May 15, 2022

Dancing with Galaxies shawl

  • A light-skinned woman dancing with a white and blue shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a white and blue shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a white and blue shawl, showing the border detail.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a white and blue shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a white and blue shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a white and blue shawl.

My latest release, Dancing with Galaxies, is a top-down half circle shawl with an intricate and fun mosaic border.

The body of the shawl has an half-pi construction, one of the easiest I know and probably one of the funniest to knit. When the inner semicircle is done, the big mosaic border is attached perpendicularly to the shawl body while knitting, without seaming.

The border of this shawl features bold spiral shapes over a dark background, reminiscent of faraway galaxies dancing in a remote space-time.
While the border design is quite complex and has very long repeats, the technique is very easy: mosaic knitting let you create motifs using only one color at a time!

The shawl is not complicated and very fun to make, and the final result is stunning while remaining easy to wear and to style.

April 18, 2022

Squaring of the Circle shawl

  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple. She is holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple.

Squaring of the Circle is the latest pattern in my brioche illusion series.

This shawl shows an illusion that I find especially intriguing: circles that morph into squares, i.e. the squaring of the circle, a thing that sounds almost magical.

This big stole is worked on the bias with stripes of illusion pattern alternated with relaxing areas of simple garter stitch that are worked in a laceweight yarn. The contrast between the cozy and colorful brioche and the translucent and super lightweight garter stitch makes this shawl unique and also very fun to knit!

March 14, 2022

Lightbeams Shawl

  • A light-skinned woman holding a half-circle shawl. The shawl has a dark bacground decorated with bright and colorful cables.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a dark shawl with bright and colorful cables.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a dark shawl with bright and colorful cables.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a dark shawl with bright and colorful cables.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a dark shawl with bright and colorful cables.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a dark shawl with bright and colorful cables.

The Lightbeams Shawl is a magnificent shawl, covered in an intricate filigree of delicate cables on a dark background, reminiscent of light beams inside a gothic cathedral.

Working on this shawl requires attention, but the result is breathtakingly beautiful!

This big, 2/3-of-a-circle shawl is worked from the top down with radial increases. The work is divided into five sections/repeats, with increases inside each repeat every other row. Sections change their position throughout to shape the shawl in a graceful manner.

Each section starts with two symmetrical cables, or “beams,” that move away from each other, then continue moving away from other sections. To connect the beams, new cables are created that move diagonally and then form diamond shapes and pointed arches when they join. Finally, the “beams” bloom in sort of geometric flower shapes.

Enjoy an introductory 15% discount using the code “light” until midnight, Sunday 20 (Rome time)!

February 20, 2022

Silky Lavender Shawl

  • A light-skinned woman holding a crescent shawl open. The shawl is striped and has a big multicolored border worked with slipped cables.
  • A light-skinned woman looking over her shoulder. She is wearing a shawl that is striped and has a big multicolored border worked with slipped cables.
  • A light-skinned woman holding a dried lavender bouquet. She is wearing a striped shawl with a big multicolored border worked with slipped cables.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a striped shawl with a big multicolored border worked with slipped cables.
  • A light-skinned woman holding a dried lavender bouquet. She is wearing a striped shawl with a big multicolored border worked with slipped cables.
  • A light-skinned woman holding a dried lavender bouquet. She is wearing a striped shawl with a big multicolored border worked with slipped cables.

Silky Lavender is a crescent shaped shawl worked in a lovely DK-weight yarn. It is one of my easiest designs ever, but easy doesn’t mean boring! This shawl has enough interesting constructive and decorative details to make it fun to knit and delightful to wear. 🥰

The main feature in this shawl is the slipped cable pattern in three colors on the border and the fun picot bind-off. Lovely and much easier to work than it looks.

The shawl is available both on Ravelry and Payhip, and there is an introductory 15% discount using the code “silky15” until Sunday, February 27 at midnight (Rome time).

December 14, 2021

Nocturne Bandana

  • A lighr-skinned woman holds up a blue knitted bandana with a diamond pattern.

This sweet little bandana is a small, quick knit that’s fun and interesting to make and very versatile to wear: it can be worn around your neck as a soft cowl, or as a skinny foulard, or it can be used over your head as a headband, as a head foulard or even a fun turban.

And it’s perfect as a last minute gift!

There’s a 15% discount until Sunday, December 19 using the code nocturne.

November 22, 2021

Unconscious Inference Stole

  • A white woman holds up a brioche shawl in shades of gray.

I love creating geometric optical illusions with knitting and I think that the combination of brioche with garter stitch is perfect for that! The result is a luscious and warm wrap that looks different every time you look at it, fascinating the eye and the mind.

This stole is worked using a laceweight yarn, that is used plain in the two ends (at the beginning and the end of the piece), giving an airy and translucent appearance to these parts and a more elegant drape to the entire stole. The center part, on the contrary, is worked with yarn held doubled, adding warmth and weight to the piece and making the illusion design more evident.