For her new shawl, Karin Wilmoth was inspired by Victorian Chintz. Chintz was a printed calico, usually featuring florals or other patterns on a light background, that was made in India in the 1600s. During that century, the fabric was so popular that imports of Chintz skyrocketed and France and England decided to ban the import of the fabric because the mills there could not create a competing product. In the late 1700s the ban was lifted as French and English mills were creating their own Chintz.
The Chintz Shawl is a new shawl pattern that is full of interesting design elements. The shawl is knit by using both For Better or Worsted and Squishy in the same colorway, creating a gently textured stripe that Karin says is reminiscent of vintage wallpaper.
She also says that "working with two weights of yarn of similar color is a easy way to add texture without drastically changing a pattern. Also, this shawl could be called, 'I heart I-cord.' There are three ways to use it in this pattern."
The shawl features a repeating floral stitch that also is a nod to Victorian Chintz.
Karin has graciously lent us the shawl so if you are attending TNNA in Columbus you will be able to see it at booths 347, 349, 446 & 448.
The pattern for the Chintz Shawl is available here. To find the Squishy and For Better or Worsted for your shawl, visit our website to find a local or online retailer. If Squishy is not available at your LYS, you can place a special order through any store that carries Anzula.