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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

FO: Veggie Garden Shawl

I was asked around the middle of May if I would like to do a test knit by Caroline (quiltercaroline) from Clothesline Designs. I've been wary in the past of offering to do test knits, particularly on designs that include a new-to-me technique due to the time element involved and because of how I feel about obligation knitting. However, the design in question was beautiful and I was eager to support Caroline as she is a designer that is local to where I live. Testers were asked to refrain from posting finished shawl pictures until the pattern was released. However, the pattern was released last Saturday so I can finally tell you about it!

Pattern: Veggie Garden by Clothesline Designs

Yarn: Artesano Alpaca Silk in Lilypad

Needles: 4mm Knitpro circulars with 24" cord

I had not really done much lace prior to this project apart from the easy criss-cross panels in the Mirabel shawl and simple lace borders. When I saw the pattern for the first time I was a bit apprehensive, but I needn't have been. The pattern was clearly set out and provided clear instructions both in a written out format and in charts for the lace and all stitches were clearly explained. Also once you had done a row or two of the lace it was easy to memorise and to read the knitting to see how the lace should go. The worrying thing with lace is that it doesn't really shine to it's full potential until you block it, but when it was blocked it really looked amazing. The pattern comes in 2 versions - one with a plain stockinette body and a patterned edge and the other with lace sections, which is the one that I did.

I bought the yarn last year at Wonderwool and have been waiting for the right project to come along. I enjoyed using it though and would use it again. I only paid £5 per 50g Skein so it was really reasonable too and with the silk it has a beautiful sheen.

I really enjoyed the shawl and am already thinking about trying the version with the plain body, perhaps in two different colours. I was looking through the projects that have been done by the other test knitters and there's one by Kristi from the In a Sknit podcast which is beautiful. She did the plain body version mostly n cream with just a slim border in a variegated yarn along the edge. Very beautiful.

If you want to make you own Veggie Garden shawl, head over to Ravelry where Caroline has a discount on the shawl which is available to the 15th July.

This was my first Clothesline Designs pattern but it won't be my last - in fact, this is a series of 3 and I will be testing the next one too based on Caroline's Grandmother's Flower Garden. It looks like it will be another stunner so watch this space!


  1. This is beautiful, I love the way it drapes :)

  2. What a beauty and such glorious drape! :)