Issue 117 of Knitting is in the shops now and wow, what a fantastic issue it is. Full of summer designs which are still perfect if we end up having a typical British summer.
Photos of Fantasia are courtesy of Knitting magazine/GMC.
It's lightweight and airy with a delicate diamond shaped lace pattern and it's an easy and fun shape to knit. Fantasia starts with the lace section worked from the hem up. After the lace section, the crescent shape is achieved by working a combination of short rows and decreases. Once you get to this point it's very easy knitting till the shawl is done. Then block it and you've got yourself a stunning accessory which you can wear all year round.
This shawl shape is flattering and easy to wear whatevery size and shapw you are. Why not knit it for a good friend or relative? Or perhaps you know someone who will be a bride soon? I'm sure she'd love to wear this on her special day.
Fantasia is knitted in my own hand-dyed Silky Camel Lace which is one of the most amazing yarns you'll ever have knitted with (unless you've had the luck of knitting with quiviut, I'd say this is the most luxurious blend ever). You just need one 100gr skein of laceweight yarn (which is 800m).
A big thank you to Frances, who knitted the sample for me.
And even better, you can order a skein in any of the colours currently available (there's a big selection at the moment) or you can order it in the Rosy Pink colourway used in the magazine. I'm taking customer orders for this now and the yarn will be posted out within 2-3 weeks of ordering. Hopefully I'll get it out much quicker than though.
You can pre-order the Silky Camel Lace in Rosy Pink here and favourite the pattern and see the full details here.
Who would you knit the Fantasia Shawl for?