Knitter’s Spotlight: No. 269 Fuji Shawl by Darlene Joyce
Darlene Joyce was a on a mission to prove that a beautiful knitted shawl does not have to be made with fine weight yarns. That’s how she came up with the pattern for her No. 269 Fuji Shawl, knit in Berroco Fuji!
The crescent-shaped shawl is worked from the bottom-up, starting with the lovely lace edging that Darlene borrowed from a Japanese stitch dictionary (it was stitch #269!). She also decided to add some short row knitting to the pattern after teaching a class on that technique.
Darlene shared her new design (along with Kathy Kelly’s “Fooling Around Cowl,” crocheted in Berroco Maya) with customers who visited her shop, Mosaic Yarn Studio, during the 2013 Chicago Yarn Crawl earlier this month. If you weren’t lucky enough to participate, you can now buy both patterns on Ravelry!
How did you decided on Berroco Fuji?
With the high component of silk, Fuji has the perfect amount of drape and knits up very quickly. It was also affordable. It only costs $30 (for yarn) to make the pattern.
Any knitting disaster stories?
I made a sweater with three sleeves. I was knitting a raglan from the neck down. I didn’t realize I accidentally put 5 markers in the first row, instead of 4, until I was dividing for the armholes. I knit across the right front, put the first sleeve on a holder, knit across the back, put the second sleeve on a holder and wait…what is this? Another sleeve? Oops!
What your favorite thing about knitting?
My favorite thing about knitting is the creative process. In this technological age, we do not have enough opportunities to express ourselves. I love playing with yarn, knitting swatches and dreaming up new designs that are “knitter friendly.”