Shawl Knitting

I have been an admirer of Martina Behm’s patterns for a while and I recently bought a copy of Leftie from her Ravelry store.

(Image copyright Martina Behm)

This is what Martina says about her pattern:” Leftovers. Everyone has them, everyone hoards them – especially when they are some precious hand-dyed yarn that is not always in stock.Well, now their time has come: Leftie is an asymmetrical shawlette that was designed to show off your favorite little leftovers.The stripes will swirl around your neck in a very flattering way, and the cute tiny leaves are the perfect way to make your favorite colors shine.”

(Image copyright Martina Behm)

The pattern calls for 4ply yarn, but I didn’t have any so I am knitting mine in beautiful British BlueFaced Leicester DK yarn (available from the Made By Ewe shop). The yarn is lusciously soft and I can’t wait to wrap it around me, when the shawl is finished.Leftie

I am doing the leaves in Artesano British BlueFaced Leicester blend.  (This yarn is now discontinued, but I do have a few spare skeins if you just love those colours.)

bluefaced leicester


I am very pleased with how it is turning out.  The pattern is very well written and it is a relaxing TV knit.  I’m not sure how big the shawl is going to be yet, basically you knit on until you are happy with the size, but I will keep you posted!

About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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