Piccadilly Shawl

Piccadilly Shawl at Loop London. By Justyna Lorkowska for Loop. Knit with Eden Cottage Yarns, Hayton

With a swoop of lace and the prettiest stitch details, Piccadilly is a romantic crescent shaped shawl designed by Justyna Lorkowska for Loop. The luxuriously soft Eden Cottage Yarns Hayton, is striped together, dotted with eyelets and finished with a delicate picot edge.

We caught up with Justyna to find out more – make sure you read to the end of the post to find out how you could be one of three readers who can win a PDF copy of the pattern!

Hi Justyna! How did you come to start designing and find your place in the woolly world?

Actually, everything started by accident. In my “previous life” I taught English at a public school, mostly to kids and sometimes adults. After having my own children, like many new moms I took up knitting. My son Wojtek re-inspired in me the passion for making beautiful things and being crafty. I began making a lot of knitwear for children and eagerly learning new techniques. Then I started knitting up my own ideas and writing them down. To my surprise and delight people liked my creations and wanted more. After a while I submitted my first small design to Petite Purls (the former webzine with knitwear for kids) and IT clicked… that was four years ago. Gradually, I knit more and more – ideas started pouring out of my head as yarn started pouring out of every shelf and cupboard in my flat (I bet many knitters can relate), and my hobby became my job. I now teach knitting instead of English, and since knitting is now my job I’ve taken on new hobbies, venturing into spinning, weaving and sewing.

Photo Courtesy of  Justyna Lorkowska
Photo Courtesy of Justyna Lorkowska

How did your ideas for Piccadilly start and how did you translate these for the pattern?

The design process for me is different with different designs. Sometimes I begin by drawing a sketch. Other times I have a particular stitch pattern in mind which haunts me until I translate it to knitwear. And once in a while I just touch a skein of yarn and immediately know what it wants to become. Piccadilly was a mixture of a “stitch pattern craze” and the touch of yarn. 

Piccadilly Shawl at Loop London.  By Justyna Lorkowska for Loop.  Eden Cottage Yarns Hayton

From the moment I wound the skeins I knew they wanted to be an ornamental feminine shawl – something strikingly beautiful to be worn like jewelry.

Piccadilly uses Eden Cottage Yarns Hayton, which we love for its amazing colours. What do you love about the Hayton?

I’m a huge fan of Eden Cottage Yarns, and I haven’t come across any yarn dyed by Victoria that I didn’t like. Hayton is a gorgeous mix of merino, cashmere and nylon, with magnificent stitch definition (perfect for lace and cables!) as well as lovely drape, much needed for a shawl. I’d definitely work with it again.

Eden Cottage at Loop London in Marigold and Red Kite.
Eden Cottage Yarns at Loop London in Marigold and Red Kite

 

The colours used for your design (Red Kite and Marigold) look amazing together! How do you like to chose colours and are there any other combinations of yarns you’d like to try?

The colour combination I used for Piccadilly is probably not something people would generally do with yellow. Very often this colour is paired with grey (so called grellow) but I thought I’d try something different. I love the various combinations created by my fabulous testers – their projects ranged from very colourful with variegated picots to calm, neutral ones with a pop of colour. For Piccadilly, Hayton can easily be substituted with fingering weight yarns like Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light or DyeForYarn Fingering Merino & Silk – just make sure the yardage of one skein is not less than 350m.

Piccadilly Shawl at Loop London.  By Justyna Lorkowska for Loop. Eden Cottage Yarns Hayton

I’m sure many of our readers are also curious to know why name ‘Piccadilly’ – what does it mean to you?

The last time I was in London I was a student in my early twenties. I remember standing in Piccadilly Square in awe of the atmosphere, the colour, the lights – everything was so vibrant! Most of my designs are named after some memories of good times in my life, and Piccadilly was the first thing I thought of when it was time to name this shawl.

Piccadilly Shawl at Loop London. By Justyna Lorkowska for Loop. Knit with Eden Cottage Yarns Hayton

Well, you’ll be back in London soon as we are lucky enough to have you visit and teach at the shop! Tell us more about what people can look forward to.

First, lots of enthusiasm! I love teaching and sharing the knitting experience with peers. I’ll be offering three classes at Loop. Working with Cables and Texture (Saturday 4th June, 3pm – 6pm) will include, among other things, how to cable without a cable needle and how to perform cable surgery, releasing you from the fear of making mistakes. Russian Combination Method (Saturday 4th June, 10am – 2pm)  is a class very close to my heart because that is how my mother taught me to knit. The technique is related to continental knitting, but there are some tricks you need to know which will make Russian-style knitting easier and help you read the charts. Finally, my favourite class is The Beauty of Knitted-On Borders (Sunday 5th June, 11am-3pm). I’m completely obsessed with them – I love that they can make a very simple shawl look so intricate and unique. Actually, I’d use them on all my designs if I could. In this class I’ll show you how to create your own border from scratch and attach it to the shawl you want.

Knitted Borders with  Justyna Lorkowska
Knitted Borders with Justyna Lorkowska

Thanks Justyna! Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions and for creating such a wonderful pattern. Also our huge thanks to Susan Cropper for styling and Kristin Perers for her amazing photography.

We’re so thrilled about our new pattern Piccadilly that we’ve decided that not one, not two, but three of you lovely readers should be able to win a copy! That’s right, if you are one of the three names out of the hat then a PDF copy of the new Piccadilly shawl could be winging its way through cyber space to your needles.

