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Behind the Pattern Knit-A-Long (KAL) with Emma Vining

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT


This is a knit-a-long with a difference. Join designer Emma Vining and Liz and Louise from The Loom Shed to knit Emma’s Merrow Berries Shawl and discover the design processes behind the pattern. Emma will not only support us knit the shawl, but will also help us to customise the pattern to suit the yarn you want to use and scale you want to make it. It can be used as a ‘stash-busting’ project, using up yarns from your cupboards to create a beautiful personalised shawl.

The four 1 hour Zoom workshops on Wednesdays at 7pm will be on the 18th January, 1st and 15th February and 1st March. At the start of each get together, Emma will introduce a section of the Merrow Berries shawl and describe an aspect of the design. This will include the design inspiration, colour choices, knit stitches used, shawl shaping and finishing. The rest of each hour will be spent knitting and discussing the themes raised, with the opportunity to share progress and ask questions. A recording of each evening will also be made available in the week after each session.

About the Merrow Berries Shawl Pattern
The Merrow Berries triangular shawl is inspired by branches and berries in the rain. The shawl is knitted as a long right-angled triangle with a series of stitch patterns that are gradually extended as the shawl grows. The shawl is worked as a right angled triangle, knitted from tip to wide cast off. The outer shawl edges are knitted in garter stitch, with the cast off edge worked in a picot pattern. The stitch pattern begins with a wrap stitch, which is knitted by drawing a loop of yarn through from the back of the work to the front, creating a small diagonal knitted line. In the second pattern section, this is extended with a large double-eyelet. The third pattern section includes textured garter stitch rows.

The workshops will be held on Wednesdays 18th January, 1st February, 15th February and 1st March from 7pm – 8pm.


Pink shawl knitted with 1 ball (380m) Rico Superba Premium Mouliné 4ply Yarn.

Larger multi-shade shawl knitted with 8 x 20g 4ply mini skeins from the Perth Festival of Yarn “Haste-Ye-Back” Collection.

The shawl pattern and session plan will be sent to you in advance of the first meeting. Each of the meet ups will be hosted on Zoom, and the link will be sent to you with your ticket.

To create the shawl, you will need:
4mm needles, or suitable needle size for your chosen yarn.
Stitch marker x 1.
At least 380m of 4ply yarn for a small-size shawl; up to 800m for a larger version.

This KAL is the perfect opportunity to use 4ply yarns from your stash, including sock yarn and mini-skeins. This can be as one ball/ skein or as smaller amounts of yarn as long as the total meterage is a minimum of 380m/415yds.

You may wish to make your final yarn choice and colour order after session 1 when Emma will describe how she customised and extended her shawl to a larger size using multiple mini-skein shades (multi-shade shawl shown in photo).


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