″ or 40″, 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking pins

Finished Measurements (After Blocking)
32″ wide
44″ height (or depth) including wings

March 18, 2017

Grace Fryer Shawl

Grace Fryer, along with other “Radium Girls,” worked for U.S. Radium applying radium-laced paint to watch dials in the early 20th century. At that time radium was widely believed to have health benefits and U.S. Radium encouraged the Radium Girls to use their lips and tongues to keep their paint brushes fine tipped. Grace was the first of the Radium Girls to bring suit against U.S. Radium after incurring strange medical symptoms and ultimately the legal action paved the way for improvements in industrial and employee safety.

The Grace Fryer Shawl is a semi-circular shawl knit flat with sections of repeating lace patterns. It uses one skein of sock yarn, perfect for that single skein you can’t decide how to use. The stitch patterns are provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your shawl.

Pattern has been test knit and tech edited. The sample is knit out of Copper Centaur Studios Centuar Sock in the colorway Caribbean Sea. Finished measurements are 39.5 inches wide by 21.5 inches deep..

October 30, 2016

Newly Released: Sybil Ludington Shawl

While Paul Revere is most commonly credited with riding to alert militia of approaching British forces, so did the young Sybil Ludington. Her father headed the local militia during the American Revolution. On April 26, 1777, at the age of 16, she left on a forty mile ride to warn her father’s militiamen that British troops were planning to attack Danbury, Connecticut. Her ride lasted from 9p.m. to dawn the next morning and one of her stops was to warn the people of Danbury. While the British troops destroyed several buildings and homes in Danbury, there were few people killed, due in large part to Sybil’s warning.

The Sybil Ludington Shawl is a crescent shaped shawl knit flat with sections of mesh and lace, as well as two cable panels in between. It uses two skeins of sock yarn (approximately 700 yards) to create a cozy crescent shaped shawl that is perfect for chilly nights. The lace and cable patterns are provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your shawl.

Pattern has been test knit and tech edited. The sample is knit out of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 in the colorway Black Cherry. Finished measurements are 35.5 inches wide by 38.5 inches deep, including the size wings.

October 26, 2016

Florence Cathedral Cowl

The Florence Cathedral, also known as Il Duomo di Firenze and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, is a cathedral dating back to 1436. The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and it remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.

The Florence Cathedral Cowl is knit in the round with a repeating lace pattern and beads. It uses one skein of sock yarn, perfect for that single skein you can’t decide how to use. You can wear your cowl double looped as a casual mid-chest cowl or triple looped for a snugly neck warmer. The stitch pattern is provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your cowl.

The stitch pattern is provided in a chart, as well as written out, and consists of increases, decreases and beads added after a stitch is knit. Percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your cowl. The sample is knit using Malabrigo Sock in the colorway Tiziano Red.