First Pick: Catkin, by Carina Spencer ($7.00)
I love the clever construction and colorwork on this cozy shawl. The first version has bold autumnal colors that really pop. The second version shows how a subtle color choice can make a very different finished object — I love both. The colorwork at the hem is done with slipped stitches, so it is much more accessible to knitters who fear Fair Isle colorwork.
There will always be more lace shawls out there that I want to knit, and this one just got bumped to the top of my “to do” list. I love the wide swaths of stocikinette (great for showing off some multi-colored yarn!), but what really got me is the 4-lobed hem edge — love it!
Third Pick: Spring Cloud, by Sachiko Uemura (FREE!)
For my last pick this Monday, I bring you this simple, elegant use of two yarns. The body is worked with a fingering-weight yarn held together with a lace-weight mohair yarn, and the feather-light cowl is worked with the lace yarn alone. It floats above the top like a separate cowl, but it matches and drapes perfectly.