I thought I'd release the first Midwinter Woolfeast free pattern as a little Christmas present to all you lovely people, and to be honest it gave me the perfect excuse to try out Vintage Purls new yarn, Superstar. I chose a stunning yellow called Polaris, because yellow is the Midwinter Woolfeast colour; a splash of sunshine in the middle of winter. Some of you may remember the yellow balloons and posters at the last event.
VP Superstar is a stunning blend of 70% NZ Polwarth / 20% Tussah Silk / 10% NZ Black Merino. The Polwarth is a soft, high sheen, cousin of the merino, with long staple length, so it gives stability and shine, along with the lustre of the silk. The black merino gives the tiniest hint of heathering and sophistication to the colour. That combined with the reknowned jewel tones of the Vintage Purls dye pot and we have ourselves a truly desirable yarn. I could bathe in this stuff! You can read more about Vintage Purls in this interview.
I called the pattern Baskin, because it's inspired by sun's rays. The shawlette is an elongated crescent shape and knit from the top down, starting with 3 stitches and ending with just over 300. Zig zags grow in size as they reach the hem and are tipped with a triple picot bind off. It's knit with a single skein of Superstar, so if you wanted to try out this delicious yarn, it could be a good project for you.
Download the pattern here.