One Design, Unlimited Wearing Options– It’s a Shawl, It’s a Shrug, It’s a Vest … and a Tank Top!

The Trifoglio Shawl, designed by Heather Zoppetti, is a versatile design that definitely delivers multiple wearing options for spring, summer, and beyond.

This design is featured in the spring 2016 issue of Creative Knitting and now that summer issue is around the corner, why not go out with a bang and extend this little number’s “shelf life?”

I think you’ll agree it’s worth it because there’s a conceptual twist to this design–it can be styled in a 5 different ways! (Well, that’s the number we’ve come up. Hey, maybe you can come up with a few more and share them in the comments below!)

Trifoglio Shawl, designed by Heather Zoppetti

Trifoglio Shawl, styled as a tank top, with lace motif facing front, designed by Heather Zoppetti

In the the spring issue, we’ve photo-styled the shawl a few different ways, and as a little gift for you, Heather has so generously created the series of illustrations shown below, which provide you with all the ways to wear this creation.

Styling options: (from top left to right) 1. Tank top with lace motif facing front; 2. Wrap, using one armhole opening as keyhole; 3. Back view, worn as vest; 4. Tank top with lace motif at back; 5. Back view tank top with lace motif worn on back. 6. Neckerchief.

Styling options: (from top left to right) 1.) Tank top with lace motif facing front; 2.) Wrap, using armhole opening as keyhole; 3.) Vest, back view; 4.) Tank top with lace motif facing back; 5.) Tank Top, lace motif back view; 6.) Neckerchief. (click image to view larger)

Bird's eye view of shawl to visualize the unlimited ways to wear this openwork masterpiece!

Bird’s-eye view of shawl to help you visualize the unlimited ways to wear this unique openwork masterpiece! (click image to view larger)

If you don’t have a copy of the spring issue of Creative Knitting, then you can check it out here on Annie’s.

Heather created the design with Manos del Uruguay Fino, an elegant sport weight yarn. You can learn more about it here at Annie’s Yarn Shop. All you need are 2 hanks for the first size. I’d say for multiple styling options, you are definitely getting your money’s worth 🙂

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Not in the Knitting Mood? Make Some Yarn Art Instead!

As I was winding a gorgeous yarn from my stash into a nice pull-skein, (or at least trying to) all of a sudden a knot appeared out of nowhere. What an odd phenomenon that knots and tangles occur out of nowhere! How on earth could some simple little strands become an entangled mess?

As I was trying to make heads or tails of where to begin salvaging this lovely skein, I was fully aware of my impatience and frustration. I then began to sweat mildly while I was trying to fix the crazy tangles. I was ready to end it. You know– cut the yarn and be done with it, but I just didn’t have it in me. How could I possibly cut into this exquisite yarn? So, I decided to take a breath, and attend to this twisted maze.

To my surprise, I started to enjoying the process, and began marveling at how the yarn managed to intertwine upon itself. Just a few minutes later, it was set free and wound up into a tidy pull-skein ready to knit my next project!

A perfect little pull-skein. I can't wait to knit!

A perfect little pull-skein. I can’t wait to knit!

So what a “happy accident” this was. I was able to not only save this yarn from an untimely death, but I also cultivated a little patience in the process. I then found myself letting go and began to notice how beautiful the light streaming into my window was. For the most part, the day was dreary and overcast, but all of a sudden, the sun made an appearance and shed some light and inspiration into my little craft room. I had to quickly seize the moment. Carpe diem!

Behold the beauty of a simple strand of yarn.

Behold the beauty of a simple strand of yarn.

Instead of jumping right into knitting, I felt compelled to play with the yarn. I let go like a child at play. Being spontaneous like this doesn’t happen to often in my world, because my brain is constantly looping with “should do’s” every minute of the day, but this moment was so spontaneous and liberating.

Quick-Knit Tip: Don't feel like knitting? Create some yarn art!

Quick-Knit Tip: Don’t feel like knitting? Create some yarn art!

And a few double-point needles for good measure.

Quick-Knit Tip: Print your photos, frame and display them in your craft space.

Letting go felt so good…even if just for a moment. Give it a try today!

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The Editor Wants to Know! Where Do You Buy Yarn? Online, at Your Local Yarn Shop or Big Box Store

Hey! Welcome to this week’s edition of The Editor Wants to Know! Today I ask: where you buy yarns for the projects you create from Creative Knitting? Please leave your comment below!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Today’s BURNING question:

Where do you purchase your yarns? Do you shop mostly online, at your local yarn shop, at big box stores, or a combination of all the above? If you purchase online, where do you shop most?

 

Share your answer to my question in the comments below and visit the Creative Knitting Facebook Page to watch my video asking you this question. Watch it now! The Editor Wants to Know! Where Do You Buy Yarn?

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The Editor Wants to Know! What is Favorite Color Knitting Technique?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

When it comes to colorwork knitting, what is your favorite technique? Do you gravitate toward stripes, mosaic, or stranded colorwork like Fair Isle?

What is your favorite colorwork knitting technique?

What is your favorite colorwork knitting technique?

 

Share your answer to my question in the comments below and visit the Creative Knitting Facebook Page to watch my video asking you this question! Click the link below to watch…

The Editor Wants to Know! What is Favorite Color Knitting Technique?

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The Editor Wants to Know- Do You Go Freestyle and Knit Without a Pattern?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Do you ever go freestyle and knit without any rhyme or reason, other than to simply enjoy the exploration?

Learn to fall in love with the swatching process.

Learn to fall in love with the swatching process.

If you aren’t a free bird knitter, why is that? Are you a little timid about picking up your needles for fear of where it might take you? Mistakes in knitting can be fun and can often lead to pleasant surprises.

Learn to love the swatch!

This is one of my favorite parts of the knitting and design process. Back in the day when I worked as a full time knitwear designer, I relished the idea of just sitting for hours with yarns strewn about and exploring to see what would emerge from my needles.

The discoveries were always enlightening because they revealed information that I would not have discovered if I didn’t have the courage and open mind to knit for the sake of knitting.

Maybe there’s also this notion that we don’t have much time, so we just want to pick the right pattern and jump in without swatching, but we would certainly would miss out on discoveries that move us to a new level of skill and understanding.

Share your answer to my question in the comments below and visit the Creative Knitting Facebook Page to watch my video asking you this question! Click the link below to watch…

The Editor Wants to Know- Do You Go Freestyle and Knit Without a Pattern?

 

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