This Robin Hood’s Bay Scarf was designed following a visit to my LYS (local yarn shop). As soon as I walked into the shop the skein of yarn caught my eye. Try as I might, I just couldn’t walk away from it! The colour, the softness of the yarn just called to me.
This is the same as how I feel about Robin Hood’s Bay, which is why I named the set after this beautiful part of Yorkshire. I am drawn to the place, again and again. The pattern reflects the pull of the sea in the dramatic colour, the plains of the North York Moors in the sections of stocking stitch as well as the dramatic cliff edges in the lace.
The lightweight wool means it has an interesting drape. It is loose, light and airy which is perfect for the transition the weather of spring brings. There is a matching hat in a beret/tam style for a little boho chic.
The skein was West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite (80% Falkland wool, 20% mulberry silk) in colourway Savoy 371. Both the hat and the scarf can be made from one skein. Why did I called it rivieting? I suppose the alliteration appeals to me but also because it was one of those projects where I just had to knit one more row …..
I used a skein of West Yorkshire Spinners (WYS) Exquisite (80% Falkland wool, 20% mulberry silk) in colourway Savoy 371. You could easily knit the beret and the scarf from the same skein of yarn. The yarn itself has a beautiful but gentle sheen, from the silk content and is buttery soft.
The luxurious, slip stitich Keep Yourself Alive Shawl is a mini-shawl or scarf named for one of my favourite Queen songs. One of the lines is “But if I crossed a million rivers, And I rode a million miles, Then I’d still be where I started.”
This shawl starts and finishes with a garter section worked the main colour, so just like the song, you will work many stitches but will finish how you started.
In the main part of the shawlette, two colours of lace weight yarn are alternated in different patterns to create an interesting and eye-catching effect.
Keep Yourself Alive is a perfectly lightweight summer knit with the delicate lace yarn, and the asymmetric shape of the finished shawl which gives it an interesting drape.
It was knitted in Sylvan Tiger Yarn (55% British BFL wool, 45% silk) in Onion Skin and Leafy Green. This yarn makes for a wonderfully soft fabric which can be worn in a variety of ways.
The pattern comes with both written and charted instructions as well as a schematic.
Thank you to my tech editor Linda at Tabitha Thomas Studio and my wonderful test knitters who helped make this pattern possible.
The Keep Yourself Alive Shawl pattern is knitted with lace weight yarn. You could substitute any lace weight yarn or combine a smooth yarn with kid silk to add texture. I used 2.5mm needles but if you wanted a drapier shawll, you could go up to a larger needle size. You might use more yarn, so allow for that when choosing your colours.
As always, when I’m knitting for the knitworthy members of my family or dear friends, I consider how they’re going to wear it, wash it, the colours they love and what styles they wear. In this case, it’s for me and I saw this yarn and felt it was perfect for the shawl. It’s light, silky with the warmth of the BFL and is amazing to knit with. I can’t praise it highly enough and I love working with it.