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Showing Mindy Wilkes Designs

This new design came about in a convoluted way. The yarn came first. I chose these two colors of Anzula’s new yarn, Gerty, at the summer TNNA trade show in June. The yarn was earmarked for a design to be released during September when Gerty was going to ship to yarn stores. The yarn came home, and it sat on my desk because I didn’t know what to do with it. I could always do a shawl, but I really didn’t want to do a shawl. The pattern name came next. I was struggling to name a new, still unreleased pattern and was bouncing ideas off my sister. She suggested Elakala, which was all wrong for that design but was definitely a great pattern name. I couldn’t get the name out of my head and went about looking for a way to use Elakala as the design inspiration.

The Elakala Falls are part of the Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia, and this design is inspired by waterfalls. Two motifs, one small and one large, create swirling, falling patterns. After working the first two charts, the motifs are inverted in color and in orientation for the second half of the cowl, creating almost a mirror image. The colorwork is fun to work and works up beautifully in Anzula Gerty.

The pattern takes 210 yards of each color and is worked on US 3 (3.25 mm) needles.

The pattern is now available on Ravelry. From now until Tuesday, October 3, the pattern is 20% off with the coupon code ‘gogogerty.’

Jenara is a top down, modified triangular shawl. Instead of working two sections as in a typical top down triangular shawl, Jenara has four sections, modifying the shape from a triangle to a crescent. Those two extra sections wrap around your shoulders and help the shawl stay in place.

Jenara begins with stockinette stitch, followed by a simple eyelet lace pattern. The bottom edge is a lacy feather and fan variation with a picot edge. If you’re a fan of Holden, then you’ll enjoy Jenara–simple shaping, feather and fan lace, and a picot edge.

The shawl uses 440 yards of fingering weight yarn. I used Sincere Sheep Cormo Fingering in the color Gloaming. The pattern has both written instructions and charts and has been test knit and tech edited.

Rookwood is a crescent shaped shawl, worked from the bottom up. The bottom edge has lace, garter stitch, and twisted rib. The body of the shawl is worked in garter stitch with simple short rows.

The pattern is a collaboration with Destination Yarn. Jeanne dyed the yarn in colors found in pieces from the iconic Cincinnati company, Rookwood Pottery. For the design, I wanted to use stitch patterns that mimicked the curves and lines found in many Rookwood pieces. I swatched a few things, played around with colorwork, and in a Japanese stitch dictionary found this pattern with its twists and curves. I made a few simple modifications and the pattern quickly took shape.

The pattern is available for $6.00 on Ravelry and is also available as a kit from Destination Yarn.

Bellbrook is a reversible, top-down, triangular shawl with ribbing and little bells that look like leaves. The bells slip right in between the ribs without disrupting the overall pattern. The pattern calls for 400 yards of fingering weight yarn and is shown in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single.

The pattern is completely reversible. Choose which side you like best! You can show off the bell leaves on the right side or show the graceful curves of the ribbing that flow around the leaves on the wrong side.

Ever buy a gradient yarn or a mini-skein pack and not know what to do with it? Did you find a great skein of variegated sock yarn but you’re not quite sure if it will make a good shawl? If you’re anything like me, then you definitely have.

Inspired by a great mini-skein pack that I just couldn’t resist, Pomeroy Shawl is a simple, garter stitch, asymmetrical shawl. The lower edge has a crochet chain bind off, just for something a little fancy. Even though the pattern calls for 500-550 yards of fingering weight yarn, it’s easy to adjust the pattern for any yardage, and you don’t have to use a mini-skein pack. Just knit!

The pattern has been test knit by my fantastic test knitters and professionally tech edited by Corrina Ferguson.

Materials: 550 yards fingering weight yarn. Shown in Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat Mini-Skein Pack, Color Morph Turquoise to Fuschia.
Needles: US 6 (4mm), 32 in or longer circular needle.
Notions: US E (3.5 mm) crochet hook, yarn needle.
Finished Size: 42 inches (107 cm) wide x 18 inches (46 cm) deep.
Necessary Skills: Knit, Knit 2 together, yarn over, crochet chain. All special stitches are explained in the pattern.

Way back in the Summer of 2014, I received the best surprise when my design, Baya, appeared on the cover of Pom Pom Quarterly. The design that appeared on the cover, Baya, is now available as an individual download.

Baya is a crescent-shaped shawl that is worked from the bottom up. The bottom edge is worked in a lace weight yarn in a lace and cable pattern. The shawl body is worked in fingering weight yarn in squishy garter stitch. Short rows are used to create the crescent shaping. Like the rest of my patterns that use this construction, there are no wrap and turns for the short rows. You just turn the work and start the next row.

Baya is a two-color shawl, using two different shades of pink from SweetGeorgia Yarns. You can get creative in your color choices or you can go for a monochromatic look and choose the same colors for the edge and body. If you use SweetGeorgia Yarns, you have tons of fun color choices!

Sizing and Measurements: One size: 144 cm / 56½” wide by 26 cm / 10¼” deep at central point.

Yarn: Yarn A: 375 yards (343 m) lace weight yarn. Shown in Sweet Georgia CashSilk Lace (55% silk, 45% cashmere; 366 m / 400 yds per 50 g), Orchid. Yarn B: 325 yards (274 m) fingering weight yarn. Shown in Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock (80% merino, 20% nylon; 389 m / 425 yds per 115 g), Raspberry.

Gauge: 16 sts & 40 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch with B and US 5 (3.75 mm) needle after blocking.

Needles: 3.75 mm / US 5 circular needle, 100 cm / 40” length, 3.5 mm / US 4 circular needle, 100 cm / 40” length.
Always use a needle size that will result in the correct gauge after blocking.

Notions: Cable needle, tapestry needle.