New Release : Charlatan

“A charlatan is a person practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception.” (Wikipedia)

Charlatan is a triangular shaped shawl with an unconventional construction.  It is the second shawl in the Looking Back Series-named for those snake oil salesmen of old, peddling their wares on false pretenses, and for those who dared to hope for the miraculous results they promised.

This shawl is a study in deception and trickery.  With its novel construction and opportunity for nearly endless yarn combinations, you’ll be able to easily showcase those hidden and lonely skeins in your stash. Step right up! I invite you to see its magical properties for yourself!

I love being able to take a sticking point about a traditional construction method--in this case, how to knit just one third of a center-out triangular shawl in  one yarn, while the other two thirds are worked in a coordinating color--and concocting a solution that is both simple and functional!  For this shawl, I wanted to be able to incorporate a beautiful (but sometimes hard to work with) variegated skein or a mini-skein pack in the top portion of the shawl, while working the lower portion in something more solid that would allow the lacework to sing.  And Charlatan does just that!

You also get the lovely juxtaposition of nubbly garter stitch on top with smooth stockinette below--I love combining those textures!  And the lace is really the star of the show.  It's geometric and just a little art deco-ish, and the perfect accent for this interesting piece.  The optional picot edging gives it a beautiful final flourish!

I would like to say a special thank you to my fantastic group of test knitters for this shawl.  You all have been so amazing to work with and I so appreciate you sharing your time and talents with me to perfect this design!  Please take a moment to check out their awesome project pages by clicking through to Ravelry and selecting the Projects tab at the top!  You are all phenomenal!

Full details about the shawl can be found on Ravelry.  I appreciate you taking a moment to click through to see it! 

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