Grace’s entry, the LovinComfort Shawl, was the first entry we received and the wait was well worth it. The LovinComfort Shawl stayed at the store for about a week and was admired by staff (including self), and customers alike.
Here is what Grace had to say about her design:
One day while visiting Live Stitch – Little Knits’ store blog – I noticed the Trenna contest announcement and KNEW the idea I had for a shawl percolating in my brain would be perfect for Trenna. I also knew that it would be whisper thin and drape very well even if I doubled the yarn, which I planned to do.
I chose the Clara Barton color line as the rich red of this color reminds me of Valentines and love. The name of the design is inspired by my experiences with knitting since whatever I knit I give away out of love and the desire to provide comfort. And this is why I named this piece the LovinComfort Shawl.
I chose an overall triangle shape because that is my dear husband’s favorite shape – 35 years and counting – and he is a master blocker who works exclusively for me (I have mobility issues that make it difficult for me to block pieces while getting down on the floor level).
I used an easy repeat for the body of the shawl and a lovely knitted on border. LovinComfort is an easy to knit shawl, full of grace and drape, and would look lovely in any color of Trenna.
Honeycomb Shawl is a Weaverknits pattern, designed by the lovely folks who also designed the Tempest featured on Knitty.
This shawl/scarf is the longest design we received for the Trenna contest at 108” and it is surprisingly substantial for a lace weight wool/silk blend yarn. At first I thought the designer had doubled up the yarn and used the whole hank but no, only 2 grams (roughly half of a hank of Trenna), was used for the whole thing! We all like the retro-mod look of this piece and…does it look a little French to you too?
Here is what the designer had to say about Honeycomb:
Looking for an easy, even a first lace project? The Honeycomb Shawl is knit in garter stitch, with all motifs formed by simple combinations of yarn-over and knit 2 together.
Inspired by traditional Orenburg shawls, I challenged myself to create a pattern that used some of their motifs but was simple and accessible to both knit and wear. The clean, graphic impact of the shawl will accent any outfit, and the wool/silk combination of Trenna will allow for year-round wear. The lace pattern is also simple enough to compliment more vibrant, variegated lace colorways.
I chose to add a complimentary colored border to one end of my shawl for an unexpected modern touch that reflects my love for asymmetrical knits and Grellow (grey and yellow, that is).
I have posted about our Schaefer Trenna design contest in several forums as well as on Ravelry and thought why not here.
I would like to invite you to participate in our Trenna pattern-design contest. Here are all the facts:
All patterns must use Schaefer Trenna. Please note that participants get 10% off and free shipping for their Trenna purchases (yes, the yarn would be purchased from us – simply let us know that you will be participating in the contest and we will take care of the rest).
The submittal deadline is May 14th; we must receive both your patterns and your knitted projects by mail at the end of the day. We will then pick 10 designs and all projects will be photographed and listed for our customers and friends, who will vote for a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. 1st place winner will receive $400, second place $200, and the third place winner will receive $100.
The winning samples and the patterns will become the property of Little Knits and the winning patterns can only be sold and/or distributed by us. In addition, we will reimburse the winners the cost of their Trenna purchase. All other projects will be returned to the designers.
If you are interested and/or have additional questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look forward to hearing from you.