Inspiration Focus: Derecho

We headed cross-country back to St. Louis for Thanksgiving weekend last week. The 13 hour car drive across Colorado, Kansas and Missouri certainly brings lots of knitting time! Consequently, I was able to (finally) finish my Derecho. This is the second one I have done. I did the first one in the smaller size (see it here), and chose to do this one in the larger size. The small size stops before the last two long strips on the bottom left and right edge, so you can see how the size compares. There is a lot of knitting in the larger size. I made this one out of Shalimar Breathless in Sea Glass, Neptune and Buttermilk. You need a light, medium and dark color for this pattern. For this larger size, I used 1 1/2 skeins of the darkest color, 1 skein each of the other two. Despite being a bit tired of all that knitting by the end, I did make the border a bit larger. I did 10 rows (including pickup and bindoff) instead of the 3 that it called for. I like that the border is twice the width of the regular stripes.

I wanted to share some of the beautiful Derecho Shawls (by designer Laura Aylor) that inspired me to make the two that I made this summer and fall. Thanks to all of you who chose this design for one of your Camp Loopy projects this summer.

Martha’s Derecho made with Madelinetosh Sock in Wash, Forestry and Mineral:

MK’s Derecho made with Madelinetosh Sock in Antler, Iris and Tart:

Beth’s Derecho made with Swan’s Island Organic Fingering in Blue, Iron Oxide and Forest Floor:

Glenna’s Derecho made with Madelinetosh Merino Light in Dusk, Mare and Sequoia:

Malia’s Derecho made with theย Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Black, Slate and Malachite:

Kristi’s Derecho made with the Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Navy, Lilac and Orchid:

Jump on in to the Derecho pattern. All you need is a light, a medium, and a dark (fingering weight, 400 yards or so of each color, unless you’re doing the large size and then you’ll need more of the dark color). Or try one of Laura’s other beautiful patterns – Faberge, All the Shades of Truth, Enamored, Oak Park, Serra, and more. I think the Oak Park scarf will be one of my next projects. It looks fun to knit up! Plus, I like projects that involve more than one color. Do you?

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  1. I have All the Shades of Truth started, and by started I mean I have about 20 rows done at the very beginning and that’s the extent of knitting on that. After Christmas it’s definitely going to get done. I also have Oak Park, and it will definitely be one that is made. I think making it in tonal shades of blue would look amazing. If I get to come to Spring Fling perhaps this could be a project I shop for!


  2. I love the combination of colors in your Derecho shawl. I have yarn to make two of them in my closet. I need to finish my Christmas knitting and my 4th Quarter Challenge. Beautiful!

  3. Funny you should mention Oak Park. I bought the pattern awhile ago and I think I have the five colors I want to use – Shalimar Breathless in Driftwood, Bark and Butterscotch and Zoe in Bluecrop and Cranberry. Some of these I bought but didn’t use during Camp Loopy. I just have to figure out if the two Zoes are too dark. I still have Christmas presents to finish first though. I love your Derecho.

  4. OH MY GOSH!!!!!” All of those Derecho’s are absolutely beautiful!!! I am in no way ready for a Derecho! But kudos to each and every one of you! Sheri- you must be a little loopy to have done 3!!!! :). I like Laura Aylor’s designs. I may get there someday! Glad you had a nice trip and made it home safely Sheri. :).

  5. Sheri, I’m so glad you posted this! I am ready to pick up my border stitches (I also did the larger size) and was contemplating making the border wider. Seeing yours I know for certain now that’s what I want to do. Thank you!!

  6. OHMYGOSH!! Your Derecho is gorgeous!! And I LOVE the Faberge pattern! I may need to add that one to my pattern wish list!

  7. I’m working on All the Shades of Truth. It’s a great pattern! I may have to put a Derecho on the list soon – all of the photos are beautiful!

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