Leafwood by Nim Teasdale is a design that has intrigued me for some time.
Nim has created a piece that is quite unique. Here is what she writes:
Leafwood is a minimalist asymmetric triangle shawl, curved for stay-on shaping by a widening border of short row stripes. A decorative cable runs diagonally through the middle to highlight the contrast between the stripe border and the body of the shawl, and was inspired by the spine structure of leaves.
The design is worked sideways, and both the textured and lace parts of the pattern can be continued to any size.
The simplicity of the stripes and ridges is an ideal canvas for showcasing a beautiful yarn and for playing with colour. The design suits lace to worsted weight yarn, and is designed for a pairing of a speckled gradient and a solid, however would also suit two solids/semi solids, or a solid/semi-solid with a gradient or speckled mini-skein kit.
The Yarn and Colorways
On her personal Project page, Nim notes that she kept the same contrast color throughout, allowing it to play against the changing colors of her gradient yarn.
And that is the look we are going to here as well.
We are not kitting with the same yarns as Nim used. You can see our offerings on the inset photos in the top picture on this page and again below that.
Nim used for her original piece about 144 yards of her solid contrast red and roughly 460 yards of the gradient yarn.
She notes that the size of the shawl is quite adaptable, as both the texture stitch and the lace sections are able to be worked to any size. The design itself can be knit in any weight form lace to DK weight yarn in any total yardage between approx 400m and 1000m.
We have put together two kits for you to choose between. In both the gradiently dyed yarn is Trendsetter's Evolution, a 100% merino wool with 495 yards/ 150g.
1. In this kit, the Evolution is Wine Embers, a rich blend of mostly reds and wines, with some spans of puruple, blue and gold as well.
2. The tonal almost-solid yarn for this kit is Ella Rae Lace Merino DK, 100% superwash merino with 302 yards (276m)/ 100g. This colorway is a deep Spruce, a cool blue-green that looks superb with the Evolution colorway.
One skein will be in each kit.
1. The Evolution colorway here is Denim Floral, a mostly greyed-blue plus blue range with rainbow stretches as well, including red, orange, green, turquoise, violet and rose.
2. The solid yarn is from The Fibre Company, Acadia which is 60% wool/ 20% alpaca/ 20% silk, and has 145 yards (133m) per 50g skein. The colorway is Rosebay and rich merlot.
Again one skein will be in each kit even though this will give a lesser yardage than Kit A.
You will note that the cost of Kit B is a bit less (shown in the drop-down menu). If you would like a second skein of the Acadia, contact me and if we have stock I will happily set you up with it.
The kit does not automatically include the pattern, nor has its cost been factored in. We offer three ways to get it.
Many knitters like to get theirs directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Nim via her Ravelry web page. Then you will automatically get any updates and also have a copy saved in your Rav library. In that case, set the Pattern drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed."
However, if you decide that you would like a printed copy, we can do that. Please make sure the drop-down menu is set to that.
We also can email the pattern to you via email (please be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do that right before shipping your kit).
Just make sure that drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.
Note that this design can be worked entirely from the written pattern, or from charts with some notes.