Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring Collection from Louet

My lovely knitters, I have something fabulous to tell you about. You know I love to create shawls and I am always looking the next level. When I saw the Spring Collection from Louet, which is filled with beautiful patterns, I had to make a shawl.

Louet generously sent me the Zambra pattern and my choice of Euroflax colors to knit the pattern. I selected Angelfish Blue, Orchid and Cream. Zambra is two shawl patterns by Susanna IC.  The first is a crescent shawl that is knit using three colors, three skeins, one of each color. The second is a rectangular stole knit using similar pattern stitches and two skeins of one color.  

I decided to knit the beautiful crescent version. Since things are warming up here, I was looking for a unique and light shawl and this one is just perfect. However, after how much I enjoyed working with the yarn and the pattern, I will also be making the stole. It's stunning as well; all of the patterns in the collection are.

The pattern itself is very easy to follow with a mix of written instructions and charts. It was my very first time making wrap and turn short rows but it wasn't hard at all and the result was stunning. I am also not a pro at lace, but the pattern was written so well that I was able to easily make the beautiful, lacy edges.

Speaking of firsts, this was also my first experience with linen. It was a dream to work with. It is a little stiff which actually served to help me manage the stitches. I didn't have any issues at all working with it. It felt good in my hands, good across my fingers and moved effortlessly across my needles. I found it didn't have any splitting issues either. After a wash and dry it has a beautiful drape and is much softer.

You can find the collection on Ravelry HERE, and on the Louet site HERE. There are 12 patterns in the collection. 11 are knit, and one is crochet.

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