The Faethe shawl is something that has been a work in progress for a couple of years now. It was an early attempt at a crescent shaped shawl pattern that I started working on with a close friend. We both began with skeins of Anzula Yarns Breeze, and we wanted to use the silk and linen blend for a light-weight spring and summer shawl.
As sometimes happens, the first draft was really problematic. The lace edging worked out perfectly, but the shawl body just wasn't right. It didn't really form a crescent shape, involved tons of counting, and was really cumbersome to write and to knit.
After the feedback from the first round of testing, this project went on the shelf, and waited for inspiration to hit. When I asked a technical editor, Polly Hammond of Butterscotch Press, about the shawl, she thought it should be knit in a wool fiber to really show off the beauty of the cables and lace, so I began there. As I was knitting the red sample, I re-worked the shawl body to create a better, less cumbersome crescent shape.
Changing the shawl body allowed me to work out a formula that made this pattern an "any yarn, any gauge" shawl pattern, which I think really makes this a versatile shawl pattern, a great addition to your pattern collection.
So, after much waiting, two rounds of testing and editing, I now am pleased to offer the Faethe shawl in my pattern collection. As I've said, this pattern will work with any yarn, from Lace weight to Bulky, and at any gauge, so all you have to do is choose a yarn and make a fabric you like. The pattern is completely customizable from there, so you choose the length, and make it to suit your preferences.
I've decided to offer a couple of different ways to help you save on the cost of the pattern, since I know many are watching our budgets pretty closely, trying to stick to our spending and savings goals for the new year.
The first option is a fun one that offers you a chance to gift the pattern to a friend, and receive a free copy for yourself. Since this started out as a friendly knit-along project for me, I think it would be a fun friend knit-along for you as well. Just gift the pattern to a friend using Ravelry's Send a Gift function, and I will gift you a copy via Ravelry. (This has to be done manually, so I will complete all gifts once daily for the period of the sale.)
The second saving option is a coupon code that will give you 25% off the purchase price. Use coupon code: FaetheDebut to get your savings. Here is an easy link that will put the pattern and coupon code in your Ravelry cart: http://www.ravelry.com/redeem/meridith-shepherd-designs?code=FaetheDebut .
Both promotions run through midnight CST on Friday January 15th, so choose your favorite and save today.