Earlier this past spring, I was contacted by a fellow designer, Tanis Gray, wanting to know if I would like to design a piece for a yarn company to support a new yarn line. Tanis told me a little about the company and gave me one design guideline (a triangular shawl). I was in.
Our Back 40 brings together the finest alpaca from small American alpaca farms to create beautiful, luxurious yarn.
Symmes is the shawl I designed to support their American Class Sport Weight Alpaca. I wanted a shawl with lots of texture that would show off how gorgeous this yarn is.
Symmes is a top-down triangular shawl. Instead of yarn overs, the shawl uses make one right and left to create the triangular shape. Panels of stockinette stitch alternate with broken rib. The bottom edge is a diamond brocade.
Symmes is available as a kit from Our Back 40. The yarn is described as cashmere quality, and it is. It is such a dream to knit with. Whenever I was knitting this project, everyone stopped to pet the shawl and squeeze the yarn. It's so nice. You should treat yourself.