A new design from me! Finally! It feels like forever since a pattern release. The first half of this year has been full of new designs, but designing for other people means that things must be kept quiet until the pattern release.
Back in March I received an e-mail from Pam Allen from Quince & Co. wanting to know if I wanted to work up this design for them. I had submitted a proposal to them for their Scarves, Etc. call, which wasn't selected for that call; but they had held onto the proposal.
I was very excited to work with Quince & Co. I love, love, love their yarns (I may have some of their yarn arriving in the mail today), and I think their patterns are gorgeous in every way.
Everly is a simple crescent shawl worked from the bottom up. The lace edge is Vine Lace, an oh so simple 4 row repeat. A row of reverse stockinette separates the lace from the body of the shawl. Short rows are used to create the crescent shape. As is the norm for my patterns with this construction method, the short rows are not worked using the wrap and turn method. Decreases are used to close the turning gap instead. An I-cord bind off is worked along the top edge to provide some stability to the edge and to create a smooth and neat finish. Everything about this shawl is simple, but simple does not mean boring. I think we get so overwhelmed by fancy techniques and crazy patterns (which are totally fun), but there's a place for simplicity. Simplicity can be exactly what's needed for a beautiful finished project.
As for the name, I had such a hard time coming up with a name for this project. I went through every iteration of vine and feather and petal (the color of the yarn), and nothing was right. I finally hit upon a blog entry talking about Appalachian vocabulary. Everly means "always" and when I saw it, it was the perfect name for this shawl.
You can purchase Everly through Ravelry or through the Quince & Co. website. You'll need 3 skeins of Quince & Co. Finch. The color here is Petal, but I think the shawl would look great in Glacier, Goldfinch, or Leek for a delicate look. Or go bold with Winesap (see swatch), Rosa Rugosa, or Cypress. You really can't go wrong.