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Project Inspiration: Boneyard Shawl

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     The Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West has been one of our favorites for a long time now. It's simple to knit, easy to modify, and an excellent choice for new knitters who want to move on from basic stitches, as well as a great choice for experienced knitters who just want something mindless to work on. Over the years we have seen many different versions of the Boneyard- some kerchief sized, some extra large, some in solid colors, some in variegated, and some- like this new sample we just finished- stripe two different yarns together. 

The Boneyard Shawl pattern is free to download. We knit it up with 4 skeins of Ultra Alpaca Light ($7) and 1 skein of Venice ($20). 

     This combination of yarns is a really fun one for the Boneyard, and there are a lot of choices! In addition to being soft and drapey, the Ultra Alpaca Light is ultra-affordable and available in a huge range of colors. Venice is an unusual one... It's a hand-tied yarn. Each and every skein of Venice is unique, and in the same way some yarns stripe colors, Venice shifts in and out of various textures and fibers (to see another example of Venice, check out this blog post). Each texture change was added in by hand-tying it to the previous strand, and the knots formed between the texture changes can either be ignored or snipped out and woven in. 

     The Venice is worked into the shawl in rows of 4. Each pattern repeat is 12 rows, so to get the same results as our sample in the photos, you will knit 4 rows of Ultra Alpaca Light, 4 rows of Venice, and then another 4 rows of Ultra Alpaca Light

     The Boneyard is knitted up on large needles (we used US size 9) to accentuate that drape and softness. It's a basic triangle shawl, mainly in stockinette stitch, with rows of purl ridges breaking it up. A wide garter stitch edge finishes it off, keeping this shawl both casual and unisex. 

     Of course the Boneyard doesn't need to be this large.... As I mentioned earlier- this pattern is really easy to modify! You simply follow the instructions and knit until it's the size you want, or knit until you run out of yarn (leaving enough to bind-off, of course)!

    Now... the color combos. I had a tough time with this- not because it was difficult to make striking pairs- but because there were so many that I loved! I could have stood there all day endlessly making combinations that would make beautiful Boneyard Shawls. Nonetheless, I narrowed down the options and took photos of my favorite combo for each of the 6 Venice colorways. Here we go:

The first, the same combo in our sample, is Venice #26 and Cameo #42115 in Ultra Alpaca Light.
Above is Venice #30 with Peat #4277 Ultra Alpaca Light. (To be completely honest, there wasn't a single colorway of Ultra Alpaca Light that didn't go well with the White Venice. Choose the one you like, and you'll be happy!)

What do you think? Is there a color combo calling to you? Let us know, and keep us updated on your progress here, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Ello!

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  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): January 06, 2017

    Woo! That is always awesome to hear, Terry! If you ever feel like taking photos to share, we’d love to see! But for now it’s time to cast-on something else, right? :)

  • Terry Gunderson: January 05, 2017

    Just wanted to let you know that my shawl turned out beautiful, and I get so many compliments. What a great combination of yarns!

  • Terry Gunderson: December 17, 2016

    Many thanks, Virginia, for your prompt response and your offer to help me finish my project. When I called today, I found that you had already received a new shipment of this yarn (whew). I was able to order it immediately and am now very excited about my Shawl. Everyone who sees it tells me how beautiful it is.

    Thanks again

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): December 16, 2016

    Hi Terry! Uhoh, that’s not good! Give us a call at (707)442-9276, and we can place a special order for more (at no extra cost to you, we just need you to pay for the yarn up front). That way when the bag of 5 arrives we can ship you what you need to finish, and we’ll absorb the skeins your don’t need.

  • Terry Gunderson: December 16, 2016

    I just started knitting with my third skein of main color and can see that I will run out of the Venice very soon. Tha only place I can purchase more is from the Feza website, and I would have to buy a pack of 5 skeins (all the same color).

    Do you have any suggestions for me?

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