Firefly + New Pattern Launch
I initially cast on for Firely in April 2018. I too, cannot believe I’ve taken so long to finish it. Because I started it so long ago, I can’t exactly tell you where the inspiration came from but there’s another design coming up next week that shares the same stitch pattern. This is my favorite lace stitch. It’s a simple two row repeat but it looks so delicate and intricate but it’s a really easy way to showcase your knitting prowess. I’m also a fan of easy to make shawls that don’t require overly detailed instructions. Firefly is the perfect marriage between the stitch and easy construction.
Firefly is an asymmetrical shawl that is worked flat from the upper right point to the opposite side. The lace pattern is worked from either the chart or written instructions. Once the shawl has been knit to the specified dimensions, all stitches are bound off and the edges are blocked with the assistance of blocking wires. The wires help the stitch pattern open up and keeps the edges perfectly straight and crisp.
The yarn I chose for Firefly is Purl Soho’s Linen Quill in the color Kiln Red. Linen Quill is a fingering weight blend of 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. The wool assists with the lace stitch definition, the alpaca keeps it soft, and the linen provides the drape and lightness. I chose to knit my sample with Kiln Red, but this shawl would look equally great for fall in Chestnut Red, Fresh Nutmeg, or Juniper Green. You can purchase Linen Quill through the Purl Soho website.