Designer Spotlight: Fringeworthy by Shelley Brander
They say two heads are better than one. That’s especially true when those heads belong to two talented knitters and shop owners! In this case, it started with a “recipe” that Shelli Westcott, owner of Knitterly, came up with for a self-fringing shawl. She shared it with Shelley Brander, owner of Loops, who added a bit of her own flavor and created a beautiful new pattern, Fringeworthy.
So how did Shelley personalize her design? It started with the yarn. She picked two shades of Berroco Flicker, switching to the darker shade three-quarters of the way through. Shelley also chose to knit the body in garter stitch instead of stockinette and she created a more gradual v-shape by using a four-row pattern repeat for increases and decreases instead of two.
The shawl is knit as one piece from side-to-side and then comes the fun part – ripping back to reveal the fringe! Shelley calls this the “cringe-worthy” moment but promises it isn’t as bad as it sounds. Want to make a Fringeworthy of your own? You can get the free pattern on the Loops blog!
How did you choose a yarn for your design?
I picked a yarn I love, Flicker, because I knew it would be super soft on the bigger needles and would resist pilling due to the chainette construction. I also love knitting Flicker at this bigger gauge because I think the tiny bits of sparkle really catch the light. I switched to the second color on a whim, but I love the (unintended) effect that when you wear it bandana-style, it appears that you’re wearing two scarves in layers!
Any knitting disaster stories?
I have a gazillion disaster stories – I think this goes along with designing and is part of the process. You have to be fearless and push through those “cringe-worthy” moments.
If you could knit something for anyone in the world it would be…?
I would love to knit the next big thing for Jennifer Lawrence to wear in the final Hunger Games movie – my kids would think that is so cool! So Jennifer, if you’re reading this, call me!
What’s your favorite thing about knitting?
My favorite thing about knitting is that I can watch TV and be productive at the same time. I have knit for movie stars and I secured my first lease by knitting a cashmere scarf for my landlord!