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Back To Shawls

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Cool mornings can lead into surprisingly warm afternoons as the sun makes its way towards the September equinox.  For those chilly start ups, the number one accessory to have on hand is a lightweight shawl, a cosy layer to slide over t shirts and summer tops while sitting on a park bench watching the kids play, sipping the first coffee of the day or making the commute to work.

This latest shawl design is knit in a softly-brushed blend of superfine alpaca and merino wool, to keep you comfortably warm with a wonderful airiness about it.  A subtle combination of stitch texture, the boho-inspired C H I C P A C A  S H A W L is designed in a simple wedge shape and accentuated with fringes.


  C H I C P A C A   S H A W L


Finished Size: 48 cm/ 19 in x 223.5/ 88 in

Yarn: 4 (50g) balls Diamond Luxury Collection Chicpaca (col. 31)

Needles: 6 mm/ US 10 circular needle – 80 cm

Tension: 12 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. over garter st.


Kfb: Knit into front and back of stitch

Tbl: Through back loop

Yo: yarn over


Cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K to last st, kfb = 4 sts.

Row 2 (WS): K2, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2tog = 4 sts.

Row 3 (RS): K to last 3 sts, k1tbl, k1, kfb = 5 sts.

Row 4 (WS): K2, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2tog = 5 sts.

Rep last 2 rows 18 times = 23 sts.

Row 41 (RS): [K1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1tbl, k1, kfb.

Row 42 (WS): K1, p1, yo, work in rib as set until 2 sts remain, k2tog.

Row 43 (RS): K1, [k1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1tbl, k1, kfb.

Row 44 (WS): As Row 42.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 4 times.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 = 20 times.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 5 times.

Rep Row 3 and 4 = 20 times.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 5 times.

Rep Row 3 and 4 = 20 times.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 5 times.

= 123 sts.

Cast off loosely in ribbing.


Cut 41 cm/ 16 inch lengths.  Attach 2 strands in every second st along cast off edge.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Spring Shawls

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

As the days warm up and we focus on spending more time outdoors, the shift towards wearing lightweight shawls is as natural as slipping under the shade of a tree on a hot sunny day.  Just as there are endless options in accessories to match an outfit, there is also a myriad of gorgeous shawls that will work with each and every occasion whether its meeting a friend for lunch or watching the kids play at the park.  Whatever your style or your budget, we have one that will spark your interest and compliment your spring look-


Looking for a bit of polish without all the bling, something lightweight and elegant that drapes with ease as it wraps across the shoulders or around the neckline?  Try this stunning design, knit in an innovative cotton yarn tightly encased in a silky coating, Ibis (col. 79).  Pattern available in Katia’s Casual Collection.


Pale and shimmery grey tones strike a chord this season as the new neutral.   This triangular shawl is a fun little accessory with a multitude of style options and it makes a great beginner project.  Knit in Creta, a soft and slubby cotton yarn available this spring in twenty inspiring shades.


Is there a wedding invitation in your mailbox?  Be ready to join in the celebration with this light and lacy shawl, its the icing on the cake when it comes to pretty dress up styles.  Knit in Sublime Egyptian Cotton DKBud Pink (shown above).


Cutting corners is allowed, especially when the end result is such an attractive shawl.  Knit in Jaipur (col. 203), Katia’s lace weight cotton, delightfully-dyed in a colourful ribbon effect.  FREE pattern available here.


Are you ready for the weekend and its only Monday morning?  Try on this casual contemporary look to wear with jeans and a t shirt, a two-tone kerchief featured in Katia’s latest Casual Collection, it works up quickly with a crochet hook and a few balls of Ibis (col. 78, and 75).


Longing for drama now that your favorite Netflix series is finished?  The Hope and Glory Wrap knit in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK, is a brilliant balance of smoldering hues and mysterious design elements, plus it might just inspire a Knit A Long for your next group project.  Sea Salt and Betty (shown above).


If bold colours are your thing, then this is a design you can really have fun with.  Choose from a paintbox palette of forty plus shades in Mirasol Nuna, and watch the magic happen on this wedge-shaped shawl as each colour transitions from one to the next.


Now this is a shawl that speaks volumes.  Worked in short rows using a combination of garter stitch and openwork, the finished design resembles a pinwheel.  Knit in Jaipur (col 214) by Katia.  FREE pattern available here.

Is Spring Under Wraps?

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

In some parts of the country it appears that spring is still under wraps, at least for the moment.  But we can rest assured that the warm weather will spur on the familiar whistle and warble of songbirds and the patches of hardened snow at the forest’s edge will quickly be replaced with trilliums in full bloom.  What will be will be…..and from a knitter’s perspective that translates into a little more time for whipping up pretty spring accessories.  This season the shawl is hotter than ever, transforming from the classic shoulder wrap into a fun bandana-style neck piece for sprucing up just about everything from a plain white tee to a long flowing sundress.

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Katia Tahiti Shawl

Not in the mood for fussing with a complicated lace pattern?  Go easy breezy with this warm weather shawl featured in the latest beginner book from Katia.  Its knit from end-to-end on jumbo-sized needles (10 mm) using only two balls of Tahiti, a brand new cotton tape yarn that boasts a range of nearly thirty tropical colours.  Sun (shown above).

Katia Tahiti Beach bk 3

Katia Tahiti Beach Neck Wrap

Variety is the spice of life, and if you like the versatility of the first knitted shawl, why not make a second one using Tahiti Beach?  Its really the same yarn, only cranked up a notch in a fun range of transitional hues. Col. 300 (shown above).

Katia Jaipur Book 81

Katia Jaipur Triangle Shawl

Keep it pure and simple with Jaipur, a self-striping laceweight yarn in comfortable cotton.  This triangle bib-style shawl combines the symmetry of garter stitch with a delicate crocheted edging.  Col. 203 and 209 (shown above).

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Sirdar Beachcomber Shawl

For sultry days ahead, whether its an outdoor wedding or a backyard barbeque, keep this fringed delight in mind.  Not only is it a boho chic triangular shawl for covering shoulders, it will also substitute nicely as a dressy neck accessory.  Knit in Sirdar’s sensational Beachcomber, a softly-textured cotton popping up in shops now with a choice of four multis and six solids. Windward (shown above).

Katia Silk Cotton Bk 82

Katia Silk-Cotton Shawl

Freshen up last year’s faded tees and camis with this full size shawl that offers up smoking hot stripe action and terrific coverage.  Easy to knit in Katia’s Silk-Cotton, a 50/50 blend with a lovely cable twist, available in pretty close to twenty softened tones.  Col. 52, 53, 55, and 62 (shown above).

Katia Bari bk 82

Katia Bari Shawl

Going casual never looked so easy.  Just a quick twirl around your neck and off you go in this lightweight bandana shawl, knit in Bari, dyed in ten striking colour combos.  Col. 71 (shown above).