Carrot Cake Shawl/ Kits in Non-Carrot Colors/ + Recipe!

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Brass
Brass
Lime
Lime
This photos as well as all the remaining ones on this page is of Simone's original piece and are here to show you the design.
This photos as well as all the remaining ones on this page is of Simone's original piece and are here to show you the design.

 

What a marvelous design!

Simone of Owl Cat Designs has not only given us a glorious shawl pattern, she even includes a delicious Healthy Carrot Cake recipe on the last page. And I can attest to it being delicious (I made it for a large family get-together and it was a major hit!).

The Design

Here is what Simone writes:

In my other life, I am a personal trainer, and I am obviously concerned with helping folks choose healthier meals and steer them towards better-for-you snacks. Here is something you can indulge in, without worry, you’ll wear it on your hips later. Wrap your shoulders in this soft lace shawl, full of fiber, but virtually calorie and therefore guilt free. Carrot Cake works up into a treat you won’t want to miss. And you don’t have to, it’s all trainer approved!

Bear in mind as well: 

Skills needed:

  • Intermediate to advanced Lace knitting, reading charts, various versions of directional increases and decreases (such as s2kp, sk2p, k3tg, p3tg, skp, k2tg, etc) yarn overs, slipped stitches. This is not a beginner level pattern!

  • There are several specialty stitches that were created just for this pattern, with detailed explanations and links to video tutorials

  • Most of the pattern is plain purl rows on the wrong side, but there are 2 rows that are ‘true lace’ where a simple pattern is worked on the wrong side as well.

    And!

    Pattern comes complete with a recipe for my ‘Healthy Carrot Cake’,adapted from my old recipe from Switzerland. You can also get the recipe over on my blog at SimpleHealthyHomemade.com

The Yarn

What we offer here is not the same yarn nor the same color as what Simone used in her original.  You can see what we offer in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.  The photos of Simone's original is here so you can see the design; now use your imagination a bit!

I wanted to find a lace weight yarn that would work well for this pattern and I think I succeeded very well indeed.

Cima is from Shibui Knits and (here I quote their website) "blends sharp definition with softness. Knit alone or combine for smooth fabrics with clean, modern lines."

Made up of 70% Superbaby Alpaca/ 30% Fine Merino it feels marvelous while still having some memory.  Each skein has 328 yds / 300 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g.

The shawl as it is shown here required about 880 yards of lace weight yarn. Thus three skeins will be included in each kit, giving you 984 yards of this lovely lace weight Cima yarn.  You will have well more than is needed and no worry at all about running out. This will make a finished size of about 70" wingspan (175 cm) x 30" center back (75 cm).

The Colorways

We offer two colorways. I wanted ones that kind of went with the Carrot Cake theme (though neither is a carroty orange). These both show lovely hues to celebrate Summer.  

Shall we think of them maybe as Bananas Foster and Key Lime Pie? 

Brass is a deep golden colorway. This is a solid that will show the stitchwork beautifully.  The overall look is quite warm and truly gorgeous -- the sun reflecting off sunflowers and poppies in the fields, no doubt.  

Lime is a wonderful green, on the yellow side of the colorwheel.  It is light enough to again show the stitchwork very well indeed.  And sings a song to summer, with its rich green.  

Beads?

The pattern itself does not specifically call for beads, though there are lots of places one could happily add them. 

This kit does not include beads but if you are interested in adding them, take a look at our 8/0 ones.  There are quite a few that would enhance these colorways most strikingly -- if you'd like suggestions, just contact us

The Pattern

Please note that this pattern is charted and you must be comfortable knitting from charts to use it.

Note also that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. I know some knitters will already have the pattern or might prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Simone via her Ravelry web page. In this case, set our drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed" and get it via the link given here. 

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that. We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and usually do that right before shipping the pattern).

There are two drop-down menus to set for this kit --- make sure that each drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.

This is a true treat for all of the senses.

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