Need a stress-free summer project?
Cast-on our “Stargazing Shawlette”! An instantly gratifying knitting project, this shawlette works up quickly on a US size 8 or 9 circular needle and uses just two skeins of Knit Collage Stargazer.
If you’re new to lace, or looking for a simple pattern for relaxed knitting, this pattern is perfect. After the stockinette section, the lace edging is made in two simple rows, repeated six times. An easy pattern, but elegant and interesting when knit in Knit Collage Stargazer. The muted twinkle of brass sequins and the sheen of hand-spun silk combine to add a touch of glamor to any outfit!
When you work with Knit Collage yarns, you can tell that a lot of time and care goes in to making each skein a joyous gallimaufry of wool, ribbons, sequins, bright baubles and hand-crocheted trims.
We simply adore the nubbly, organic textures and colors of Knit Collage yarns. No two skeins are completely alike! And, with seven rich shades of Stargazer and five other yarn collections from Knit Collage to choose from, you can easily turn basic stockinette and garter stitch into knitted art!
Prior to working at Knit Culture Studio, I had never actually seen Knit Collage yarns in person. As soon as I got to handle Knit Collage Gypsy Garden (delightful!) I wanted to learn more about how the yarns were made. So, I got in touch with Amy Small (pictured below), the founder and creative director of Knit Collage, to find out more about her creative process.
Five Questions for Amy Small of Knit Collage
1. How do you determine what kinds of bits and baubles can or cannot be spun into Knit Collage Yarn?
I spend a bunch of time thinking about it. I lay all the fiber colors and all the various trims I’ve collected and put them into piles according to what I like together. Then I do a lot of spinning to figure out the yarn recipe I like the best!
2. Where do you find all these little treasures to add to your yarn?
I source them from the trim markets in Delhi to get ideas. Then I show them to the women who make all of our trims and can usually make a better version of it themselves! We try to make most of the trim ourselves. It’s more fun and it’s easier from a production stand point, I am free to choose any color!
3. Do you find pragmatic considerations (durability, color-fastness, etc.) interrupt the creative process?
YES!!! I am always falling in love with the most time consuming trim or spinning process!!! It’s a reality check that I can’t afford everything I want. It can be really discouraging, but that’s all part of the design process! Sometimes it forces you to come up with something really beautiful that you wouldn’t have thought of unless that problem came up.
4. What’s on your needles now?
Do you have any time to do your own spinning?
Yes! I’m knitting this amazing blanket on size 36 circular needles with an I-cord border. It was designed by a woman who works at a LYS near me. I can’t wait to blog about it! I’m also spinning a bunch of new ideas for the TNNA, always experimenting. So fun!
5. What’s coming up for Knit Collage?
Any new designer collaborations to look forward to?
We are working on some new yarns for the next TNNA in June that I am super excited about! I am also hoping to design some knitting kits with yarn, patterns, & needles for the next holiday season. We have a bunch of new patterns we plan to launch in June as well. (Including two new sweater designs that I am really excited about!)
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- FREE “Stargazing Shawlette” pattern! (ETA: pattern updated on 11/5/2013)
- More Knit Collage Stargazer !
- More Knit Collage yarn collections!
- More FREE knitting patterns from Knit Culture Studio!
- Visit the Knit Collage blog!