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Design Focus – Allegro Shawl

Although looking through my window today you could easily think it was mid November, we have had some amazing summer days and I expect we will have more to come so I thought we should take a quick look at one of our most popular summer knits; Allegro Shawl.

Allegro laceknit shawl purl alpaca designs

This design came about one day when I was working in a very cold furniture shop wearing a pashmina shawl over my shoulders. It kept falling off every time I was trying to demonstrate something to a customer and to keep it in place I wrapped a belt around it. I looked in the mirror and thought, now wouldn’t it be nice if the shawl was attached to the belt and it stayed where I wanted it to? The idea of Allegro was born.

Allegro knitted lace shawl purl alpaca

The Allegro Shawl is just that, a shawl with a waistband attached. It wraps around your shoulders to keep you nice and warm, stays in place with an elastic, ribbed waistband and is still open and airy, perfect for those warm summer evenings. It’s great over a nice dress, perfect with jeans and a T-shirt and if you love it so much you’d rather not put it away for winter, it’s also amazing over a jumper or shirt. If you are wearing Allegro under a coat, bring the shawl section up around your neck and it’s an instant scarf! Talk about versatile!

Beautiful alpaca yarn from Purl Alpaca Designs

Allegro is knitted using our Medium yarn which is a worsted weight and is worked on 4 mm needles for the waistband and 7 mm needles for the shawl section. Once you are done with the rib part, it is amazing how quickly the rest of it grows! In addition to being worked on big needles the shawl is knitted using a double loop technique creating stitches that are twice as long as normal, hence creating the lacey and open look. On the shawl I have intentionally called what would traditionally be seen as the wrong side of the knitting the right side. This is because the purl ridges created makes a nice stripe pattern and provides texture and interest to an otherwise simple knit. If you would prefer to knit Allegro using a different yarn you can purchase the pattern on its own on Ravelry or on our website. On Ravelry you can also see what yarn substitutions other people have made when knitting Allegro.

Allegro stitch close up

The shawl section has an edge stitch that is more or less a reverse stitch of the central stitches. This is to slightly counter act the rolled up edge the stitch pattern naturally creates. This edge is not crucial to the construction of the knit, and if you find it troublesome there is nothing stopping you from working the whole section just using the elongated stitch method.

Once you have completed the knitting the next step is to sew it together. Although the design only has one seam, getting this seam in the right place can prove a bit of a mind game. There is a diagram on the pattern showing the flat structure of the garment, but my recommendation is to wear it! Put the waistband on, wrap the shawl around your shoulders and using safety pins, pin the shawl section back onto the waistband in the correct position. This way, when you take it back off, it is easy to see where you should be sewing it up!

Allegro is a really quick knit! Sophie attended a knitting workshop on Saturday and rocked up to the Knitting and Stitching show at Olympia 5 days later wearing it!

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If you have knitted Allegro, we would love to see your end result, and if you send us a picture before Sunday 7th of August 2016 you will be in with a chance of being featured on next weeks customer gallery and also winning a free pdf pattern and two tickets to the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace! Last month Rosemarie sent us this lovely photo of her daughter Rachel wearing the Balboa Waistcoat and Rosemarie chose the Allegro Shawl as her prize! We would like to see the person wearing the shawl in the picture, and do consider things such as background and lighting for the best possible photo. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Happy knitting,

Kari-Helene xxx

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