Informal Fall KAL: Stephen West Shawls

Stephen West is one of the most popular new designers in knitwear. Known for his clean lines and sharp eye for color, he has popularized shawl-wearing for men and women alike. At TNNA in June, Martha and Yvonne had the privilege of meeting Stephen, and we’re pleased to carry hard copies of three of his most popular designs: Daybreak, Akimbo, and Herbivore. In addition, we’re eagerly looking forward to the release of his new book, Westknits Book One, which will be available here at Natural Stitches this fall.

In anticipation of the new book, we’re hosting an informal KAL for the Stephen West pattern of your choice. Each of these patterns call for one or two skeins of fingering (sock) weight yarn and offer lots of scope to play with color and texture. They’re all great stash-busting patterns or terrific excuses to come in the store and play in our big sock yarn section.

Herbivore is a one-skein project that offers unique construction and shaping and an interesting texture. Here’s Martha’s in Pagewood Farm’s Yukon.

Akimbo lets you play with color and practice chart-reading while remaining wearable for men and women alike. This is David’s Akimbo in two colors of Malabrigo Sock.

Daybreak is a wonderful chance to play with color in this semi-circular shawl. Here’s Lisa’s in two colors of madelinetosh sock.

Finally, Boneyard is a free pattern that allows you to use any weight of yarn. Here’s mine (I used yarn-overs instead of make-ones) in Mochi Plus.

Informal means you may start whenever ! There’s no time limit, but over the next few months, we’ll be posting our yarn selections and talking about the process. Hope you enjoy these patterns as much as we do!

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