Irina Eberhardt’s grandmother used to say, “if your mittens and socks are made out natural fiber, arthritis will not bother you.” Those words stuck in Irina’s mind and still influence her yarn selections when designing.
Irina chose Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine for her new shawl pattern, Ella. Knit from the bottom up, the piece features garter stitch colorwork that transitions into solid stockinette. Short rows are used to create the crescent shape. The size can be easily adjusted by adding repeats to the colorwork section.
How did you come up with this design?
I am very much oriented [towards] luxurious, elegant and, at the same time, modern designs. I made it specifically for the craft show “Best of 2015” and I hope it gives me some nominations.
What made you pick this yarn?
Berroco yarns are high quality yarns and I know if I make something out of it will last for years.
Do you have a favorite project you’ve made?
I like them all, because all of them have their own special reason to be in my accessories collection – some of them just to suit my outfit, some of them accent the occasion I am wearing it for, [etc].
Any disaster stories?
My very first sweater (I knitted it for my little sister who was just 3 years old and I was 13) came out so big it could fit my father. The funniest part about it was that I did not realize it until I finished it.