October 15th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Russian Sage Shawl

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In the Russian Sage Shawl budding branch shapes swirl around in a breath-taking lace crescent. Little branch and leaf shapes create an overall elaborate effect without conflicting with the bright colors of variegated Valley Yarns Leyden, our newest yarn.

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The designer, Kirsten Hipsky, says, “The process for designing this shawl was a lot of fun: I took one of my favorite crescent shawl shapes (as seen in the Foxfire Shawl and the Iced Branch Shawl), started it, and improvised a little lace within the shapes as it grew. Once I was satisfied with the basic lace motifs, I repeated them for the rest of the shawl. Like a kaleidoscope or making a snowflake – there’s so much beauty to be found in symmetry and repetition. And I think the results are just stunning!”

Sara

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4 Responses to “Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Russian Sage Shawl”

  1. Nancy Says:

    Him could you tell me the level of difficulty with the Russian Sage Shaw? I don’t see this in the brief description. I am a beginner crochet and don’t want to tackle something I’m not ready for yet. Thanks, Nancy

  2. Sara Says:

    Hi Nancy,

    The Russian Sage Shawl is knit not crochet. If you’ve knit lace before you should be ok, the pattern is both written and in chart form.

  3. Julie Says:

    Wow, looks so beautiful! Is there a way to make it slightly longer so it covers the arms more? I make shawls for my mom and she needs her arms covered because they feel cold (she has fibromyalgia). I assume this is a top down pattern like most shawls? If I do it in a higher number weight yarn would it work out so it’s longer? Or would that make it also do bulky?

  4. Sara Says:

    Hi Julie,

    Thanks for asking! This shawl isn’t an easy one to extend beyond what is written. You could certainly use a larger yarn and needle to achieve a longer and wider piece. Or you could try a shawl that is already written to be more of the length you’re looking for, like our Greenway Shawl, which you could knit in the Leyden for those same beautiful colors.

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