For me, a shawl is often a great canvas to show what your yarn and their shades can do! If you need a few suggestions for our #NaturesShadesAlong then feel free to take some inspiration from here, or dig into my suggestion bundle on Ravelry. If you didn’t need inspiration and now you have an even longer list then sorrynotsorry, ha!
This is a DK weight shawl, which would be a great pattern for natural shades, with each section being a different shade, or perhaps changing the colour of the garter YO sections – this might be a great plan for those wanting to use that small dyed allowance!
I think this would look great in a range of different breed yarns, but a North Ronaldsay would be beautiful! I was really impressed with Lauriston Farm North Ronaldsay yarn, which ErickaEckles sent me to try after our first #woolexploration.
The minimum amount of natural shades you need to use are two, and there are lots of 2 colour shawls. I love Donna Smith’s Mytilus, which is a DK Shetland shawl, knit in Donna’s own yarn Langsoond. I think I would definitely make this is Shetland wool, but it would look incredible in any breed wool; smooshy in BFL, lustrous in Wensleydale or Gotland! Maybe you will go down to a sport or 4ply and make a lighter shawl?
Actually, we could have a lot of Libby’s designs in this -along, as you can use two or more shades in many of her shawls and garments.
I do love Windsinger – 4ply/fingering, simple garter and eyelets, but how you use your natural shades is up to you!
This popped up on my Ravelry highlights a few weeks ago and I thought it would be incredible for this KAL
Not only is this incredibly striking, but it will be an utter stash-buster too!
There is scope for LOTS of Melanie Berg shawls in this KAL too, particularly if you are looking to take part in the Mostly Natural option. In fact, I have some Birlinn Yarn that would look fabulous in this, perhaps teamed with some Uist Wool.
Talk about striking! I love how this looks – it reminds me how hounds tooth. Again its DK ( I am often drawn to a DK shawl) and uses approx 675m. I’d be tempted by something with a bit of gloss and texture for this and not a bright contrast. Perhaps John Arbon’s Zwartble and Exmoor Blue in the lightest shade and darkest shades; or the natural cream and “black” Wensleydale (which is very brown) from Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop
It is so lovely to see so many of you excited for Natures Shades over in the Ravelry group. You have such great enthusiasm for naturals, I love it!