Updated: Nov 14
Design Diary Part 2
My family loves sailing. I on the other hand get so sick in a boat all romance is lost! So while I would love to say the Bellingham Bay Shawl was inspired by my own love of sailing, it would be blatantly untrue. This shawl is designed with the nostalgia of watching boats in the Bellingham and Chuckanut Bays as I sit comfortably on the beach with my knitting.
Tiny boats ride waves along the edges of this bottom up triangle shawl as twisted stitches mimic the gentle rain we in the Pacific North West know so well.
I am super proud of this design for a few reasons. First of all, there are three different methods of following the lace (written, charted, and charted for low visibility). But I figured out those little sailboats all by myself with no charts or instructions to help me! And they are so effing cute riding along on the waves like they are!
This pretty shawl is a bottom up triangle. That means we don’t have to start with a garter ridge tab, we have to FINISH with one. The other bit I had to put a lot of time into figuring out was the Reverse Garter Ridge Tab. I totally engineered it myself because I couldn’t find where it had been done before. I will make a blog post about that soon, but in the mean time the pattern has written instructions, photos to show what I’m talking about and links to a YouTube video I made as support. You can check out the video here. You‘re welcome ;)
This bottom up design might be my new favorite thing when it comes to a shawl. I love a good triangle shawl but I do not love how long each row takes as we near the end! With a bottom up triangle shawl, each row gets faster and faster as we go. I am so here for that!
I am also happy to share that this pattern is sold using the Pay What Works Model of Pricing. There are discount codes that never expire, offering buyers an opportunity to purchase my patterns for 10, 20 or 30 percent off the marked price. Considering the time, effort, and financial investment I put in creating this pattern, I have priced it at a price that I feel honors my investment. At the same time, I do not think that money is the only way to demonstrate an items value. Nor do I think that a person‘s right to create should be dictated by their current financial situation.
There are many ways to offer support besides money! If accessing Ravelry is not an issue for you, follow this link to the Ravelry Project Page and heart it! If you make the Bellingham Bay Shawl, make a Ravelry Project and link it up! Take pictures and post to social media with the hashtags #BellinghamBayShawl and #SunDaughterKnits and be sure to tag @SunDaughterKnits. Save this Design Diary blog post or the pattern to Pinterest. The easiest thing to do right now to offer support? Drop a heart or comment on this Design Diary.
Looking for some inspiration for your own version of the Bellingham Bay Shawl? Check out this post’s sister, Design Diary Part 1! A beautiful array of fibers,