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Classic Elite Yarns

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www.classiceliteyarns.com

COVER DESIGN BY DIANE LAMPHRON PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACK DEUTSCH

sixthandspringbooks.com

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Some of today’s most talented knitting designers have created a gorgeous collection of shawls, wraps, and scarves that explore the possibilities of color, fiber, and stitch. Each designer took one idea and transformed it into three different patterns, resulting in dozens of sensational designs. Knit in a beautiful array of fibers from Classic Elite Yarns, these designs will dazzle knitters with their originality and versatility. Choose your favorite from each trio or knit them all. The possibilities are endless! CRAFTS KNITTING

PRIN TED IN C HIN A

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$19.95 • $23.95 CAN

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20 IDEAS • 3 WAYS



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Shawls,Wraps Scarves



Classic Elite Yarns was founded in the 1940s as part of an old-line textile manufacturing mill in Lowell, Massachusetts. Although no longer in the manufacturing business, Classic Elite Yarns has stayed true to its heritage BETSY PERRY, and focuses on distributing President and owner, fine hand-knitting yarns from Classic Elite numerous yarn-producing Yarns countries to neighborhood yarn shops large and small. Owned and operated by a (mostly female) dedicated group of yarnies, CEY’s yarns can be found in nearly every major knitting magazine, including Vogue® Knitting and Interweave Knits, and in numerous online publications. In addition to being the yarns of choice for talented designers, CEY yarns are loved by knitters and crocheters around the world.

CLASSIC ELITE

S TA R T W I T H

20 ideas x 3 ways = dozens of fabulous possibilities!

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CLASSIC ELITE

$19.95 • $23.95 CAN

Shawls,Wraps Scarves 20 Ideas • 3 Ways

CLASSIC ELITE

Shawls,Wraps Scarves 20 Ideas • 3 Ways What do you get when you take twenty intriguing ideas and create three designs for each? Dozens of fabulous designs for shawls, wraps, scarves, capelets, cowls, and more.

BLOCK PARTY

This mini-collection of three versatile pieces features a blend of linen, wool, and alpaca in block and garter stitch.

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CREAM & SUGAR

Take three yarns in delicate shades of white and whip into gorgeous confections featuring the same beautiful lace stitch.

ISBN 978-1-936096-52-7 51995

9 781936 096527

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JUST PEACHY

An oh-so-feminine trio of wraps worked in a beehive and faggoting lace stitch and finished with delicate crocheted edgings.


To Chelsea ●

Who brought laughter into our workplace, adored the creative process, and sometimes ate cake for breakfast.

161 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013 Editorial Director Photography JOY AQUILINO JACK DEUTSCH Senior Editor MICHELLE BREDESON

Technical Illustrations ULI MONCH

Art Director DIANE LAMPHRON

Stylist KHALIAH JONES

Yarn Editor CHRISTINA BEHNKE

Hair & Makeup Sokphalla Ban

Instructions Editors LISA BUCCELLATO JEANNIE CHIN BARBARA KHOURI AMY POLCYN LORI STEINBERG Instructions Proofreaders STEPHANIE MRSE CHARLOTTE PARRY JUDITH SLOAN

Vice President, Publisher TRISHA MALCOLM Creative Director JOE VIOR Production Manager DAVID JOINNIDES President ART JOINNIDES

Copy Editor LISA SILVERMAN Copyright © 2012 by Sixth&Spring Books All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means—graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage-and-retrieval systems—without written permission of the publisher. The written instructions, photographs, designs, projects, and patterns are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of the retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced in any form for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy patterns for the personal use of the retail purchaser. ISBN: 978-1-936096-52-7 Library of Congress Control Number: 2012947640 Manufactured in China 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 First Edition

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Contents INTRODUCTION

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Fun & Funky

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THE PROJECTS Easy Stripes

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Short Rows

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Just Peachy

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Jewel Tones

16 Nordic Star

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Pretty in Pink

22 Bars & Stripes

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Block Party

28 Silk & Cotton

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Power Cables

36 Cream & Sugar

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Daisy Chain

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Shades of Gray

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Lacy Leaves

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Red Alert!

