I just released a new e-book collection on Ravelry called Dear Amsterdam and the first two shawl patterns are available now.
It will feature over a dozen new knitting and crochet patterns from Malia Mather, Alexandra Feo and myself. We all come from different places, but we’ve adopted Amsterdam as our home so we’re excited to share our city’s inspiration with you all. Alexandra took all the photos so it’s sure to be a visual feast for the eyes this fall.
The first shawl I designed for this collection is called Samen which means together in Dutch.
Five different colors of Malabrigo Lace are held with two strands together to create the marled look. This single ply lace weight yarn is insanely soft, but it can be a bit delicate and pill-y when you only use one strand. However, holding two strands together creates a resilient fabric that holds up to wear much better. Plus, it’s twice as soft and spongy and faster to knit!
Marled fabric is the fabric of togetherness!
I love this shawl because it’s garter stitch, but there are some fun stockinette stitch short rows with little yarn overs that cause the wingspan to shoot way out on one side.
This extra wingspan length means that Samen is a super long triangle for wrapping round and round the neck.
The shawl is so big in fact that it’s worthy of being called a shlankie.
Shlankie – noun.
Shawl + Blankie
Shlankies are shawl blankies that you can drag around with your teddy bear. Wear your shlankie in comforting places like the candy store or at a friend’s house for a slumber party.
Here I am with my new shlankie and teddy bear named Chubbs. I think Chubbs is about 10 years old now.
I had so much fun watching the colors change because holding them together was like water coloring…yarn coloring! The colors change when you mix them with each other. I had to play with yarn coloring again so I made another Samen with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. It’s the fingering weight version of the pattern.
It’s similar in size to the lace weight version, but there’s one less striping chunk at the end because of the larger gauge.
Samen is a great excuse to play with five colors of yarn. You could stash dive into your collection of fingering weight yarns to put together your dream palette or visit your local yarn shop and get a new group of colors or mix and match new yarns with stash yarns, endless possibilities!
One of the other first Dear Amsterdam patterns is another shawl by Malia Mather who owns Penelope Craft in Amsterdam. It’s called Voetpad which means footpath. It reminds me of all the times when I almost got hit by a bike after my move to Amsterdam in 2010. There are separate paths for bikes throughout the city and if you step outside the walking sidewalk you’re fair game for those speeding bikes.
Voetpad also has some short rows in the gray stockinette stitch sections which help elongate that wingspan. We like elongated wingspans because you can do more things with the shawl. Elongated wingspans take your shawl into scarfy scarf territory and we all know what happens in scarfy scarf territory…wrapping, tucking, tying, and longer ends to dramatically toss over your shoulder!
The border of this shawl is a folded picot hem. I think that it’s the most darling finish to a shawl. Malia used Madelinetosh Pashmina to get that nice drape and sheen.
Keep your eyes and ears alert because we have several more pattern updates coming very soon. You can get each pattern individually as it’s released on Ravelry or you can purchase the whole e-book and receive the surprise updates as they roll in. Soon we have a spunky chunky hat and lusciously drapey cowl for your eyes to behold.