Knitmas Knitting queue: Foraois

​During a visit to my LYS, This is Knit, I noticed a rainbow of feather and fan lace and knew I had to add this shawl to my Ravelry queue for the Knitmas Knitting season. 

Photo copyright Jenny Sisk

This shawl is Foraois, meaning forest in Irish, and designed by Maria of This is Knit.

I love the simplicity of this triangular shawlette which starts at the top with a garter tab.

I asked Maria a couple of questions to find out more about the creativity behind the needles.

Where did you get the inspiration for this design?

I’ve always loved knitting shawls. At the time, I had been looking at different hap and Shetland patterns, and loved the look and texture of the more “rustic”, tweeded yarns, as well as the simplicity of the feather and fan edgings. The cable down the spine was basically to stop me going nuts with all the stockinette before I reached the interesting edge bit! 

What advice do you have to offer for new shawl knitters?

Advice for new shawl knitters? Go for it! It’s a fairly standard construction, starting with a garter tab. This can be a weensy bit fiddly when you haven’t done it before, but there are some useful video clips online if you’re stuck. 

You’ll be well comfortable with the knitting of it by the time you get to the edge, and here, stitchmarkers are your friend!

Thank you, Maria for yor time! 

Next time pop into This is Knit and say hello to Maria.

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