The last of summer; the first of autumn

Two new patterns today, dear reader! The first is Cherries and Fairies. Using just between 550-600 m of laceweight yarn, this lightly curved triangular shawl knits up quickly. An Estonian variation of the cat’s paw pattern gives way to a nupp border and it’s finished with a crochet chain edging.

The size of the shawl can be easily adjusted by knitting more/fewer repeats of cat’s paw. The original shawl measured 60” x 24” / 152 x 60 cm after blocking.

As usual, the pattern has been tested and assumes that you know how to cast on provisionally, knit nupps, and read charts.

So ends summer 2016 for us.

Autumn begins with Merofleda, the second scarf in the Not Quite Samite series. The alternating leaf and nupp pattern is knitted here in gold to evoke the autumn aspens of northern New Mexico. Half a lifetime on, I still can’t forget the leaves against the endless blue sky.

This pattern uses about 400 m of fingering-weight yarn, so it’s a great stashbuster for single skeins of sock yarn. (The original is knitted in Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock and measures 8” x 73” / 20 x 185 cm so if you have less yardage you can consider a slightly shorter scarf.) The scarf is worked from the bottom up in a single piece and finished with a crocheted picot edging.

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