I'm happy and excited to be adding a new designer to the store this week! Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits is has been designing unique and fabulous knits since 2014. Andrea describes her style as fun and modern, she loves learning new knitting techniques and aims to pass those on to other knitters through her patterns.
The first of Andrea's knitting patterns I want to share with you is the Om Shawl. This is a cosy stole that can be worn in a multitude of different ways to suit what you are wearing or doing. Drape it around your back and over your arms, button up the top sides and pull it over your head like a poncho, button half of the side buttons and wrap it twice around your neck like a cowl letting the corners drape down like a triangle shawl. Lay it over your lap for some extra warmth on a chilly morning as you sip tea. Button all of the side buttons and use it as a nursing cowl. The options are endless!
There's lots of texture going on in this project, and it incorporates colour too so in my book that's everything I want from a knitting project!
Andrea's patterns are well written with both written instructions for the colourwork sections and charts. You might wish to upsize your knitting needle for the colourwork sections to ensure your gauge isn't too tight.
Chose a worsted weight yarn, the original sample was knit in O-wool Classic Worsted. I love Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok for knitting the Om Shawl; you've a good range of colours to chose from, there are 21 colours together! Woolstok so comes in five neutral shades in 150g skeins which would be ideal to use as your primary colour.
Lots of knitters have already knit their Om Shawls in Woolstok including Andri (Andriknitsalot on Ravelry) who has kindly allowed us to share her finished project. Andri used Woolstok in Storm Cloud, Golden Meadow, Grey Harbor and Cast Iron.
How about one of these great colour combinations of Woolstok to knit the Om Shawl
Worsted Weight: MC - 595 m / 650 yd; CC1, CC2, CC3 - 70 m / 150 yd
Our Recommended Yarn: Blue Sky Fibres Woolstok (100% Fine Highland Wool, 112m / 50g) MC - 6 50g skeins or 2 150g skeins; CC1, CC2, CC3 - 2 50g skeins of each contrast colour
16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm / 4", after blocking in stocking stitch
6.5mm / US 10.5 80cm and 100cm circular recommended but it will depend on your gauge
19 - 2.25cm buttons
71cm / 28" x 142cm / 56"
Om Shawl is available to purchase on Ravelry as a downloadable PDF or from our shop in a printed format. We also stock Woolstok if you are tempted to cast on you can be wrapping yourself in your cosy stole in no time!
I'm taking a closer look at my Gryer Shawl today on the blog along with my tips on the things to do if you are planning a visit Amsterdam.