August 11, 2010


A couple of weeks ago, yet another talented knitwear designer was so nice as to offer me a pre-release version of one of his newest patterns. The knitters among you certainly know that a shawl design by Stephen West is always a special treat, first and foremost because he is a master of creative and unusual constructions and shaping techniques. This time, however, the genius of the design does not lay in a complex silhouette, but in how a simple triangular shawl is structured through a sophisticated combination of garter stitch, stockinette stitch and k2p1-ribbing:


The contrast between these stitches is further enhanced by the use of two different colours, which gives the piece lovely clean lines as well as a nice geometric quality, and encourages to try out different combinations, both colour- and fibre-wise. The shawl is knitted from the neck down, and the colour of the centre portion [in this case: grey] is framed on both sides by a contrasting colour – this is achieved by using two skeins of that colour at the same time. The change between the colours works exactly like stranded knitting, which results in a neat little seam on the wrong side of the piece:

Flamboyan[t] Flamboyan[t]

Pattern: Flamboyan by Stephen West
Yarn: Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash [colour: Dornröschen] and
Geilsk 100% Uld [colour: 18 grey]
Needles: 3.5mm
[more project details on


A lovely little knit that will be put to good use as soon as the days will get chillier over here…

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