Riley Triangle Shawl

Riley Triangle Shawl
Test knitted by Joan W.

Hi knitters!

I hope all is well. It has been months since my last published pattern but I’m very excited to finally introduce the Riley Shawl! I’ve been working on this shawl since November of last year and months later, here we are…a finished product!

The Riley Shawl is the first pattern on Purl Avenue that is available for purchase. So head over to Ravelry and Etsy for purchase information.

Knitted using three skeins of Madelinetosh Vintage, the Riley Shawl is a triangle shawl that is worked from the bottom up. I’m so glad I picked Tosh Vintage because I absolutely love the bouncy, squishy characteristic of this yarn. The colorway used is Hudson River Blue (color might be disco’ed) but I can certainly see a variation of gray looking great as well. After blocking, the shawl measures roughly 63″ by 30″ but you might be able to squeeze in a few more inches depending on how aggressively you block it.

Wet blocking
Wet block method was used.

Materials

Yarn required: Madelinetosh Vintage – Approx. 600 yards

US #8 (5mm) needles

Yarn or tapestry needle

Gauge

40 sts x 30 row = 4ins

Riley Triangle Shawl detail
Riley Triangle Shawl side view
Riley Triangle Shawl wrap

Stockinette Stitch Shawlette

Hello knitters!

It has been a while since I last posted a pattern here due to my mishap back in January. But I am happy to say that I am recovering nicely. Currently, I am no longer in a boot and started driving again this past week. I’ve been going to physical therapy for two weeks now and have about another month to go.

It’s been an interesting journey and I underestimated how difficult the recovery phase would be. With that said, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Being able to drive again is huge step forward even though the pain still persists. I imagine the ankle stiffness and pain will be with me for months to come but having my mobility back is pretty awesome.

About a month ago, I started on a shawlette using the Schachenmayr yarn I bought over a year ago. I finished the project last night and blocked it. Here is the finished project:

Stockinette Stitch Shawlette - Purl Avenue

If you’ve never knitted a triangle shawl before, this will be the easiest one you’ll ever knit! Aside from the eyelets around the bottom edge, the rest of the shawl is knitted in stockinette. For extra flair, I added tassels to the ends. I’d like to point out that the edges do curl. This was done on purpose because I like the way it looks. If you don’t like the curl, I suggest you add a border around the edges. This pattern is worked from the bottom up.

The material is cotton and knitted with needles a few sizes larger than the recommended because this shawl is designed to be worn in warmer climates.

Stockinette Stitch Shawlette side view - Purl Avenue

Measures approx. 63″ x 16″ (160cm x 41cm) after blocking.

Here is the pattern:

Materials

1 skein of Schachenmayr Tahiti yarn in Sunset

  • 306 yds / 280 m per skein
  • 1.75 oz/50 g per skein
  • 99% Cotton/1% Polyester

US 7 (4.5mm) 24″ cable needles

Pattern

CO 5 sts.

Row 1 (RS): k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1. (9 sts)
Row 2: purl.
Row 3: k1, yo, k1, yo, knit to the last 2 sts, yo, k1, yo, k1.
Row 4: purl.

Repeat Rows 3-4 until the desired length. For the example above, knit Rows 3-4 until you have 245 stitches. Bind off loosely and weave in loose ends. Blocking is highly recommended.

Tassels (Optional)

I found this website which shows how to make tassels. It has a step-by-step written tutorial as well as a picture tutorial.

Attach your two tassels to both ends of the shawl. There you have it – your very own Stockinette Stitch Shawlette!

Stockinette Stitch Shawlette light - Purl Avenue

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Linen Chevron Cowl Pattern Now In French!

Hello everyone!

After breaking my ankle exactly two weeks ago, here is an update. A few days after the injury and after the ER, I went to the orthopedic surgeon but nothing could be done because my foot was too swollen.

swollen broken ankle

As a result, I had to sit around with a broken ankle for eight days until the swelling went down.

On the ninth day, I went into surgery. It was an outpatient procedure that was supposed to take 1.5 hours. I went in and the first thing they did was give me a regional block in an attempt to numb the leg. At the time, I had no idea what to expect from the block procedure. As it turned out, the anesthesiologist stuck a needle into the back of the leg, and used an ultrasound to find where to inject the numbing solution. Well after what seemed like several minutes, the procedure was complete and a complete failure. For some reason they couldn’t find what they were looking for to numb the leg.

I was then transported to the operating room. While they were prepping me onto  the operating table, the last thing I remember was a brief conversation with the crew about Downton Abbey. LOL! Now that I’m thinking back on it, it’s pretty funny–our choice of topic, that is.

