Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Aviation is the shawl pattern I designed exclusively for the Plucky Knitter's 2014 Shindig, but it's  now  available for anybody who wants to make one.  

As I mentioned a while ago, one of my goals this year is to play with shawl construction - and this design is my foray into the world of tip to tip shawls.  It’s a long crescent shaped piece - knit from one end to the other, with both the lace and the shaping worked as you go.

A distinct leaf motif edges the shawl, and ribs divide the body of the crescent into wedges that grow wider as you work towards the center and then narrower as you reach the far end.  I love how the bold garter and ribs balance out the feminine leaf edging to make this both rustic and delicate at the same time.

And it's cozy.  I made sure that it would be nice and big - so it feels and looks great when draped around your neck and it's long enough to be thrown across your shoulders and stay put.

Aviation  was designed to showcase a single ply merino silk fingering yarn, such as Plucky Single because I think it's just the perfect kind of yarn for a summer wrap - beautiful to look at and delicate to wear, but still a nice enough weight for a cool night or a little AC.  It’s just a bit rustic, but consistent enough to show the stitch definition in both garter and lace perfectly, and the subtle sheen of the silk and the a touch of variation in the shading really add something special to the fabric.  As always, that Sarah knows her stuff.


The shawl takes two skeins - or 860 yards, which you can perhaps pick up tonight, as there is about to be a Plucky Knitter update at 8pm.  Update Details are here, post # 303.


A few shawl details are below and the rest are on the Ravelry page
The pattern can be purchased for 6.50, but for a limited time - read below for a little deal!

Yarn:  The Plucky Knitter Plucky Single (merino/silk single ply yarn).  Shown in I feel Pretty.  2 skeins (430 yds per skein) 
Finished Size:  Length from tip to tip = 75",  Depth at center = 15.75" 
Gauge:  6.5 sts/7 rows in 1" in stockinette.  If working at different gauge, finished size will vary.
Needles:  US#6/4mm needles or size to get gauge. 


Until 6/20, you can use the code AVIATION and get Aviation for 50% off the usual price.   
You can do the same with Jill Z's Wavelength pattern and the code WAVELENGTH.   Especially appropriate since you can hit the update tonight, yes?

If you don't have Plucky Single and want to substitute, I suggest another silk merino fingering yarn, with very subtle variation in color and a nice, consistent fiber.  

As for the drink, an Aviation is one of my new favorites - and the vague purple color made it the perfect name for this shawl!


1 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 tsp maraschino liqueur
1/2 oz. créme de violette

Shake with ice in a jigger and strain into your glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, or maybe a little twist of lime.   Give it a try.


Debbie said...

Ah, I had noticed this shawl on your home page and had tried to find it on Rav! Love it and into my cart/queue it goes!

Marcia Walsh said...

I can't find the color I Feel Pretty, which is gorgeous! Suggestions?

Thea said...

Marcia, Look on the Plucky destash/ISO board on Ravelry. You can post that you want some if it's not there - somebody may have some -- If not, After Dark is a close blue to this with some nice undertones!

Patty said...

Beautiful! As is Shaken or Stirred! Happy Summer Thea!

Marcia Walsh said...