Beatrice Mase is one of our favorite designers for shawls, socks, and mittens. We asked her to design a shawl for Christmas with peace in mind. After a changeable and challenging year, we felt that ending it with a soft peaceful knit would be what we all need. Here is what she is working on called the Fuyu Shawl which means winter in Japanese. Here are some thoughts from Beatrice on the process of the shawl.
“A walk in the woods in October. Leaves are falling on my knitting and making themselves comfortable. Autumn is everywhere but I’m thinking of winter. I want to design a winter shawl – light and warm, rustic and elegant, comforting, and beautiful with some natural merino/linen and two seasonal colors from Litlg. My inspiration is always the time or place that I’m in and the yarn that has called to me. My job is to piece both these aspects together to create a design. Here are some images of what I’ve created so far, pattern should be finished in a few weeks and kits will be available on litlg.com they would be the loveliest Christmas present for that special knitter in your life or a wonderful peacefully knit for yourself.
“I always fall for rich browns and dark yellows but my inspiration this time is to cast on with the gorgeous natural merino linen, and contrast it (both in colors and bases) with a darker variegated colorways. I love how soft these singles base feels.
On a background of merino linen, I want the contrast colors to appear barely knitted, like delicate fallen leaves settling comfortably against the rustic off-white, highlighting its beauty.
I have never liked the idea of a side being wrong. What’s wrong with the wrong side, so I’ve chosen stitches which, while looking good and complimenting one another on both sides, show off the wonderful colors.”
Kits will be available in the coming weeks with the printed pattern just in time for Xmas.
We already love her previous designs on Ravelry and we have some kits currently in our store for the following patterns: