Posts tagged #Hushpuppy

Bluetick Coonhound & Andrea's Shawl

Andrea’s Shawl, designed by Kristen Kapur, found its way onto my radar through a casual search on Ravelry, and once I saw it I knew that it would be a perfect colorwork pattern to show off a few skeins of Bluetick Coonhound.  The shawl offers itself in three sizes, and because it’s knit from the bottom to top, the differences in size are mostly noticeable in the edging.  I chose to make the smallest size out of one skein of Pavlov and one skein of Hushpuppy, two highly contrasting but delightfully compatible colors.  


The shawl starts out with a provisional cast on using the first color, the 7 stitch edging is worked to make the size specified.  I found that it went rather quickly, and it was easy enough to tell where in the 4 row pattern I was at if I lost track.  After the edging completion, the yarn is cut and stitches are picked up along the straight side of the edge. Once the stitches have been picked up, the lace pattern begins; although the lace looks somewhat complicated when looking at the finished project, the pattern was very simple to complete.  After the border section is completed, the second color is switched in every other two rows in stockinette, decreasing until there are only a few stitches left.  A final edging is added to match the bottom edging, with stitches picked up all along the body.

I found this pattern to be very fun to make because of the lace edging and the visual interest of using more than one color, and it only took a week to make.  The shawl really stands out in Bluetick Coonhound because of the yarn’s incredible stitch definition, and the texture of the shawl very smooth and smooshy.  It’s heavy enough of a shawl to keep shoulders covered on chilly days, yet it was light enough to wear while I was in Florida in the springtime.  Plus, when there are so many great color combinations waiting to be made in our line, what’s stopping you from casting on?  The pattern can be purchased here.


Posted on January 1, 2014 and filed under Pattern Review.

Afghan Hound & Thendara

In the midst of completing the Yarnbox project, I decided it would be important to demonstrate how the two yarns can be used together in one project using a more popular pattern.  In thinking of what would fill these requirements, my mind immediately went to any pattern of Stephen West's, as he loves to use stripes throughout many of his patterns.  I chose Thendara because of the pleasant geometrical shape, and because it fit the yardage and yarn thickness requirements.  I was able to complete the shawl with only two skeins of Afghan Hound with the main color Hushpuppy, and the secondary color Sirius, with a few fewer rows made in the end.  If you have more skeins to use, the pattern gives an option for a larger version.

The shawl begins at the inner center, and after an edge is created in the main color, it begins to stripe and expand. The ridges of color expanding from the center are created from slipped stitches of the main color.  For the first part of the pattern, the shawl is only four sections, but after a measured completion of a delightfully memorizable four rows, the pattern recreates two more of the center cast on splits.  This creates three "square" sections, with four middle or end sections interspersed around them.  The pattern finishes with garter stitch to make an edge that doesn't curl.


The pattern is very well written and left me having no questions about how to proceed while being a lot of fun to complete.  My favorite thing about the design is how it uses both garter stitch rows and stockinette rows to create different types of textured stripes.  I was able to enjoy wearing this shawl to experience how well it functioned on my honeymoon in Vancouver, where most days were cool enough that it required some sort of sweater or scarf.  I tend to wear shawls just over my shoulders and rarely tied, and having the silk and wool blend over my shoulders kept me surprisingly warm as we wandered through the city.

Posted on November 6, 2013 and filed under Pattern Review.