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Wrap Stars

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Rich Ruffles

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Light & Lacy

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Linen Stitch

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HELPFUL INFORMATION Abbreviations

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Knitting Needles

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Metric Conversions

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Skill Levels

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Gauge

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Standard Yarn Weight System

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Yarn Resource

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Index

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Easy Stripes page 10

Jewel Tones page 16

1 Striped shawl 12

1 Buttoned neck wrap 18

2 Striped shawlette 15

2 Shawlette 19

3 Striped cowl 15

3 Coat scarf 20

Pretty in Pink page 22

Block Party page 28

1 Swirl-edged stole 24

1 Asymmetrical shrug 30

2 Single-repeat scarf 26

2 Block & garter scarf 32

3 Multiple-repeat scarf 27

3 Cowlneck capelet 35


Power Cables page 36

Daisy Chain page 44

Shades of Gray page 50

Lacy Leaves page 56

1 Cabled scarf 38

1 Keyhole scarf 46

1 Worsted weight scarf 52

1 Leaf lace ruff 58

2 Cabled neck warmer 41

2 Jabot 47

2 Laceweight scarf 53

2 Leaf lace shawl 60

3 Cabled wrap 42

3 Patchwork scarf 48

3 Chunky scarf 54

3 Leaf lace scarf 64

Linen Stitch page 98

Fun & Funky page 104

Short Rows page 110

Just Peachy page 118

1 Variegated scarf 100

1 I-cord scarf 106

1 Eyelet scarf 112

1 Triangle shawl 120

2 Three-color scarf 101

2 Zigzag scarf 108

2 Wedge scarf 114

2 Beehive lace scarf 122

3 Solid-color scarf 102

3 Loop scarf 109

3 Light lace shawl 116

3 Collared capelet 122


Red Alert! page 66

Wrap Stars page 72

Rich Ruffles page 80

Light & Lacy page 88

1 Mohair capelet 68

1 Zigzag wrap 74

1 Ruffled cowl 82

1 Chunky lace stole 90

2 Mohair scarf 69

2 Zigzag capelet 76

2 Ruffled scarf 84

2 Hooded scarf 93

3 Mohair wrap 71

3 Zigzag cowl 79

3 Ruffled wrap 87

3 Light lace wrap 94

Nordic Star page 126

Bars & Stripes page 134

Silk & Cotton page 140

Cream & Sugar page 150

1 Striped scarf 128

1 Striped muffler 136

1 Eyelet cowl 142

1 Lace cowl 152

2 Asymmetrical scarf 130

2 Buttoned wrap 137

2 Leaf motif scarf 144

2 Lace shawlette 155

3 Buttoned gaiter 132

3 Striped infinity scarf 138

3 Leaf poncho 146

3 Lace wrap 156


INTRODUCTION

The Magic of Transformation How many times have you heard beginner knitters say, “I can’t really knit, I can only make scarves”? “Only scarves”? How did an accessory so versatile, so stylish, and so adaptable fall by the wayside? The scarf should be celebrated, not dismissed as a glorified rectangle. Change the shape and it’s a shawl. Increase the surface area and it becomes a wrap. Sew the ends together or add some shaping and it can be a cowl, a capelet, or even a poncho. Yes, the lowly scarf is capable of complete transformation. Transformation is the theme of this book. Isn’t knitting itself a transformation? It’s only natural to draw a comparison between knitting and alchemy, the magical process of turning something ordinary into gold. Every handknitted piece is made using the most rudimentary tools: sticks and some string. Every texture is created with, essentially, a combination of knit and purl stitches. The magic occurs when you let your imagination take over. The designers featured here were tasked with taking a single idea and transforming it into three different looks. These projects started with a tiny spark of inspiration . . . a silhouette, a stitch pattern, a technique. Then, each designer’s “collection” became an exploration of that theme. A look through the designs reveals swatches conceived and reconceived in wild textures and colors and in a variety of shapes. You'll find multidirectional knits and fabric sculpted into three dimensions, surprising constructions, and unexpected design elements. Eyelets and lace emerge from chunky wool and ethereal mohair alike. The sixty designs range from cute to whimsical to elegant. Of course, you’ll find the usual suspects, such as Silky Alpaca Lace and MountainTop Vail, knit into the lace patterns they lend themselves to so well. But what about a striped cowl in chunky,

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organic cotton Sprout? Or a lace pattern knit in light-as-air mohair Pirouette alongside the same pattern in bulky, single-ply extrafine merino Ariosa? It’s all about transformation. The wide variety of projects in this book begs the question: Why do scarves seem so simple to beginners? Could it be their size? One of the best things about scarves, shawls, and wraps is that no yarn is too funky and no technique is too difficult when you’re working on such a seemingly small canvas (though many a knitter will tell you that the “scarves are small” line of thinking is a total fallacy). A small project such as a cowl or a scarf presents the perfect opportunity to take a chance with a color you would never wear in a garment. Another reason to cast on is the opportunity to try a technique that has always intimidated you. Cables? Piece of cake. Lace? Sure! Colorwork? Why not? In any case, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste. Take some time to flip through these pages and follow the creative journeys of the seventeen designers featured in this book. You just might be surprised.

