A few weeks back, my local yarn shop owner, Ann, contacted me and asked if I’d like to knit a “shop sample” for the store. She had a pattern printed out for me and she said I could pick any yarn in the shop to make the project.
Ummm... yes, please!
This is “Rainchain Shawl”. I knit the project in Canopy Fingering weight yarn by The Fibre Co. The color I selected is called “Guava”. The fiber content is alpaca, merino wool, and bamboo. This is really dreamy yarn; I’d love to knit with this yarn again!
This pattern is by designer Meghan Jones who calls her design shop “Little Nutmeg Productions”. Cute!
This pattern is now available for purchase on Ravelry but the pattern is being offered at many yarn shops for an upcoming event called “Local Yarn Store Day”. My local yarn shop is observing this event on Saturday, September 12, 2020. If you purchase yarn at my local shop, you can get this pattern for free. My shawl will be on display and will hopefully inspire some other folks to make this pattern as well. My local yarn store is Yarned and Dangerous in Canon City, Colorado.
I knit up this shop sample in a week. It was hard to put down. It was a really fun knit. The pattern includes instructions for a fingering weight version and a worsted weight version. There are also instructions for a small shawl or a larger shawl. I followed the instructions for a small shall and I used fingering weight yarn. The pattern specifies you need approximately 800 yards of yarn for the small version but I estimate I only used about 464 yards of yarn. Clearly I could have made my shall much larger but actually it’s a very nice size.
Here are a bunch of photos to show you the details in this project. I enjoyed this pattern so much that I have cast on another Rainchain Shawl. I plan to add some beads to the design.
I hope you can get out and support your local yarn store! The pandemic has been tough on so many small businesses. There are fewer and fewer yarn shops around it seems with so many folks shopping on line. If we want small yarn stores to continue to exist, we must support them.
The photo above shows the project before and blocking and after blocking.