Guérande lies on the Brittany coastline, and has been an area connected with salt production for a very long time. The salt, produced by evaporating seawater in a sequence of tidal pools, is famed for its colour as much as its quality. The workers, paludiers, rake up the drying salt, mixing in mud and algae with the finished product.
The shawl is a deep crescent shawl, with a subtle textured finish. The delicate slipped stitch edging echoes the paludiers’ rakes, drawing lines through the salt.
The shawl has a variety of options: two sizes (Small / Large), and three colour versions are included:
- Single Colour Version with Accenting Colour Ways: a single yarn colour is used for the body of the shawl, with one or two additional colours used for the slip stitch edging (and cast off if desired).
- Colour Block Version: Broad stripes of colour (five on the small version, seven on the large), with contrasting slip stitch edging.
- Gradient Version: Multiple colours are used (four on the small version, five on the large) to create a shifting colour scheme, with sections alternating between using one colour and two. Again, contrasting colours are used for the slip stitch edging.
Samples shown use (Small / Single Colour) Bilum Slika and Ginger’s Hand Dyed Splendor 4 Ply, and (Large / Colour Block & Gradient) Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight (for full details on colours / yarns used please see images below).
487 - 1640 yds / 446 - 1499.5 m fingering weight / 4 ply yarn. For the specific yarn requirements, please refer to the colour options shown in the accompanying pictures.
4.5 mm / US 7 needles
22 sts x 24 rows = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib worked flat before blocking.
Width 56 (79) “ / 142 (200.5) cm.
Depth 17 (26) “/ 43 (66) cm.
The individual pattern will be able to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£4.50 GBP).
A Love Like Salt: North
"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”
Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.
Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.
The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.
If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).
If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.
(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).