I'm not much of a blanket maker, it's just not what interests me - too much time and yarn commitment and I'm just much more interested in making things I can wear. But I was asked to run a class on the corner to corner blankets. I agreed and became a bit obsessed. Its such a fun pattern to work, grows quickly and creates a lovely texture. I made a baby blanket for a friend but my mind soon turned to the possibility of adapting the pattern for a shawl.
Abberley is the result of this playing with the corner to corner pattern. I wanted to add a geometric lace pattern so came up with the idea of using an open block in the pattern, almost combining filet crochet with corner to corner. Don't worry, it is simpler than it sounds. The pattern starts off by stepping through the full instructions with a notation system given and switches to a notation once the pattern becomes bigger and more complex as it is much easier to read and follow this way. It's also fully charted out, as you'd expect from us.
I used the beautiful Blacker Yarns St Kilda laceweight to give the shawl the right proportions and a lovely rustic kind of finesse. The yarn is a stunning blend of wool from sheep raised on the Island of St Kilda. It is spun from the fleeces of the Boreray and Soay sheep which two of the oldest and rarest of all British breeds and are native to the island, being bought back from close to extinction. The yarn has a very crisp rustic feel as you work but softens beautifully on washing and wearing to give a lovely drape. Its now available in another beautiful natural colour and as a limited edition hand-dye collaboration with the Knitting Goddess in rich jewel tones. Read more about the yarn here and don't forget that the book contains a £5 discount voucher towards your purchase.
Here are all the technical details that you might want before getting started on the shawl:
Finished depth: 60cm/24in
Finished wingspan: 142cm/56in
Size is easily adjusted by working more or fewer rows. Altering the size alters the yarn required.
2 50g balls Blacker Yarns St Kilda (laceweight, 100% wool a blend
of Boreray, Soay and Shetland, 405m/440yds/50g)
3mm (US C or D) hook
7 blocks and 7 rows in pattern to 10 cm/4 in using 3mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, working into chain spaces.
Started at centre bottom, each row is increased at each end to form a triangle, stitches are worked on the bias in the same manner as corner to corner (C2C)