I'm pleased to present my second shawl pattern of the summer, called Peppernut. It's now available in my Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy pattern shops.
Peppernut is a triangular shawl worked top-down in fingering or light fingering weight yarn. Named after the spicy Christmas cookie called Peppernut (or Pfeffernuesse), it pairs a simple knit-purl stitch with a broad lace border. The very last part of the edging can be worked in one of two ways—with scallops (as shown here) or straight (without scallops). The pattern provides instructions for both options.
I really like triangular shawls that begin with stockinette or garter stitch, then transition into lace. For Peppernut, I decided on a similar approach, but added a dash of texture with an easy-to-memorize knit-purl stitch.
More texture comes in the lace section, which features clusters of nupps. The lace pattern I chose didn't originally
include nupps; I added them to one of my swatches and was instantly smitten—I felt they really made the whole design all about texture. The knots or bobbles called nupps (pronounced "noops") are a
characteristic element of Estonian lace. If you'd like to learn more
about them, I highly recommend Nancy Bush's beautiful book Knitted Lace of Estonia.
Peppernut is written for one size, with a "wingspan" (width of top edge) of 52 inches/132 cm. It's the perfect size for draping over your shoulders with the point in back or wrapping around your neck kerchief style, with the point in front. Or, fasten it with your favorite shawl pin, for yet another look.
I knit the Peppernut sample in a lovely new yarn from Bare Naked Wools called Stone Soup fingering, in the Pumice colorway. A blend of wool, alpaca, Tencel, bamboo, silk, and bison, Stone Soup knits up into an appealing, nubbly fabric that catches light beautifully and feels simultaneously cozy and light on the shoulders. It also responds well to blocking—from the very first lace swatch, I was thrilled by its transformation.
I realized the other day that I've named three patterns after baked goods—first there was Streusel, then Biscuit, and now Peppernut. I swear this wasn't intentional, though I do like to bake. Maybe I should put together a pattern-and-recipe ebook (gluten free, of course)?
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