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Design Process: Antares... and BONUS KAL

 

headshot Laura Patterson

Today's post is brought to you by Laura Patterson, designer of the lovely Antares shawl from our most recent issue. You can find out more about Laura's work here. This thing is a breezy knit, starting with lots of plain garter, and then the end bit is lacy and beaded and tons of fun. We like it so much we are hosting a KAL through our group on Ravelry. Kate cast on for hers on Friday, and you can watch her progress on the KAL or our Instagram. Here is a taste of her rusty version in squishy DK.

 

 

 

Kate's Antares progress shot

 

 

 

The first time I saw examples of Estonian lace knitting I was smitten. Truly, it was love at first sight. I got a book about it, then another, then... I’ve used a number of their stitches for a variety of designs since that first book landed at my doorstep. I’d already seen the lovely waterlily stitch used by other designers, and now I had the basic instructions for making it myself. Hooray!

 

Time passed... I’d been looking for a good excuse to use the lovely waterlily stitch on something for quite some time. Last summer I had a bit of time between projects, and spent some of it swatching with the waterlily stitch, and came up with a idea for using it in a triangular shawl.

 

 

swatch

 

 

I try to keep at least half an eye on new lace designs as they hit Ravelry, and there have been quite a few triangles that are stockinette or garter stitch at the top, with the lace only at the bottom. Though I have designed crescent shawls that are like that, I hadn’t done a triangle with those specifications yet. I thought a simple garter stitch top would set off the waterlily lace to perfection, but the waterlilies absolutely had to flow out of the garter stitch, instead of starting abruptly. Done.

 

 

full view

 

 

Now all I needed was a pretty border. There’s little lacier and simpler than left- and right-leaning decreases, each separated with a yarn over. The yarn that I used for the swatch was so light and airy that I added beads to the border not only for bling, but also to add a tiny bit of weight to help the shawl drape nicely.

 

 

beading detail shot

 

 

I’ve found that whenever possible, it’s good to have an idea or two laying around, fully formed, waiting for just the right submission call. I took a couple of days and started a submission for my waterlily triangle, though I didn’t know who it was going to. I’ve found that it can be helpful to name the submission, even if that name isn’t used for the design release. After searching online for a bit I named this design Antares, because it’s the name of a night-blooming waterlily. Perfect!

 

 

modeledmodeled from the back

 

 

Everything was done, ready, and waiting when the design call from Twist Collective hit my inbox. A match made in heaven! I made a couple quick adjustments to my submission, and sent it to Kate the very first week. I was delighted when she accepted my proposal, and I got to work with the fine folks at Twist Collective.

 

Click here to join in the KAL! All you need (for the smallest size- there are three choices!!) is 550 yards of laceweight, and if you're into that sort of thing, some beads. Antares knits up quick and pretty!