Project of the Month: Cluran Shawl
This month we are featuring this light and breezy Cluran Shawl, knit up in three colours of Sarah Elizabeth Fiber Works Easy Ecowash. If you dropped by the shop to pick up an order recently you might have seen this shawl featured in the front window. The light blue, peach and cream hues make us think of blue summer skies, and pink lemonade – two great combinations in life and yarn!
Cluran Shawl knit by BC knitwear designer Wolf and Faun Knits.
The Cluran Shawl pattern is designed by BC local, Nat Raedwulf of Wolf and Faun Design and calls for 825-900 yards of fingering weight yarn and recommends using three colours. With one main colour and two contrast colours, you can customize your shawl to emphasize the light, dark or variegated yarns as you choose. Sarah Elizabeth, of Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works, knit the Cluran pictured here in her Easy Eco Wash fingering yarn in colour ways ‘Sky’, ‘Peaches in the Valley’, and ‘Sunshine Dance’. The Eco Wash fingering is hand dyed organic merino yarn and is GOTS certified, which means it is a washable wool that forgoes the harsh chemicals that most superwash yarns require, while also being social-responsibly produced! Each skein is 415 yards, so if you knit your Cluran Shawl in the Eco Wash you’ll be left with enough yarn for a fabulous pair of coordinating ankle socks (or two)!
You too can look as summer-ready as Adrienne, a friend of the store, with this Cluran Shawl.
The Cluran Shawl has a great balance of lace and garter sections and ends with the tassels (which add just enough weight to keep your shawl in place). The thistle lace pattern is easy to memorize, making those longer lace sections a little intense to knit (if you are a knitter that holds their breath through lace sections you don’t have to sweat this one). Sarah Elizabeth chose to gradient the main body colours instead of striping them and chose the most solid variegated one for the lace. She also switched between garter and stockinette stitch in the main body of the shawl. If you’ve been hesitant in the past to add your own touch to a pattern, this would be a great project to try it with!
The Cluran Shawl, modelled by Adrienne, a friend of the store.
Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works is based in Rossland, BC, and we are lucky to carry Sarah Elizabeth’s Easy Eco Wash, Silk Linen, batts for spinning and felting, and a number of kits from her (like felted soaps, macraweave, and weaving kits). If you are new to her yarn, fibre and kits, check them out in the online store, you’ll be glad you did.