Quick Gift Knitting from Stephen West


Back when Stephen West was still a new designer he did several wonderful designs for Knitty. I’ve knit two of his shawl designs out of handspun for gifts, they are both a weekend (or less ) knit.

I’ve made three Colonnade shawls from handspun. It’s 3.5 stitches to the inch, a design from one of the earlier days when bulky yarn was popular.

I never put the button on it because the shaping allows it to just sit and stay on your shoulders.





I’ve made two Groove shawls. The pattern calls for a DK yarn, but I used a yarn closer to a worsted for a bigger shawl. I love the floating cables! This is a great one to combine a variegated yarn with a natural.







Boneyard isn’t a Knitty pattern, but it’s a free pattern on Ravelry. This may have been on of Stephen’s very first patterns.

It is an excellent one to just knit until you have the size you want or you run out of yarn. It looks fantastic in handspun, in any combination of colors.




I hope your gift knitting and spinning is still at the enjoyable stage. There is plenty of time and many, many movies waiting on Netflix to keep you company as you knit the nights away.

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com