Feel The Breeze

January 25, 2024



One of the most difficult things about test projects is that you can't share them until they are published! This morning I got the OK to post this new shawl pattern, Feel The Breeze by Jennifer Weisman.  The pattern is so clever and the knitting is addictive. I absolutely loved making it. The pattern looks gorgeous with a gradient set, but I knew I'd get a lot of wear with this color combination, plus it was waiting in my stash for the perfect shawl. I held two beautiful yarns together: a soft cotton by Shibui (discontinued), and the great Rowan Kidsilk Haze, a silk and mohair lace yarn. These yarns combined with the pattern made magic happen on the needles and it is one of my favorite shawl projects. Since I love neutrals, I find myself grabbing it constantly. It looks very simple and elegant when I slip it around my shoulders.


The shawl is knit entirely in garter stitch and while garter is the most simple knitting pattern in knittingdom, it also makes the most gorgeous texture. The ripples are created using a feather and fan, another easy stitch pattern, and the fans are created with German short rows. If any of these techniques are new to you, this is the perfect pattern to give them a try. Everything is neatly explained and I'm certain you will love knitting it. The pattern layout is fabulous and every single one of the testers enjoyed the experience.

And now I have to sing the praises of Rowan Kidsilk Haze! I know there are dozens and dozens of mohair and silk lace blends available, but did you know that 20 years ago Rowan was the first to introduce this type of yarn? Over the years I have knit almost 40 projects using this lovely yarn, so you know I'm a fan. They have over 80 available colors and their price point is incredibly good compared to other similar yarns. I love to knit it double but also love it as a carrier yarn with another lightweight yarn. 



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12 Comments

  1. Another beauty! Such an inspiration!

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  2. That is absolutely beautiful. It must take a very long time with all of those short rows, or am I completely wrong?

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    1. Not at all! The short rows take no extra time and in fact, this uses about 700 yards for yarn (factoring in the doubled yarn) and so takes less time to knit than a sweater. Completely fun and easy and not time consuming.

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  3. I really love this! Your color choices make it supremely elegant.

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  4. Love the shawl and went to site to buy pattern immediately. It is not available until May 15th unless you join her group and buy a colorwy from her at $106. Lovely, but I will have to wait for her to release pattern to all.

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    1. Oh my! I didn't know that. I was aware the pattern was part of a yarn promotion but I'm sorry you can't buy the pattern without the yarn. At least for now.

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  5. I am a huge fan, already subscribed to your site and love receiving all of your emails. You are such a great inspiration in lots of ways. Thank you for elevating the craft and skills of knitting. And pretty much anything else you turn your hand to. Wow. By the way - I’m a neighbor to your south (Pasatiempo) - so I appreciate the way you inspire with gardening tips and gorgeous photos. Finally, your grandson is so CUTE - and I have made a couple of sweaters for babies inspired by one of your patterns when he was tiny. Thanks so much, Kristen. I look forward to all your posts - and have gone through some of them several times. Best wishes to you!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. BTW, we love Pasatiempo and when my husband retired years ago we seriously looked to move there. My husband loves gold and we both love the community--so pretty! But we stayed put as all our friends are here, you know how that is! I'm so glad you have babies to knit for. I wish I still did! My grandson is now 6 and he has to wear a uniform to school and on weekends he likes his superhero sweatshirts. Oh well, it was good when it lasted!

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  6. Dear Kristen Amen to all of the above. I hear you regarding neutrals, hence Danish Musings, but suggested the others because of the pattern choices and quality of the knitting. And am a big fan of Kidsilk Haze myself. Makes every color look more elegant to me, even the brighter ones perhaps because it mutes them - which is better for much older me. Love your shawl! Love feather-and-fan. Thank you for encouraging us to push beyond our self-imposed boundaries. Example is everything. Chloe

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  7. Thank you Chloe. Yes, Helle sure has an eye doesn't she? I just love her esthetic and her outlook on life in general. She lives a somewhat simple life but she does not seem to lack for anything. Very inspiring lady. And I agree with you about KSH being elegant. Thats the perfect work for it--it even makes the humble garter stitch and feather and fan look fancy!

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