All images courtesy of Loop Knitting Ltd. Photography by Kristin Perers. Styling by Susan Cropper.
We have added more free craft projects to our library, including a new knitting pattern, the Tiny Tassels Shawl, courtesy of Loop London, designed by Karin Fernandes. This is a simple pattern that gives you a great excuse to play with different colour combinations in the form of little ditsy tassels to create a charming shawlette.
Loop’s yarn recommendations are Qing Fibre Merino Single and MadelineTosh Unicorn Tails, but you could use any 4ply / fingering weight yarn from your stash. Sizes range from 96–112cm / 38–44in wide x 38–40cm / 15–16in deep depending on which yarn and needle size you use. This versatile pattern would also be wonderful knit in either thicker yarns or making a larger one by using more than 1 skein of the main colour. Just bear in mind that you would then need more of the yarns you are using for the tiny tassel.
Practising a craft can be soothing. Last year, a BBC Arts and UCL survey of almost 50,000 people found that even a small amount of creative activity can help people to cope with difficult emotions. The coping mechanisms within the creative practice were threefold; as a distraction tool, as a contemplation tool and as a means of self-development, by building up confidence through achievement. Hand-making textiles can provide an ideal mix of relaxing repetition and mind-focusing concentration.
Each issue of Selvedge includes a project and we make many available in the Community section of our website. We will be adding more projects during this stressful period, and for anyone looking for distraction in a magazine, we have created a special discount code on all back issues, enjoy 50% off with code STAYATHOME. This will be active for the duration of the pandemic.
For full details and instructions download the Tiny Tassels pattern.
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