New lovely things: Ikaika, Carousel II, and posts you will love!

Ikaika by MSkiKnits

It has been a very exciting day here in Infinite Twist Land:  There's a new sweater kit in the shop, my new shawl design Carousel II is available, and there are two posts on WithMel you should really check out!

First, the sweater: Designed by MSkiKnits, Ikaika (which means strong in Hawaiian) is named after an especially beloved horse. Mel has written up a gorgeous blog post about the design inspiration behind this sweater - find it on her blog here.

This sweater uses Infinite Twist's Helix held double. I love using Helix this way, since it creates a knitted fabric with just the right amount of drape and substance. Kits are in the shop.  I hope this care-free and spirited knit gallops its way onto your needles!

Second, the shawl: You know that feeling when you have a project that you can't quite get out of your head? That's where I was with my Carousel Scarf/Shawl pattern.

The original version (free on Ravelry here) is an Aran/Heavy Worsted weight, and it a great showcase for a hand-spun yarn.

But... truth be told, the version of it I wear most is lighter; a DK-weight that is the perfect amount of cozy without being bulky. 

Carousel II by Cate Carter-Evans

So back to the drawing board I went, this time with a bunch of mini-skeins and a plan to update this wardrobe staple with a pop of color. And thus, we have Carousel II!

Kits for the shawl are in the shop in two colors. If there's a special gradient you'd like, let me know - I'd be happy to dye up a custom kit for you.

Third, the posts: Make sure to check out Mel's post on how to wear shawls. So many of us knitters make shawls. But then what? With her trademark warmth and wit, Mel's post  includes great tips for layering and styling. 

Want more great shawl-related content? Check out the Shawl Together Project.  

Wishing you a fun and exciting Tuesday, and happy knitting!