The second shawl of TSS III is coming up in a few weeks, so I thought I’d share some hints and yarn details for anyone who wants to shop or stash dive.
Secret shawl hints:
- This pattern has one size, and is knit in a fingering weight yarn.
- I chose a plied yarn this time around, but singles are also appropriate and lovely.
- There is some lace in this design but it’s simple enough to stand up to some variagation.
- This is a colourblocked two colour shawl, with one main and one accent colour.
- I don’t always reveal the shape ahead of time but…this will be a rather epic rectangular wrap!
For the sample I used:
Meadowyarn Hain [100% Superwash Polwarth Wool; 400m/438yds per 100g skein], 4 x 100g skeins,
Colour A: Honeycombed x 1 skein
Colour B: Beekeeper x 3 skeins
Actual yarn amounts used for sample in a fingering weight 4 ply yarn:
Colour A: 70g, 280m/307yds
Colour B: 230g, 920m/1007yd
4mm (US 6), 80cm (32″) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)
20 sts/32 rows = 10cm (4″) in stockinette stitch after blocking
Exact gauge is not critical but may affect the amount of yarn needed if different.
Ever since Meadow Yarn launched their own magnificent line of small batch hand-dyed yarns I have been enchanted by the skeins appearing from their kettles week after week. Every one has such depth and complexity of tone, some with magical speckling and variegation to add interest and surprise with every stitch. They are just so fun to knit! Meadow Yarn’s commitment to ethical and environmentally kind production is just another reason to love them, and something that seems especially appropriate with our Secret Garden theme.
Hain is a particularly special yarn made from the wool of a New Zealand breed of sheep called the Polewarth: the genetics are 75% Merino and 25% Lincoln, which gives you the best of both worlds. All the mellow softness of a Merino yarn but with a sturdy longer staple length in the fibre which means it wears beautifully without pilling or bobbling. Hain is a superwash, which also makes it easy to care for.
For this shawl, I’ve used two brand new colourways inspired by the natural world. A soft warm golden brown and a rich variegated green. If you’re one of our brilliant and intrepid stash-divers, looking for yarns with a similar contrast in tone is one possible direction to explore with your colours.
Meadow Yarn has preorders of TSS Kits on her website now for everyone who would like to use this wonderful yarn for our second shawl of the season.
They will post out all the ordered yarn by the 22nd of June. There are also a number of gorgeous colours in Hain on the website right now, if something catches your eye!
The pattern will be published Thursday, 28 June.
If you’re shopping your stash or popping down to your local yarn shop for your yarn, I hope all these hints have given you a bit of inspiration or a clue or two to help you explore the possibilities. As always, I cannot wait to see what you choose and how you will make this next shawl your own.
I hope you’re having a wonderful time this season: I’m loving your posts on Instagram and in the Ravelry Group. Thank you for making The Shawl Society such a wonderful community and for helping us bring The Secret Garden to life!