Note: This pattern was revised on 4/11/12. Please download a new PDF if your copy is an older version.Today's free pattern is the stunning, Jasmine Shawl, in Jasmine, our 100% silk yarn.
The Jasmine Shawl is a triangular lace shawl worked from the center top to the edges.
The Jasmine Shawl has beautiful flower blooms on the edges.
We had a chance to interview the Jasmine Shawl's designer, Cheri McEwen. Cheri is a stay at home mother to a three year-old. She started designing about 2 years ago, and does both crochet and knit designs. She was nominated for 2010 Crochet Liberation Front Flamie Awards for Best New Designer and for Best Adult Accessory. Her patterns have been published in Crochetvolution and she has worked with several independent dyers to provide patterns for their yarn clubs. In addition, expect to see Cheri's work in a prayer shawl book to be published by Creative Partners, LLC in 2012. Cheri can be found on Ravelry as dartfrog911.
Galler Yarns (GY): How did you first learn to knit?
Cheri: I taught myself to knit from a book about 10 years ago. I lived in Texas for nine years and didn't really need any sweaters, so I concentrated on lace. I really love the complexity that results from simple stitches. I also crochet and have been doing that since I was about 6 years old.
GY: What was your original inspiration for publishing your designs?
Cheri: Believe it or not, I was bored one day and asked some of my Ravelry friends to describe their favorite shawl. The result was the Small Talk Shawl, which is named after the Ravelry group, Crochet Small Talkers. Everyone liked my swatches and asked me to publish the pattern. The process was interesting and I have been designing in both knit and crochet since then. That was about 2 years ago.
GY: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?
Cheri: Inspiration comes from all over. Sometimes I see a yarn and can tell what it wants to be. Other times, it can be something as simple as a conversation or a strange shadow that sparks an idea. I take inspiration where I can find it and try to jot something down before I forget.
GY: Why did you choose Jasmine yarn for this shawl pattern?
Cheri: I designed the Jasmine shawl to take advantage of the shine of the 100% silk. The pattern is textured and lacy without overbearing the yarn. I chose to do a border of Estonian star stitches around the bottom edge to give it a touch more lace and provide a open edge. The repeats are long, but not overly complicated. I have provided written and charted directions. The shawl can be made to any size by adjusting the repeats in the body.
Thanks for stopping by the Galler Yarns blog for an interview, Cheri!