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Hello and welcome! I'm a knitter, photographer, designer and the creative director at Brooklyn Tweed. I use this notebook as a space to record inspiration and write about my creative work both inside and outside of BT. Thanks for reading, and don't be a stranger—I love hearing from you!

Celes

44 Comments September 17, 2010

To say that Shetland inspired me would be a total understatement.  When I got back, I had visions of lace and colorwork swimming in my head, even more so than I usually do.  For days afterwards I was engaged in swatching with endless color combinations from my wool closet and thinking about how I could translate just a bit of all that Beauty to a little piece of my own reality.  While feeling desperate for some traditional lace work, I came across a design I had begun in the Spring but time constraints and other distractions had gotten in the way.  It was like it had been waiting for me to come home for it.

Celes is my first attempt at bringing a little piece of Shetland home.  The motifs for both the Center panel and knitted-on lace edging are traditional Shetland stitch patterns that I find both arrestingly beautiful.  The center panel is a Tree & Diamond pattern, which is funny since trees are basically non-existent in Shetland.  The construction, too, is a nod to tradition, although updated slightly for ease of knitting and proper mirroring of vertical motifs.

The design is worked in fingering weight yarn — last winter on a visit to Bainbridge Island I had fallen head over heels for this lot of Isager Alpaca 2 — a 50/50 wool alpaca blend with silvery heathers and incredibly drape (it’s color 2105). It was screaming to be made into lace fabric.  I’m a huge fan of Marianne Isager‘s designs and yarns (her fingering weight Scottish wool is crisp, clean and wonderful) and knitting with this was a pleasure from start to finish.

The construction of the piece hinges around mirrored directional stitch patterns.  In order to create a mirroring of vertical motifs in the center panel, each half is worked separately (starting with a Provisional Cast On at the outer edge) and grafted at the center line using Kitchener Stitch.  To finish, a knitted-on lace edging is applied to the entire perimeter in place of any kind of bind off, framing the center panel.  If you’ve never worked a knitted-on edging before, this is a great project for practice.

The stole is a rectangle with approximate blocked dimensions of 74″ x 17″ — a generous size for wearing as a luxurious scarf as shown and still wide enough to wear as a shoulder wrap. (Tessa wears it so beautifully, doesn’t she?)  This type of project is great for seasonal transition from Summer into (and through) Fall.  Worked in Alpaca 2, the thing is deceptively warm for its lightness and will definitely also serve as Winter wear! On the day of our photoshoot, we had also been shooting some pieces worked in heavier weight wool yarns.  Tessa immediately reported this as being the warmest piece of the afternoon.  Alpaca is warm like that — I personally prefer it diluted with a goodly amount of wool, as here.

The pattern is available now as a PDF download either through Brooklyn Tweed or over on Ravelry.

The click from season-to-season is upon us, and nothing makes me happier than feeling that crispness in the air announcing Fall’s long-awaited arrival.  This Fall will be a big one for me, so I hope you’ll stay tuned for more as we knit our way into the cooler months.

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44 responses to “Celes”

  1. You’re killing me! I want to drop everything, including my job, my family responsibilities, and all my other knitting projects (including a Tweed Baby Blanket) to knit this piece of delicacy and gorgeousness. I’m breathless over this. (Can you tell?)

  2. Love it – it is gorgeous as always from you! Being from Denmark like Marianne Isager, I sometimes go to the wool mill where she gets her yarns made (Henrichsens Uldspinderi). That is a lovely place to visit in case you should ever go to Scandinavia.

  3. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love your photographs too, they really showcase the piece (and Tessa does wear it beautifully)!

  4. What color did you use? I want to make it just like it is in the picture. I already bought the pattern! It is gorgeous, thank you!

  5. You can be quite assured we’ll stay tuned! Lovely, lovely shawl. Quiet and soft, yet strikingly beautiful. As usual, impeccable.

  6. If only I were a good enough lace knitter (can’t keep track of anything) so that I could knit this. And I don’t usually like white/off white/etc., but I don’t want it in any other color.

  7. No wonder I liked this in this particular “white”. Turns out it’s actually silvery grey. (Should follow those links and read those comments more often!)

  8. Gorgeous! I live in a warmer climate, but love alpaca, so the idea of lightening up that lovely fiber with some wool and a lace pattern appeals immensely.

  9. Does anyone know if the scarf is knit in garter stitch or stockinette? It looks like stockinette to me but I just wondered. Either way it’s gorgeous!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous! I bought two skeins of Isager 2 at Knit Purl in Portland, just because I loved the colour and yarn so much, but had no idea what I would make with the yarn. Your pattern came along at just the right time! As always, you’re an inspiration.

  11. This is such a stunning piece. My yarn just arrived and I cannot wait to cast on. This is my first time commenting, but I just want to say how much I admire your impeccable taste. Everything you design has such timeless, beautiful detail. I even love the shirt your lovely model is wearing 🙂 I am a big fan of Shetland lace myself and I love the way you have integrated it into a comtemporary wardrobe. Well done!!

  12. Jared, hi! I also love her designs, I have her fan jacket OTNs from Japanese Inspired Knits.

    I also wanted to ask, I am also knitting Wayfarer using Shetland yarn (which I love by the way). I am where I can add length to the scarf. I bought 3 skeins and was wondering how much did the pattern use as is? Is there enough to add extra rows without running short at the end? TIA

    Not sure if you remember me, I was in your % class at the Spring Fling, I sat on the right as you face out towards the class, on the heavy side, with blonde hair

    Hugs,

    Cat

  13. […] simple (repetitive pattern, grey yarn, easily disguised as a scarf) and old (the Shetland lace that inspired Jared’s pattern). And I’d be lying if I said the Scottish heritage of this scarf didn’t tug at my 25% […]

  14. Jerrod,
    You’re patterns are wonderful, that being said this messages is for Tessa: we miss you in Portland! You look great! Miss you kid!

  15. hi – is it just me !! can any one explain why when i type in the yahoo browser “brooklyntweed.net” i get a different site yet whe i type it in google its ok? could this be a bug in my system or is any one else having same probs ?
    alfie saden

  16. […] it for a while, so i decided to make the most of it, and set myself the task of trying to finish the ‘celes’ scarf. finishing those mitts so quickly has given me the urge to finish more things, and i wanted to […]

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