15 Feb

faaborg

Faaborg shawl

The Faaborg shawl (or Fåborg as written in Danish) is a delightfully whimsical shawl – a lovely layering piece with a lot of playful character and substance. This is certainly a shawl that will keep you warm and cozy in the most turbulent of autumn and winter weather.

Start the shawl with a garter stitch tab. The colorwork in the border is done using the slip-stitch mosaic technique, so you will be handling only one strand of yarn at all times. The border patterning is both charted and written out.


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Difficulty level

Knit the triangle-shaped Faaborg shawl from the top-down, starting with a garter tab cast-on. The edging uses the slip-stitch mosaic colorwork technique. Stitches used include knit, purl, m1bl, k2tog tbl, as well as slipping stitches.

This pattern is suitable for the intermediate to advanced knitter.

Sizes and finished measurements

One size – finished dimensions of the sample shawl: 193 cm (76 inches) along the upper edge and a depth of 84 cm (33 inches), measured after blocking.

Change the size of the shawl by using heavier or lighter weight yarn and/or working less (or more) repeats of the various sections. This will, of course, change the amount of yarn needed.

Pattern details

  • Gauge: approx. 12.5 sts / 22 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) over stockinette, after blocking.
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie)
  • Digital PDF has 4 pages (letter size)

Materials

  • Yarn: MC – 450 m (492 yds) / 150 g CaMaRose Økologisk Hverdagsuld (100% wool; 150 m (164 yds) / 50 g) in Mørk Okker 37. CC – 150 m (164 yds) / 50 g Tusindfryds Hverdagsuld (100% wool; 150 m (164 yds) / 50 g) in 47/39870 brown. Substitute any 2-ply 100% wool DK or sport weight yarn for a similar result.
  • Size 4 mm (US 6) / 80 cm (32 inches) circular needles
  • Size 4.5 mm (US 7) / 80 cm (32 inches) circular needles
  • Yarn needle
  • 4 stitch markers
27 Sep

gift for yourself

Everyone knows that specific projects require specific yarn. Think for example of yarns made from material that breathes well like linen or cotton for summer stuff, nice warm yarns for winter woollens and easily washable material such as acrylic or cotton for kids’ stuff.

Because in the Netherlands yarn shops are not very abundant, I often fall back on whatever I can grab at the Zeeman, the Wibra and (if you’re lucky) the Lidl or Hema. For a lot of things this is of course perfectly fine. But sometimes, sometimes I just want to pamper myself!

When that happens I do not want acrylic or cotton and then I do not want colors that everyone already has, then I want something special … Yarn made from luxury materials like the softest merino wool, alpaca or silk. Then I want hand-dyed wool in which you can see the craftsmanship in the the rich hues and colors.

Perhaps I have become a bit of a yarn snob in that respect. On the other hand, even an expensive skein of hand-dyed wool is much cheaper than many other hobbies. Also, that single skein of luxury fingering weight yarn would already be enough for a scarf or shawl. Plenty yarn for many hours of knitting fun and then you also have a finished piece giving years of wearing pleasure.

My favorite: Siidegarte

My favorite luxury yarns are from Siidegarte, which loosely translates as “silk garden”. Siidegarte consists of the Swiss duo Gaby and Fides, who dye locally spun silk yarn in the most beautiful colors. I did not know it before I came into contact with Siidegarte, but making silk yarns and trading in them has played an important part in the history of Switzerland.

The photos are from various skeins of their Siide-Fideel and Siide-Quirlig yarns that I am lucky enough to have in my possession. I can assure you, it’s really a treat to knit with this yarn! What is really wonderful, is that the skeins of fingering weight yarn contain do not contain 100 g as is usual for fingering weight, but a generous 110 to 120 g depending on the type of yarn. More than enough for a generous sized shawl!

Sneak peek

The pictures of shawls in this post are what I made ​​from two of these three lovely Siidegarte yarns I have in my stash. As you can see, it knits up really beautifully. The pink Lelie shawl is available here and here though Ravelry. The pattern of the green Olivijn shawl will be available later this year.