All you need to do is leave a comment on the blog saying which colour combination you are musing on. Make sure you get your entries in by midnight on Wednesday 3rd March and we’ll announce the winners on next weeks blog. Good Luck!

Piccadilly Shawl at Loop London. By Justyna Lorkowska for Loop.  Eden Cottage Yarns Hayton

One final thing is to announce the winner of last weeks blog post. We gave you folks the chance to win a ball of the stunning Freia Bulky Ombre in the colour Nautilus that we used from our new free pattern Cecelia Cowl… and the winner is Gemma Rice! Congratulations! We’ll be in touch to let you know how to claim your prize.
Thank you to everyone who entered and make sure you get your entries in for this weeks competition too!

Until next week, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Piccadilly Shawl at Loop London.  By Justyna Lorkowska for Loop. Knit with Eden Cottage Yarns Hayton

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129 Comments on “Piccadilly Shawl

    • What a beautiful pattern. I especially liked Justyna’s comment about wearing it like a piece of jewelry. Loved the marigold/ red kite combo but am also taken with pairing steele with the red kite. If I don’t win a PDF :-) I’m likely to purchase this pattern!

  1. Certainly Red Kite and Marigold would be my choise. They are absolutely stunning beautiful for this adorable shawl.
    Crossing fingers for my luck.

  2. While I love the marigold and red kite combination, I think I would put Dianthus and Black Magic Rose together, I just did the woodland tales mittens out of black magic rose (DK though) and can’t get enough of that colour!

  3. Piccadilly is sooo stunning, must have it! Every single colour of Hayton is wonderful, can’t really decide which colour I would choose…maybe clematis and hyssop? Oak and merrigold? Or Black magic and rumbling rose.

  4. I would use hyssop and tarn – beautiful colours for a beautiful shawl – together they remind me of bluebell woods in the spring.

  5. This pattern everytime I look at it inspires me. There are so many good combinations but I would choose steel and dianthus.

  6. I just love this shawl, it is the perfect combination of frilly and sophisticated. If only I could make it for me in steel and stone.

  7. It is lovely yarn and for this wonderful pattern I would use Clematis and Fuschia together, although the colours shown in the photos are also sooooo perfect together.

  8. Although I like many combinations of the colors, I think I would want to make it in Marigold and Red Kite, because of the romantic and nostalgic feeling it gives me.

  9. Black magic rose and rambling rose. Well, that is what I think today. Tomorrow I will want to pick out two different colours – so much luscious choice!

  10. So many pretty choices! My favorite is Rambling Rose and Steel, although this shawl is so beautiful that any of the color combinations would be wonderful.

  11. I think marigold and twig would be nice together and kind to the eyes, but I’d almost have to hold the two yarns beside each other to make sure they aren’t to alike.

  12. I would love to knit this shawl but maybe too tricky for a first shawl project?! My colour choice would be damson and driftwood :-)

  13. What a beautiful, unique shawl! I love Justyna’s color choices but I would also give “sand and tarn” a try together. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  14. I’m so smitten with this pattern, the lace border makes it really something special.
    The Hayton colours are all beautiful, and while I love combining lots of different colours all at once, I really like using different shades and hues of just one, I’m torn between clematis/damson and dianthus/fuscia…..I’m not sure if the colours we’d like to knit this in have to be from that range, if we can chose others then I’d like to suggest the new Tamar wool by Blacker yarns…together Camel and Tiddy Brook remind me of the soft primroses appearing in the verges around near to where I live.

  15. I was originally drawn to this shawl by the unusual colour combination,but I suspect I will end up making more than one,it is so pretty and so useful,so my second colour choice would be Damson and fuschia,followed by many more I am sure…..

  16. I would love to try Marigold and Damson or Black Magic Rose and Driftwood. It’s a stunning pattern and the yarn colours and beautiful.

  17. Hi, I love the original in Marigold and Red Kite. It makes me think of Morocco!

    Although all Eden Cottage Yarns are sublimely beautiful… maybe also Damson and Marigold?

  18. I have to think outside the box cause it would be a perfect present for my sisters in laws 60th so Black Magic Rose & Driftwood would be her colours – love the pattern

  19. Gorgeous pattern – I’d love to knit it in Madeline Tosh’s ‘Mo Light’ yarn (which, despite other temptations, is the one I always go back to), colour choice Olivia + Prairie fire: something to really make your eyeballs dance..

  20. I clicked on the link to Justnya’s testers and immediately Chilly1’s beautiful cream and blue shawl leaped off the page. Calm and clear and made me think of the seaside.

  21. Wow what a beautiful shawl and wonderful design, if I had a chance to make it I would choose, midnight and tarn from Eden Cottage Hayton.

  22. Hyssop and Dianthus for me. Gorgeous summery shades. In that oh-so-pretty shawl, they make me think of lazing in the garden on a balmy summer’s afternoon, listening to the breeze and smelling the flowers.

  23. Your color usage of the fabulous yarn is so exciting.

    I also love the usage of stitches to create an outstanding looking shawl!

  24. What a beautiful, delicate and feminine shawl. What a lovely combination of stitches. I’m dreaming of this in a combination of Damson and Marigold.

  25. I love the red kit and marigold, too…but a dark grey and deep purple shawl
    would totally be the ticket, too!

  26. Beautiful shawl, I’m thinking I’d like to knit it in Damson and Rambling Rose, for when I’m feeling cool and moody.

  27. I just adore the Marigold and Red Kite. I am obsessed with yellows at the moment so this design in these colours just hit the spot!!

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