Painted Love: Love of Knitting Spring 2017


Shoreline Shawl by Irina Anikeeva

Knitting this crescent-shaped shawl with a hand-dyed gradient set feels like a walk toward the ocean. Starting with a garter tab in the color of sand dunes, work your way outward toward sundrenched waves in a tropical sea of cables.

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 60″ wide and 24″ tall.

Yarn The Unique Sheep Super Wool DK Gradience Set (100% superwash merino; 889 yd [813 m]/13 1/4 oz [380 g] [5 skeins 117 yd (107 m)/1 3/4 oz (50 g) and 1 skein 304 yd (278 m)/4 1/2 oz (130 g)]): a good day for a picnic (beige [A] to blue [F]), 1 set of 6 skeins.

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): 24″ and 40″ circular. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers; cable needle; stitch holder; tapestry needle.

Gauge 14 sts and 26 rows = 4″ in St st.

Notes This shawl is worked back and forth in rows from the top down. The edging is knitted on side to side and joined to the body one row at a time.


Ironwood Shawl by Laura Reinbach

Build drama into your knitting with hand-dyed yarns. Here, garter stitch lets wildly contrasting colors work their magic, with a line of lacy diamonds down the back and tiny eyelets along the edging.

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 58″ wide and 27″ tall.

Yarn Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (100% merino wool; 395 yd [361 m]): black velvet, 2 skeins.

Needles Size 6 (4 mm): 32″ circular. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers; tapestry needle.

Gauge 17 sts and 42 rows = 4″ in garter st.

Notes This shawl is worked from the bottom up, with increases at the beginning and end of each right-side row to create the triangle shape.


Shift Change Cowl by Jennifer Kirchenbauer

Build a garden wall with yarn “bricks” in vivid flower hues. This cowl pairs a self-striping yarn and a solid color, adds some slip-stitch work, and varies the brick sizes for a delightful accessory.

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 22.25″ circumference at upper edge and 10.5″ tall.

Yarn Crystal Palace Yarns Danube DK (40% nylon, 30% wool, 30% rayon; 163 yd [149 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g]): #321 garden (multi; MC) 1 ball. Crystal Palace Yarns Allegro DK (100% merino; 146 yd [135 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g]): #6059 pea pod (green; CC), 1 ball.

Needles Size 6 (4 mm): 16″ circular.

Notions Marker; tapestry needle.

Gauge 23 sts and 45 rnds = 4″ in sl st patt.

Notes This cowl is worked in the round from the top down.


Painted Wrap by Melissa Leapman

Show off a handdyed yarn with supremely simple lace. Colorways in the Meow and Woof collections from Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts have a lot going on—a too busy stitch pattern will fight against these gorgeous colors inspired by cat and dog breeds.

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 21″ wide and 63″ long.

Yarn Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts 100% Superwash Merino DK (100% superwash merino; 220 yd [200 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): #BT01 brown tabby, 5 skeins.

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): 29″ circular.

Notions Markers; tapestry needle.

Gauge 15 sts and 25 rows = 4″ in charted patt.

Notes This shawl is worked back and forth in rows.


Bargello Socks by Mone Dräger

Wear bargello, a type of embroidery associated with the medieval city of Florence, on your feet! Worked in stranded knitting, zigzags in varying widths create an allover pattern. Place the stripes at random or use a self-striping yarn as the contrast color to make your pair of socks unique.

Difficulty Expert

Finished Size 7 (8, 9)” foot circumference and 9 (10, 11)” long; foot length is adjustable. Socks shown measure 8″.

Yarn SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock (80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon; 425 yd [388 m]/4 oz [115 g]): cauldron (black; MC) and goldmine (gold; CC), 1 skein each.

Needles Sizes 1.5 (2.5 mm) and 2 (2.75 mm).

Notions Markers; tapestry needle.

Gauge 32 sts and 36 rnds = 4″ in leg patt on larger needles.

Notes These socks are worked in the round from the cuff down with a heel flap.