Going with the Flow: The Currents Shawl

February is Shawl Month here at Interweave, and we’re knee deep in these beautiful projects—discussing them, writing about them, and knitting them! I’ve got Stephen West’s Flying Foxtail Shawl on my needles, and Hannah (our knitscene editor) is working on Melanie Rice’s Brunch Shawl.

If you’d like to jump on the shawl bandwagon—and why wouldn’t you?—we’ve got five shawl patterns to choose from in knitscene Spring 2020. My favorite of the moment is Courtney Spainhower’s Currents Shawl. It features three stitch patterns: ribbing, lacey traveling stitches, and garter stitch. The shawl starts with ribbing, flows into the lace pattern, and ends with the garter stitch, called a Garter Spine pattern. It’s really beautiful.

currents shawl

Currents shawl ribbing and lace detail

Courtney paired these three textures with an earthy yarn, Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort (80% fine wool, 20% organic cotton), that makes this shawl warm with that added bonus of casual wearability that the cotton brings to the party.

One thing to note about the Currents Shawl is that it starts out large and gets smaller as you knit it. So even though you cast on 218 stitches, when you bind off you’ve worked down to just 3 stitches. THREE! The pattern description says that this helps with “shawl fatigue,” which I love. So true—those patterns that grow from a few cast-on stitches or a garter tab do seem to drag on and on. This one gets smaller and more manageable as you knit.

I’m really thinking about casting on this baby. I have a knitting retreat coming up, which might be just the time to start this project. But not all knitters love all projects, of course, so if the Currents Shawl isn’t your thing, we’ve got options.

Peaks & Valleys Shawl by Lana Jois

peaks & valleys shawl

Peaks & Valleys Shawl

Knitted with a lovely, drapey alpaca-silk blend yarn, the Peaks & Valleys Shawl is lightweight yet warm enough for those colder spring days. This triangular shawl knit with an alpaca-silk blend that’s perfect for spring weather, and you can style this piece to get just the right level of coverage on any spring day.

Arrows Shawl by Susanna IC

arrows shawl

Arrows Shawl

The combo of garter stitch and lace (plus a few well-placed bobbles!) makes the Arrows Shawl a smooshy delight. Arrows is worked from the narrow end to the wide end, but still knits up quickly in a worsted-weight wool-nylon blend. The lace pattern is an easy one, so this can be a great social knitting project.

Ellipsoidal Shawl by Moon Eldridge

ellipsoidal shawl

Ellipsoidal Shawl

The Ellipsoidal Shawl begins with a garter tab cast-on and is worked from the center neck down and outward, featuring cables, lace, and a gorgeous fluted border. Ellipsoidal is a small shawl, just 41″ wide along upper edge and 18″ tall at the center point, so it’s easy to style and perfect for fending off the chill of spring evenings or air-conditioning. It’s also a one-skein wonder (albeit it’s one skein of heavy laceweight or light fingering).

Arced Shawl by Kristen TenDyke

arced shawl

Arced Shawl

Knitted in a delightfully sheepy blend of mohair and wool, the Arced Shawl is perfect to snuggle into on chilly spring nights. Kristen designed it with a simple welt pattern on the body and short-row shaping to create the curved shape. A wavy cable edges the shawl—complete with knitted-in and raveled fringe. So many cool techniques to practice in this project.

knitscene Spring 2020 is your ticket to join us for Shawl Month! Cast on one of these shawls and celebrate the coming of spring.

Cheers,

Kathleen

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