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Wine Country Shawlette

This is the perfect little project to work on while enjoying all that Oregon Wine Country has to offer. The bobbles are reminiscent of ripe grapes, and once you are familiar with the cadence of the pattern, you barely need to pay attention, and can concentrate on the sights and flavors around you.

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Crinkled Corrugation

A little bit girly, a little bit utilitarian, this shawlette embodies my absolute favorite combination, knit-wear-wise: texture plus sweetness.

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Rimpled Mitts

Crisp twisted ribbing plus squishy garter stitch equals a really pleasing little pair of fingerless mitts. Made in a long-color-changing gradient yarn, these are super-special.

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Striae

This is a simple shawlette available in two different versions. The striping reminded me of the grooves formed by glaciers on Kelly’s Island in Ohio, a fantastic place that we used to go to as kids for family vacations. The most fun part about this pattern may just be picking the perfect two colors of a gorgeous hand-dyed sock yarn.

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Arms Akimbo Mitts

Wear these mitts all fall and winter long – they’ll keep your non-knitting parts good and toasty. Chevrons are a great way to add visual interest to the long color repeats of this yarn, and my favorite I-cord bind-off is featured at the top of the mitt.

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Leafy Greens

Inspired by a simple leaf motif and the loveliest green yarn in my stash, I played around with shawl shaping and pattern-mixing, and after a few fits and starts, came up with this pattern. In either fingering or sport, the long arms allow for many different wrapping styles, and construction gives the piece a soft curve in back.

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Emily Shmemily

A simple and lovely one-skein-of-sock-yarn shawlette that can easily be made larger, the edges can also be blocked flat or in points.

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Alma Lou

I first made this shawlette for my mother, Alma, for her birthday. We call her Alma Lou, because her middle name is, quite surprisingly, Lucretia. I wanted something simple, with a bit of frou-frou, but not too much. Eyelets seemed to be the way to go, and on a garter background, they’re almost rustic. This is a simple pattern with …

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Ananke

In Greek mythology, Ananke was the personification of destiny, necessity and fate. She was often depicted holding a spindle. How perfect! I feel that she compelled me to knit this shawlette, and a second, and to cast on for moremoremore. Give in to Ananke and knit one for yourself (or a friend)!

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Garter Hug

This is the perfect project for those times when you have some special yarn and just want it to hug you. Simple and meditative knitting at its finest.