Shortly after, there was the “gas.” I will never forget the smell…

I woke up in the recovery room plagued with nausea and found out that my surgery had gone over by two hours! What was supposed to take 1.5 hours took 3.5 hours. They had trouble setting my bones back into place. In addition, the gas anesthesia that they gave me made me immensely ill. In response to this, the nurse gave me “anti-nausea” medicine that knocked me out for the rest of the day. To be honest, I don’t think it was anti-nausea medicine. I think it was a tranquilizer. As the nurse put it, “I think she’s comatose.”

The days after the surgery were extremely rough. I have to say that the day after was the worst! The pain was definitely on a level that I had never experienced before. And on top of it all, I had the lingering smell of the gas anesthesia on my breath which made me sick for several days after surgery. There is nothing worst than the smell of what can be described as a “strong plastic odor” every time you take a breath out.

It hasn’t been a full week after surgery and find myself easing off of the pain medication. This too makes me queasy. As you can tell, I am extremely sensitive to medications.

Anyway, I promise I am going to wrap up this horror story. So I am currently wrapped up in another splint and I have to sit around for one more week until my post-op check up.

broken ankle phase 2

Now, on to knitting! A while back, a fellow blogger contacted me about translating one of my patterns to her native tongue, French. Of course, I agreed. I am in no shape to translate my pattern to  French, at least not well. My knowledge of the language is not, by any means, fluent, even though I did take French for two years in high school and two in college.

Linen Chevron Cowl

Emmanuelle was kind enough to translate the Linen Chevron Cowl to French and put it in a PDF format.

Linen Chevron Cowl (French)
PDF Download

Check out her gorgeous version of the cowl at: lemarquoirdelise.over-blog.com!

Chevron Linen Cowl by Emmanuelle B.

I truly enjoy sharing my work with the knitting community and enrich people’s lives one at a time through knitting. If there is an opportunity to share it with different people in different languages from different countries with different cultures, I will definitely take it!

If you would like to translate any of my patterns to another language and share it with your community, please let me know! For you loom knitters: if you are interested in converting my patterns for loom knitting, please contact me!

Please bear with me through this rough time as I slowly get my life back to normalcy. Thank you all for your kind words and your well wishes!

Happy knitting!

Irish Mesh Cowl

Hello!

Hope everyone is doing well. These past few days have been very cold here in the south with temps dipping below freezing. With the frigid weather, I went out last night after work and got some firewood to make a fire. It was the first one this season!

It was absolutely amazing. There’s nothing better than a crackling fire and some knitting to soothe away the tensions of the day.

Burning fire 2014

Speaking of knitting, last week I finished a cowl that I had been working on for the past couple of weeks. Those of you who have been keeping up with me via social media have seen the progress of this cowl and as promised, I am posting it up today.

This cowl, called the Irish Mesh Cowl, was knitted previously using Knit Picks’ Billow yarn in Tea Rose (shown below). I designed this cowl about six months ago and am now revisiting it and will share the pattern with you all.

Irish Mesh Cowl in Tea Rose - Purl Avenue

The revisited version is done Ash. Note: Knit Picks Billow yarn is cotton and the yarn weight varies even though it is listed as Bulky Weight. If you want your cowl to look a little more uniform, I recommend using a different type of yarn.

Billow in Ash

After blocking, the Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash measures about 30″ circumference and 11″ wide and is slightly smaller than the one in Tea Rose (I don’t remember the measurements).

Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash - Purl Avenue

Here is the pattern.

Materials

2 skeins of Knit Picks Billow yarn (you will use about 1.5 skeins)

  • 120 yds / 110 m per skein
  • 3.52 oz/100 g per skein
  • 100% Pima Cotton

US 10.5- 24″ circular needles
Yarn/tapestry needle
Stitch marker

Gauge

3.5 sts=1″ in stockinette stitch

Pattern

Cast on 96 sts. Place stitch marker and join to begin knitting in the round. Careful not to twist the stitches. Note: all slipped stitches on this website will be done purlwise unless otherwise noted.

Edge

Rd 1: *yo, sl1, k2, psso; rep from * to the end.
Rd 2: knit.
Rd 3: k2, *sl1, k2, psso, yo; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Rd 4: knit.

Repeat Rds 1-4 for a total of 24 rounds. 

Body

Rd 1-15: knit.

Repeat the Edge one more time.

Bind off and weave in all loose ends.

There you go! A brand new cowl! Did I mention that this is a quick knit too? Enjoy!

Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash side - Purl Avenue

Irish Mesh Cowl Tea Rose 2 - Purl Avenue

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Casual Lace Knit Shawl

Hello knitters!

It’s been what seems like an eternity since I last posted a knitting pattern here on Purl Avenue. My day job has consumed so much time and I find it difficult to find time to knit and post new information here. There are so many things that I’d like to take on but there seems to never enough time in the day for me to do so 🙁

After completing the Linen Chevron Cowl, I was finally able to start a new project with The Louisa Harding yarn I bought while I was in Vienna, VA several months ago. With this fun yarn, I knitted a lace shawl that I could wear on a casual day out.

