It’s travel season! Whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile, air conditioning can make your trip uncomfortable — unless, that is, unless you are carrying the cozy Lambspun Travel Shawl. This travel shawl, knit from softest 100% Alpaca Wool (bordered with two colors of Fine Merino Wool), is just the thing to wrap around you in a drafty train station or cuddle up with to make the car or airplane seat more comforting on that long trip.
Designed for Lambspun by Larissa Breloff, the Travel Shawl pattern uses only knit, purl, and slip stitches. The two-color border is knit simultaneously with the body of the shawl, twisting yarns on the wrong side of the shawl to create a seamless color change at the edge of the border.
Did you know?
Alpaca fiber is similar in structure to sheep wool fiber, but softer, warmer, and not as prickly, due to the smoother scale surface of the fiber. Alpaca fleece has no lanolin, making it hypoallergenic. Alpacas have been bred in South America for thousands of years. (They are one of the few animals — along with guinea pigs and llamas — that were originally domesticated in South America.) Two thousand year-old Peruvian textiles are thought to include alpaca fiber. This fiber, also known as “The Fiber of the Gods”, was used to make clothing for royalty. In recent years, interest in alpaca farming and alpaca fiber clothing has surged, in part, because alpaca ranching has a relatively low impact on the environment. Outdoor sports enthusiasts endorse clothing made from alpaca fibers, claiming that the lighter weight and better warmth provides more comfort in cold weather. (Adapted from “Alpaca fiber” from en.m.wikipedia.org.)
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The Lambspun Travel Shawl is featured in Maggie Sefton’s latest knitting mystery, Dyeing Up Loose Ends. This newly published addition to the popular Kelly Flynn mystery series that takes place at The Backporch Cafe and Lambspun is also available in the store or from the website.
Travel Shawl Pattern:
- Level: Easy
- Size: one-size
- Finished measurement: Approximately 26″ wide x 60″ long
- Gauge is not important for this project.
Included in the Travel Shawl kit:
- 100% Alpaca yarn (~1200 yards)
- 100% Fine Merino yarn for borders (Color A 70 yards and Color B 70 yards) Choose from several color combinations.
- Lambspun Travel Shawl pattern
- Needles:US Size 8 or 9 (32 inches) circular needles (Not included in the kit but available from Lambspun.)
Notes on Lambspun Hand-dyed yarns:
Lambspun provides unique and spectacular yarns to help make each of your projects one-of-a-kind. Please note that dye lots will have variations in color due to hand-painting techniques.
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