Week of New Patterns: Clarity

It's turning into the Week of New Patterns! First there was a new free 'recipe' on the blog - Simplest Garter Stitch Bandana - and then the official release of Seafoam Shawlette-to-Shrug, self-published on Ravelry and Craftsy. Today I'm completing the hat-trick with my first magazine-published pattern - Clarity.
Image courtesy of Let's Knit
The design is part of Let's Knit magazine's "Screen Shot" feature* - which introduces readers to a different 'online knitter' each month.  I was delighted and incredibly flattered to be asked to contribute a pattern and some knitting tips, and wanted my design to be a reflection of the things I like to make and wear myself. 

Clarity is a versatile oversized wrap which can be worn in various different ways (do you see a theme developing here?). It's made from just two skeins of Malabrigo Sock, which is a gorgeous light- fingering weight yarn. Given it's size, and that it's a stocking stitch rectangle, you may be surprised to know that it's made without any purl stitches, and is knit in the round on circular needles. (If you've been reading the blog for a while, you may not be at all surprised, as I always prefer to knit in the round and on circs!) 

In her Knitter's Almanac, Elizabeth Zimmerman says:
When you set out on the annual family trip naturally you have you take your knitting; something has to keep you sane in the face of the possibly quite ferocious situations you will be up against in the next two weeks. Try a shawl. Do not scoff; it is the perfect travel knitting, as I have proved to myself many times. A round shawl, in fine wool, on a circular needle, is my invariable companion when space is limited, waiting-around probable, and events uncertain.
This shawl may not be round, but meets all the other criteria - it's very simple (I like simple!) and easy to remember. It would make a perfect travelling project, and the finished object is also great for holidays as it can be folded small (it weighs just under 200g) and can be worn in so many different ways - as a wrap, cover-up, a little blanket, folded into a scarf...

If you'd like to knit Clarity, you can get your hands on a copy of Let's Knit issue 80 from newsagents right now, or if you prefer digital magazines via the Let's Knit App from tomorrow. It's listed on Ravelry so you can link up your projects, or add it to your queue. I hope you like it and look forward to seeing your projects!

*If you're visiting the blog for the first time after reading the magazine, hello and WELCOME. It's lovely to have you here. Please take the time to have a browse around - most people start with the 'tips & tutes' or patterns pages, but there's sure to be plenty to keep you occupied for a while. I hope to see you again soon!  


  1. Wonderful shawl. Congratulations on your hat trick

  2. Congrats! Looks like a lovely pattern.

  3. Beautiful, guess I'm going to have to buy another knitting magazine ;-)


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