Pattern Spotlight: Pax Shawl

It’s no secret that I love shawls, especially those knit out of fingering weight yarn. When I received word that Anzula had a new fingering weight cashmere yarn, I had to check it out for myself.

When those three lovely skeins of Serenity ended up on my doorstep, I knew that I had to make a shawl that could easily use as much of that luscious yarn as possible. A sideways-knit shawl seemed to the way to go – without much effort you can increase the shawl until you’ve used half the yarn, and then decrease the shawl to a point. Pax was born.

Pax starts with just a few stitches and is worked sideways, slowly increasing to form the triangle shape of the shawl. The geometric lace pattern is interesting to both look at as well as knit – I couldn’t put this shawl down! Once I reached the center, I worked the mirror image of the lace while decreasing on the second half of the shawl. The small lace border is worked as you go, giving Pax a delicate touch.

Pax can be found on Ravelry, or if you’re a shop owner, you can order individual printed patterns from Stitch Sprouts or kits from Anzula.


You can find Serenity at McKnittey.com, Knitting to Know Ewe in Newton, PA, and Yarn Garden in Charlotte, MI. We have more Serenity in the dye pots for Amazing Threads and Yarn Kandy, and more shops so check back for updates.

As always, you can place a special order at your local Anzula shop for any of our yarns, we will dye it just for you and send it to your LYS.



Pattern Spotlight: Argyroneta

Hi I’m Barbara Benson and I am so excited to be able to introduce y’all to my new summer shawl in Silken! Argyroneta is a fast and easy knit that is super flexible when it comes to yardage and gauge. It is the perfect pattern to carry along on your summer adventures or simply to knit night when you want to do a bit more chatting than paying attention to your pattern.

Argyroneta Shawl.

As a designer I have a wee hoard of yarns that are “on my list”. Beautiful yarns that spoke to me when I saw them and I just had to acquire them even if I didn’t have an immediate idea what their special purpose would be. This summer I decided that I had to realize the potential of several of these skeins, mostly because I really, really wanted to knit with them.

This skein of Silken (color Lapis) was calling to me and couldn’t wait to become … something. But luckily I had an idea, and a rather simple one at that. What would happen if I moved the lace that typically trims the bottom of a shawl up to the top where it could frame the wearer’s face? The more I thought on it the more ideas I had that simply had to be pursued.

Lace along the top edge, "face framing lace!"

Also contributing to the design was the fact that it is summer and I wanted simple knitting. Once I started swatching with the beautiful 50% silk/50% merino blend that Silken brings to the table I knew that it was a perfect match for my plans. Some squooshy garter paired perfectly with the openwork created with double yarn overs in this straightforward lace.

And when I say straightforward I mean it. After you finish the set-up (which is pretty short) there is literally a two row repeat! By working the shawl on the bias the shaping does all of the heavy lifting. The stitches added to the right side increase just enough to offset the lace pattern so that you are working the same two rows over and over again until you’ve had enough or a fixin' to run out of yarn.

 Argyroneta, from the back.

Argyroneta, from the back.

I chose to knit my sample for Argyroneta with only one skein and I was pleasantly surprised at my end size. But if you would like a larger shawl it would simply be a matter of adding on another skein and continuing to knit!

Perfect for summer!

Now that this shawl is done I have started looking towards the Fall and knitting something that is a bit … snugglier. The lovely people at Anzula have said that it is OK for me to give y’all a little sneak peek at something I am working on in their decadent new 100% cashmere yarn Serenity.

Sneak peek: fingerless mitts in Serenity!

I do like things easy so I am working on a pair of fingerless mitts that look like stranded knitting but are actually created using a slip stitch technique. No carrying multiple yarns along a row - simply knitting stripes and slipping stitches. I don’t have a name yet but be on the lookout! You can follow me on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss anything new!


You can find Silken at the following shops, all of which would be happy to ship to you:

Knitting Off Broadway - Fort Wayne, IN
Twisted Ewe - Garden City, ID
Knitorious - St Louis, MO
Knit 1 - Chicago, IL
Stitch Niche - Lexington, KY
Fancywork - Bend, OR
 

You can find Serenity at McKnittey.com, Knitting to Know Ewe in Newton, PA, and Yarn Garden in Charlotte, MI. We have more Serenity in the dye pots for Amazing Threads and Yarn Kandy, and more shops so check back for updates.

As always, you can place a special order at your local Anzula shop for any of our yarns, we will dye it just for you and send it to your LYS.


Kits!

Hello Friends!

With the success of our Local Yarn Store Day kits we have decided to run with them. We have a few that I am excited to share with all you Anzula lovers. One for the beginner or mindless knitter. One for knitters that are advanced or looking for a challenge. And an extra special kit for one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Camille

 Camille in Veiled Alice

Camille in Veiled Alice

For the beginner or mindless knitter, which I often am. I don't know about you but by the end of the day I often don't have the mental energy to follow a complicated pattern. Camille is the perfect pattern for just that. She is designed in our new veiled dye method, half black and half traditional color. This kit comes with Brittney's new Scarfie needles, a skein of either Lucero or Cricket depending on if you want sparkles of not, and the Camille pattern. Written by me!

Oregana

 Oregana by Stephannie Tallent

Oregana by Stephannie Tallent

Using two skeins of Cloud, which yes is just that soft, you create a beautiful shawl that sits perfectly on your shoulders and flairs out in gorgeous lace at the ends. The best part of the piece isn't hiding behind you. Another gorgeous design by Stephannie Tallent.

Posh Kit

Lux Kit

Small Business Saturday!

We have paired up with Pawley Studios and Stitch Sprouts to create the most luxuriously posh kits. In fact there are two for you to choose from. Our posh kit includes 2 of our 50-gram skeins of Squishy, a small mug from Pawley Studios, and a pattern and a stitch marker from Stitch Sprouts.

For an added bit of luxury we have our Lux kits. Two 50-gram skeins of our new 100% cashmere yarn, Serenity, a large Pawley mug, and a pattern and limited edition stitch marker from Stitch Sprouts.

I hope you love these kits! To order, contact your local yarn shop today!

Happy Stitching!

Sabrina