Working on the Galahad Scarf: New Pattern on the Way!

I've been spending my summer test knitting a large project for a designer whom I respect, and I've been so thankful for the opportunity to do so. While I've been knitting, I've been listening to the audiobook version of one of my most favorite books: The Mists of Avalon. It's the legend of Arthur as told from the perspective of the female characters, so often relegated to the status of "witch" or "temptress" in most tellings of the Arthur tale. Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote such an engrossing and beautiful tale, and I'm thoroughly enjoying story's unfolding all over again. I first read the book a decade ago, and it's stuck with me so fastly that I feel like I'm revisiting old, dear friends.

While knitting and listening to the book, I've become inspired to design a men's scarf pattern that's a modern interpretation of chain mail. Named for Lancelot's son, Galahad (which was also the name given to Lancelot in Avalon), this scarf will be written for two sizes: The large size will be a wider scarf, meant for wrapping in a classic fashion. The small scarf will be thinner and a bit shorter, for those men who prefer to knot their scarves.

The geometric grid pattern is made using just knit and purl stitches, and creates a satisfyingly gridded fabric that's masculine and modern. Knit with Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter, the woolen-spun American yarn is the perfect pairing with this pattern: traditional tweed meets a thoroughly modern palette. I love the way Shelter handles stitch definition; it shows stitch patterns so well, while the woolen quality softens the stitches a bit. The grid stitch pattern is softened and accentuated all at once.

I'm hoping to have this pattern finished and ready by August, which is reasonable considering I'm still giving the bulk of my knitting time to that large project I mentioned before. Galahad will have both charts and written instructions, and it's a great knit for those knitters who love a project with enough variation to hold their interest, but not so complicated that they can't travel with it. I'll keep you updated as the work comes along; until then, wish me luck in my test knitting!


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