Blog Tour: Palette from Inspiration Knits

We here at Yarn in the City are huge fans of Inspiration Knits, and the designer behind all those wonderful patterns, Louise Zass-Bangham. Louise has been a Great London Yarn Crawl volunteer, and a podcast interviewee, helping sort out the intricacies of #VATMESS, so we are very happy to be the  first stop on the Inspiration Knits Blog Tour for the release of Palette, Louise's newest pattern collection.

Painted worked in Rhichard Devriez Peppino in "Agawa Canyon", and Fresco worked in Miss Babs Yowza! in "Gal Noir"

Palette is a mini-collection of two scarf/shawl patterns designed to show off those gorgeous variegated skeins that all of us collect and adore, but maybe aren't sure how to use. Louise has used a vintage stitch pattern that keeps the colours in wildly variegated yarns from becoming too blended, allowing the beauty of the different tones to really shine. These patterns are perfect for those wild skeins that you might have picked up on one of editions of the Great London Yarn Crawl.

Painted, worked in Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in "Berlin"

Painted, worked in Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in "Berlin"

The first pattern in the collection, Painted, is a shallow triangle scarf worked in fingering weight yarn (hello crazy sock yarn stash!), that can be adjusted to use up your entire skein of yarn (around 440 yds/400 m). We appreciate this detail hugely around here, as there's nothing more frustrating then having little balls of sock yarn leftovers that aren't enough for another project!

Fresco uses the same vintage stitch pattern as Painted, but is a larger piece: a simple triangular shawl knit in approximately 550 yds/500 m of either DK or worsted weight yarn. The larger yarn makes for a super cozy wrap.

Fresco, worked in Blissful Knits Tango in "Regal Berry"

Fresco, worked in Blissful Knits Tango in "Regal Berry"

We can't wait to cast on for these pieces, using some of the crazy variegated yarns that have been hibernating in our stashes (case in point). And it's also great to have these available for future crazy yarn purchases - perhaps at the Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace this September? Some of our vendors are sure to have yarn that fits the bill!

We're thrilled to help send these patterns on their way to all you shawl knitters out there. Louise has very kindly donated an electronic copy of the collection to one lucky blog reader. Just leave a comment on this post by midnight GMT, Wednesday 1 April, and we will pick a winner using the random number generator.

The next stop in the Inspiration Knits Blog Tour is Knitted Bliss, who will be posting on Wednesday. Check out all the rest of the stops on the Tour, which we've linked below, and happy knitting!

Tuesday 24 March: Inspiration Knits

Wednesday 25 March: Yarn in the City

Thursday 26 March: Knitted Bliss

Friday 27 March: Knit with Attitude

Monday 30 March: Miss Babs

Tuesday 31 March: Yarn & Pointy Sticks

Wednesday 1 April: SweetGeorgia Yarns

Thursday 2 April: The Golden Skein

Friday 3 April: Fyberspates