The ubiquitous brick textures in Portland, Maine, were the inspiration for this lightweight shawl in Finch by Leila Raabe. Knitted sideways on the bias, beginning at one side point and widening to the opposite side, the simple textured border takes half its stitches from the wide edge of the final row and picks up along the side of the rows to create the finishing touches for this nearly-symmetrical triangle.
77" [195.5 cm] wingspan and 17" [43 cm] deep
finch / damson 149 / 4 skeins / Note: The sample used almost all of 3 skeins. An extra skein is required for swatching purposes.
32" circular in size US 8 [5 mm]
19 sts and 38 rows = 4" [10 cm] in brick pattern, after blocking
Long-tail (link provided); increasing, decreasing, picking up stitches. Charts and line-by-line instructions included.
49" [124.5 cm] wide across top edge, 25½" [65 cm] long at center spine
chickadee / split pea 130 / 3 skeins / Note: Sample used 3 entire skeins, consider ordering an extra skein to be safe.
32" circular in size US 6 [4 mm] / one dpn in size US 8 [5 mm]
22 sts and 32 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette stitch, unblocked
Shawl is a triangle knitted from the top down.
Increasing, cables, twisted stitches. Charts and line-by-line instructions provided.
The Sully blanket by Leila Raabe features simple stripes in four colors with a subtle seed-stitch detail between them. A garter stitch border is picked up to polish off the edges. Go for bold as shown, or take a tone-on-tone approach. This one's a tried-and-true smile-maker, and the designer's most highly requested "please write a pattern for this!" project over the years.
33" [84 cm] wide and 33" [84 cm] long
willet / 2 skeins dinghy 710 / 3 skeins starboard 702 / 2 skeins flare 705 / 2 skeins windlass 708
40" circular in size US 5 [3.75 mm]
21 sts and 28 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette stitch, after blocking
Long-tail cast on (link provided); increasing, picking up stitches, working in the round.