The Casual Lace Knit Shawl is a simple and straightforward project that is perfect for those who have never knitted a shawl before. It uses a little over three skeins of Louisa Harding Noema Yarn which is more than I expected. But overall, I am very pleased with the result.

Casual Lace Knit Shawl - Purl Avenue

Measures 62″(157.5 cm) X 25.5″(65 cm)

Casual Lace Knit Shawl - Purl Avenue

The next time I knit this shawl, I think I will knit it in a gray or blue color. If I do, I will keep you all posted. Anyway, here is the pattern. Enjoy!

Materials

4 skeins of Louisa Harding Noema

  • Color: Disco
  • 50 g/131 yds per skein
  • 75% Cotton/ 20% Acrylic/ 5% Nylon

US 6 (4mm) 32″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn/tapestry needle
Blocking materials (wires, mats, pins)

Pattern

Notes: 

pm=place marker
sm=slip marker

For more knitting abbreviations, please visit the Knitting Abbreviations page.

CO 3 sts.

Row 1 (RS): kfb, pm, k1, kfb. (5 sts)
Row 2: purl.
Row 3: (k1, yo)x2, sm, (k1, yo)x2, k1. (9 sts)
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: k1, yo, knit to stitch marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, knit to last st, yo, k1.
Row 6: purl.
Rows 7-50: rep Rows 5-6.
Row 51: k1, yo, *k2tog, yo; rep from * to one st before stitch marker, k1, yo, sm, (k1, yo)x2, **k2tog, yo; rep from ** to last st, k1.
Row 52: purl.
Row 53: (k1, yo)x2, *(k2tog, yo); rep from * to stitch marker, sm, (k1, yo)x2, **(k2tog, yo); rep from ** to last st, k1.
Row 54: purl.
Rows 55-56: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 57-62: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 63-64: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 65-72: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 73-78: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 79-80: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 81-92: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 93-98: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 99-100: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 101-116: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 117-122: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 123-124: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 125-142: rep Rows 53-54.

Bind off and weave in all loose ends. Wet block and for stubborn curled edges, additional light steam blocking is recommended.

Casual Lace Knit Shawl 4 - Purl Avenue

There you go–a new shawl!

Causal Lace Knit Shawl 2 - Purl Avenue

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Linen Chevron Cowl

Hello everyone!

It has been a very crazy and busy month or so. I know, it has been a while since I last posted an article but it really has been hectic. Because of the time restraint, it has taken me months to complete this cowl and I have to admit that I am very pleased with the end result. The Linen Chevron Cowl was knitted using Shi Bui’s Linen yarn and it features a distinctive chevron design. Because the pattern is a little long, I’m going to keep this intro short and jump into the fun part…the pattern.

Linen Chevron Cowl - Purl Avenue

I absolutely love the chevron/seed stitch combination.

Linen Chevron Cowl - Purl Avenue

Materials

1 skein of Shibui Linen yarn

  • Color: Clay
  • 246 yds / 225 m per skein
  • 1.76 oz/50 g per skein
  • 100% linen

US 5 (3.75mm) 24″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn/tapestry needle

Gauge

26 sts=4″

Pattern

CO 170 sts. Place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round. Do not twist stitches. Note: always slip stitches purlwise unless otherwise noted.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 3: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Chevron pattern)
Rd 1: *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to end of round.
Rd2: k1, sl 3 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Rd 3: *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 4: sl 2 wyif, k2, *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to the last st, sl 1 wyif.
Rd 5: sl 1 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last 4 sts, k2, sl 2 wyif.
Rd 6: repeat Rd 1.
Rd 7: repeat Rd 5.
Rd 8: repeat Rd 4.
Rd 9: repeat Rd 3.
Rd 10: repeat Rd 2.
Rd 11: repeat Rd 1.
Rd 12-13: knit.
Rd 14: *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 15: sl 1 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last 4 sts, k2, sl 2 wyif.
Rd 16: sl 2 wyif, k2, *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to the last st, sl 1 wyif.
Rd 17: *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 18: k1, sl 3 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Rd 19: repeat Rd 14.
Rd 20: repeat Rd 18.
Rd 21: repeat Rd 17.
Rd 22: repeat Rd 16.
Rd 23: repeat Rd 15.
Rd 24: repeat Rd 14.

Main Body (Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-20: knit.

Repeat Chevron pattern.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 3: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.

Bind off and weave in loose ends. I highly recommend blocking for optimum results.

Linen Chevron Cowl - Purl Avenue

There you go. The Linen Chevron Cowl is complete and now you have a brand new linen cowl that’s perfect for summer!

UPDATE: Linen Chevron Cowl pattern is now in French.

PDF Download:

Linen Chevron Cowl (French)

 

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