Every summer I find myself suddenly without anything hand-knit to wear – even the biggest wool-lovers among us will have to admit that Merino tends to lose its appeal once it’s 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) or more. So this summer I thought I would be clever and knit myself a shawlette out of a nice cotton yarn with long color changes. It has a cute little bud-stitch pattern that has a subtle lace-like appearance, biased construction and wavy or pointy edges. You can knit it until your yarn is used up, just to the size you love to wear. Knit it now using a cotton or cotton blend so you will have it ready for next summer (unlike me, who finished it just now in the fall), or use a cozy woolen yarn with pretty color changes like Schoppel Zauberball Cotton to be stylish and warm this season.
Measurements of shawlette in the pictures: 167 cm (67 in) x 48 cm (19 in)
We carry the pretty and amazing yarn Schoppel Zauberball Cotton here in Strickmich! Shop in a number of fun colorways.The pattern "Buds & Bumbles" is part of Martina Behms book "The Hitchhiker Collection".
Summers of my childhood were spent camping on the island Fehmarn (Baltic Sea), where my father had grown up and my mom had strong family ties. During the six weeks of summer vacation, we had a few lazy sunny days at the beach, where we snacked on rolls with cheese and wurst prepared in the morning that had that certain beachy taste and crunched from the grains of sand they had gathered. Most of the time it rained hard, and we would sit in our caravan playing cards, snuggled up in the few summer clothes we had packed while being too optimistic about the weather. On those days, this shawlette would have been perfect: The colors of the Baltic Sea and the rain, and a pattern of small summery waves, adding just a little warmth on not-so-hot summer days.The shawlette is knit on the bias, giving the classic chevron pattern an unusual twist. Each side of the triangle shows a differently shaped wave – just like the Baltic Sea in wild weather.
In this video I talk about the yarn and the pattern.
Measurements Length 140 cm (56 in), Depth 32 cm (13 in) Shawlette size is adaptable to the amount of yarn you have.The pattern "Baltic Summer" is part of Martina Behms book "The Hitchhiker Collection".
Shawlettes in garter stitch are my favorite: They look great in a colorful yarn, they are squishy and warm your neck, and they are so easy to knit that even beginners will enjoy making them. This shawlette is named “Easy” because it is just that: So simple to knit, but the biased construction and change of knitting direction will bring out the best of a multicolored yarn. It is long and skinny and can be wrapped around several times, or tied with a knot – and it uses only 459 yards of fingering weight yarn.
Length: ca. 200 cm (80 inches), Depth ca. 24 cm (10 inches)
You start in one corner and knit a long triangle until 50% of your yarn is used up. Then you change the direction and modularly add a second triangle (no seaming required) – and you have made a colorful addition to your wardrobe!The pattern "Easy" is part of Martina Behms book "Strickmich! Knitting Inventions".
Addi Circulars with 80 cm (32 in) length and extra sharp tips are ideally suited for most of Martina Behm's designs. These needles are great quality "Made in Germany", and they make even the most complicated lace pattern a pleasure to knit. The needle sizes are printed on the cable (metric and US). Addi lace needle tips are made from shiny brass and nickel-free.
Our Strickmich! Project bag is made of organic cotton in southern Germany by Manomama – a company that offers jobs to people who have difficulties finding work elsewhere, making cool organic fashion and accessories – check out their website!
width 24 cm (9.5 inches)
length 26 cm (10.4 inches)
diameter of round bottom: 15 cm (6 inches)
Material: 100% Organic Cotton
Machine wash cold.
So colorful, so soft and so exciting: Zauberball "Crazy Cotton" will suprise you with its ever-changing color combinations out of two strands of gradient organic cotton yarn. It's wonderful for a summer shawl or loved ones who don't like wool. The beautiful color changes look best when knit up in an unusual construction like Strider, Puerto Montt or Match & Move.
Softer than cotton, cooler than linen and wrinkle-free – "Morning Salutation" by Kremke Soul Wool is a summer knitter's dream come true! 51% Lyocell made out of unwanted wood cuts and 49% cotton will make it flow smoothly through your hands and be a pleasant yarn even in high temperatures. No yoga necessary!
This yarn has a beautiful weight to it (110 m / 50 g) that will give your shawls amazing drape. It's perfect for shawls with lace or structural patterns or cables, also for sweaters and cardigans. The perfect choice for everyone who would like to go without animal fiber!
Note: All designs made for "Cheeky Merino Joy" by Rosy Green Wool can also be worked with this yarn, as they are similar in diameter. Due to the different yardages, you will need 150 g (3 skeins) of "Morning Salutation" to substitute 100 g (1 skein) of Cheeky Merino Joy.The sample "Treehiker" from our book "Hitchhiker Collection" was made out of 200 g (four balls) of this yarn, colorway "11 Gold".
This yarn is like a magic trick! "Crazy Zauberball" by German manufacturer Schoppel consists of 75% wool mixed with 25% Polyamide and has the most stunning color variations. Perfect for interestingly constructed hats! The color changes make the knitting extra fun, and the result looks just cool and special. The yarn is very light and durable and becomes soft after the first wash. One skein (100 g) are sufficient for an adult sized hat (ca. 50-55 g) plus a kid sized hat (ca. 40-45 g). It's also perfect to make a prettily striped Hitchhiker, Lintilla, Puerto Montt or Easy shawlette. Yarns by Schoppel are made with mulesing-free wool from South AmericaPlease note that each Zauberball is an individual and may look different than the ones shown in these pictures.The samples "Easy" and "Ecken + Kanten" from the book "Strickmich! Knitting Inventions" were made out of 100 g (one ball) of this yarn each, colorways "Sanduhr" and "Papagei"