It is always a great day when the new season’s Twist Collective comes out and I’m sure we’re not the only ones who cease all work to pour over each new pattern. This time, the real icing on the cake was a stunning new shawl design by lace super designer Susanna IC using Scrumptious 4 ply sport. Once we had stopped gazing adoringly at the images, we got in contact with Susanna to tell us more about this yummy design and her crafting career to date.
After nine years in Europe, Susanna IC now lives in San Antonio with her husband, two sons, one guinea pig and countless balls of yarn. She has an extensive background in studio arts and art history, which inspires much of her knitting. In addition to many online and print publications, such as Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, and Knitty, her projects and designs can be found on Ravelry, and on her website, www.ArtQualia.com.
The pattern itself is called Cerris and is a crescent shaped shawl worked from the scalloped lower edge to the top. It features a wide lace border worked with your choice of beads or bobbles, and a cabled centre section shaped with short rows. Quite frankly, we love it.
The feeling is apparently very mutual as Susanna really enjoyed Scrumptious yarn. Susanna described her process of working with Scrumptious as “a great experience”. She said, “the yarn has a wonderful stitch definition and does not split easily, which was important in creating the lace and cable textures. The generous silk content gave the finished shawls beautiful sheen and drape, while the deep, rich colors (Cherry and Midnight) were perfect for the two Cerris samples and the autumn season.” Depending on the size of shawl (small or large), Susanna’s design requires 1 (2) skein(s) Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-Ply Sport which comes in 399 yd (365 m) per 100 g skein and is made up of a luscious 45% Silk, 55% Superwash Merino.
Susanna explained her inspiration for the shawl. “In autumn, I love taking long walks through the forests. The air feels refreshing after the long, hot summer and I always find the changing colours of nature inspiring. I wanted to create a large and cozy shawl; something to wrap around to keep warm as days get colder in autumn. Cables combined with lace seemed the perfect pairing for this project and this textured pattern reminded me of leaves falling from oak trees - I find the variety of oak leaf shapes with their wavy edges fascinating. The shawl’s name comes directly from the original inspiration as well - ‘Cerris’ is one of the many oak species.”
You can find the Cerris pattern on Twist Collective here or on Ravelry here. Scrumptious 4 ply is currently in stock here at the shop. To keep up to date with new patterns in Fyberspates yarn, please come and join in the chatter on our Ravelry group or like our Facebook page.