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Variations on a Theme

November 29, 2012

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Perusing the latest editions of knitting magazines is one of my favorite ways to unwind. To make myself all cozy after a day at work and take a look at all the lovely designs on each page is entertaining and inspiring. Every now and then a design really grabs me, makes me exclaim aloud, and has me dashing for my stash rather than staying under the cozy afghan. Kyoko Nakayoshi had not one, but two exclamation-inducing designs in Knitscene Winter 2012. These designs, Merging Ripples Shawl and the Sideways Shawls patterns, are variations on a theme, one symmetric and the other asymmetric.


The Details

Pattern: Merging Ripples Shawl
Designer: Kyoko Nakayoshi
Size: 45″ wide and 21½” tall
Needles: Size 3 (3.25mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Melange, shown in Salsa #806 and Pomegranate #813
Pattern available in Knitscene, Winter 2012

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I especially enjoy the asymmetric balance of the Sideways Ripples Shawl. Probably because my life is frequently a bit off-kilter.

Looking forward to heathery Cornflower in an eye-catching combination with Cinnamon.

I was inspired by oxidized metals to put Cornflower #800 and Cinnamon #804 together. As fellow BSA coworkers passed by my desk, I heard many “Ohhh… ahhh!’ and my favorite, “Wow! What is this going to be for?”

It’s safe to say this shawl is going to look awesome, and I’m itching to cast-on!


The Details

Pattern: Sideways Ripples Shawl
Designer: Kyoko Nakayoshi
Size: 45″ wide and 21½” tall
Needles: Size 3 (3.25mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Melange, shown in Dijon #807 and Licorice #803
Pattern available in Knitscene, Winter 2012

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