One of the interesting things about being back in my home town is that I'm re-remembering all the smells of the seasons. Like, back in mid-August, I woke up and opened the window one morning and immediately thought, "Huh. It smells like the first day of school." And right before it rained last weekend, it started smelling like onions*, just like it always has. And on my birthday last week, it still smelled like summer. But a day later, something changed - like flipping a light switch - and the smells around here became decidedly those of fall.
Along with the change in smells, we've had very subtle weather changes. It's not really cool here yet, per se, but there's a little breeze and the mornings and evenings do have a certain crispness to them. Enough crispness that I feel it's time to send my new shawl pattern out into the world, because I've been wearing it every moment it hasn't been too warm for the last week.
Beurre - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)
Beurre is a crescent-shaped shawl with a subtle ruffle, rows of eyelets, and plenty of garter stitch. It is worked from the bottom up (so you get the bazillion ruffle stitches out of the way first), with short rows giving the shawl its shape. I've provided helpful photos in the pattern for anyone new to this type of short row construction, as well as detailed instructions on how to make the wrap smaller or even larger, if you so choose.
Beurre was absolutely and completely inspired by the yarn it's made from. This was my first time working with Anzula's silk/camel blend, Oasis (clever name, right?), so I plopped some of it on the needles and let it tell me what it wanted to be. I swear it knit itself into those garter eyelets...I don't even remember brainstorming. I just kind of followed directions.
And I'm in love with this golden colorway, Butter Toffee (thus the name Beurre - French for butter). It evokes warmth and comfort and coziness and a bit of sweetness, which is pretty much how I felt the entire time knitting it, as well as when I'm wrapped in it drinking a cup of coffee in the morning.
Size: 60" / 152.5 cm along top edge, 19" / 48.5 cm height at center
Yarn: Anzula Oasis (70% Silk, 30% Camel; 375 yds / 343 m per 114g); 2 skeins in Toffee, or 700 yds / 640 m of a DK or light worsted weight yarn
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) circular needle, at least 40" / 100 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 20 sts & 24 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette St; 15 sts & 30 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Garter St
For more information about Buerre, please visit its page on Ravelry here.
*I learned the reasons for this phenomenon in Mr. Julien's Honors Biology class Sophomore year, but now I've unfortunately forgotten. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the crops around here. Sorry, Mr. Julien.