Solar Flare



I fell in love with two gorgeous skeins of hand-dyed yarn at a wool festival in Zug (Switzerland). So what could I do, they came home with me.

Designing with variegated yarn is always special, you have to be really careful to come up with a pattern that you can actually see because yarns like this can easily steal the show if you let them. So you need the pattern and the yarn to be partners, complementing each other, and not competitors fighting for your attention.

The name of this colourway is called Crimson Sunset and I found that theme an exciting starting point for my design inspiration. I had the rays of the sun in mind when I designed the rib pattern on the body and the eyelet pattern of the border. I went for textures that are simple but fun and relaxing to knit.

This shawl is the beginning of a new adventure for me. With an 18-month-old daughter, finding the time, or an opportunity to design, hasn’t been easy lately. But I have lots of new ideas, which I have been working on slowly but surely.

142 cm x 51 cm 
56 inches x 20 inches

SnailYarn Merino Twist 
100% merino 
366 meters (400 yards) / 100 grams 
2 skeins in Crimson Sunset

3.75 mm (US 5) circular needle, at least 100 cm (40 inches) long 
4 mm (US 6) circular needle, at least 100 cm (40 inches) long

stitch markers (optional) 
blocking pins

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