Betsy Perry, PRESIDENT AND OWNER, CLASSIC ELITE YARNS




Three times as nice

By each taking a single idea—a stitch, a yarn, or both, as with Linda Medina's Block Party — and transforming it into three fabulous designs, the designers featured here have created an inspirational collection of knitterly ingenuity. See page 28.

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The Projects


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Easy Stripes

Stripe it rich with SUSAN MILLS´s openwork wraps. Two shades of variegated yarn in each knit give the impression of many colors with minimal effort. 1 In soft tones of moss, indigo, and dust, this STRIPED SHAWL knit in Alpaca Sox makes a sumptuous addition to any outfit, any time of the year. 2 This STRIPED SHAWLETTE knit in Liberty Wool Light can also be worn kerchief-style by wrapping it around the neck from front to back to front and tying in the front. 3 The bright colors in this STRIPED COWL knit in variegated Liberty Wool Light lend a perfect contrast to the biting days of fall or winter.

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Pretty in Pink

By playing with yarn weight and varying the use of the swirl-stitch pattern, CAROL SULCOSKI creates three very different but equally lovely pink wraps. 1 A single repeat of the swirl stitch pattern becomes a delicate border in this ethereal SWIRL-EDGED STOLE. 2 This easy-to-knit SINGLE-REPEAT SCARF is worked in chunky Toboggan in a sweet ballerina pink. 3 Garter stitch edgings frame this MULTIPLE-REPEAT SCARF knit in luscious Inca Alpaca. The mediumweight yarn creates a scarf that will carry you through multiple seasons.

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Light & Lacy

JACQUELINE VAN DILLEN’s trio of lace wraps brings to mind shades of blue and green sea glass. Any one would make a perfect cover-up for strolling along the ocean. 1 This CHUNKY LACE STOLE is worked in unbelievably soft merino Ariosa. The allover lace pattern keeps it from being too heavy. 2 This luscious design is simply a rectangle that has been partially seamed to create a sumptuous HOODED SCARF. 3 This LIGHT LACE WRAP is knit in two halves and seamed. A pretty leaf lace border follows the curve.

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CLASSIC ELITE_COVER_FINALrev2.1:Layout 1

9/21/12

2:54 PM

Page 1

Classic Elite Yarns

1

www.classiceliteyarns.com

COVER DESIGN BY DIANE LAMPHRON PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACK DEUTSCH

sixthandspringbooks.com

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Some of today’s most talented knitting designers have created a gorgeous collection of shawls, wraps, and scarves that explore the possibilities of color, fiber, and stitch. Each designer took one idea and transformed it into three different patterns, resulting in dozens of sensational designs. Knit in a beautiful array of fibers from Classic Elite Yarns, these designs will dazzle knitters with their originality and versatility. Choose your favorite from each trio or knit them all. The possibilities are endless! CRAFTS KNITTING

PRIN TED IN C HIN A

1

2

$19.95 • $23.95 CAN

3

3

20 IDEAS • 3 WAYS



1

Shawls,Wraps Scarves



Classic Elite Yarns was founded in the 1940s as part of an old-line textile manufacturing mill in Lowell, Massachusetts. Although no longer in the manufacturing business, Classic Elite Yarns has stayed true to its heritage BETSY PERRY, and focuses on distributing President and owner, fine hand-knitting yarns from Classic Elite numerous yarn-producing Yarns countries to neighborhood yarn shops large and small. Owned and operated by a (mostly female) dedicated group of yarnies, CEY’s yarns can be found in nearly every major knitting magazine, including Vogue® Knitting and Interweave Knits, and in numerous online publications. In addition to being the yarns of choice for talented designers, CEY yarns are loved by knitters and crocheters around the world.

CLASSIC ELITE

S TA R T W I T H

20 ideas x 3 ways = dozens of fabulous possibilities!

3

CLASSIC ELITE

$19.95 • $23.95 CAN

Shawls,Wraps Scarves 20 Ideas • 3 Ways

CLASSIC ELITE

Shawls,Wraps Scarves 20 Ideas • 3 Ways What do you get when you take twenty intriguing ideas and create three designs for each? Dozens of fabulous designs for shawls, wraps, scarves, capelets, cowls, and more.

BLOCK PARTY

This mini-collection of three versatile pieces features a blend of linen, wool, and alpaca in block and garter stitch.

1 2

CREAM & SUGAR

Take three yarns in delicate shades of white and whip into gorgeous confections featuring the same beautiful lace stitch.

ISBN 978-1-936096-52-7 51995

9 781936 096527

3

JUST PEACHY

An oh-so-feminine trio of wraps worked in a beehive and faggoting lace stitch and finished with delicate crocheted edgings.


Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps & Scarves