(Re) introducing Rain Chain Shawlette

Rain, rain, rain. And then the flowers bloom!

This is my Rain Chain Shawlette. I designed it for the Knit Picks Little Luxuries Collection two years ago, and now it’s available on Ravelry, too.

The Rain Chain Shawlette is a sideways end to end knit, and both edges have interesting detailing. It was inspired by the kusari doi, the traditional copper rain chain of the Japanese garden.

The Rain Chain Shawlette is worked flat from end to end to form a gentle crescent shape. It features a built in I-cord top edge with a garden “rain chain” motif, garter stitch body, and a floral design for the bottom edge. Optional beads create raindrops on the rain chain.

I love end to end shawl construction. It’s easily adjustable to the yardage you have; you increase to the halfway point of your yarn, and then decrease back down to the end. A yarn scale comes in handy! Or you can just knit it to the specified width. The pattern is written for 100g/440 yards of Knit Picks Gloss Fingering, but I could see adding a third 50g ball to make it 150g/660 yards. I’m the boss of my knitting!

To celebrate the re-launch of this shawl, I’m offering it at 10% off the Ravelry price through February 28, 2019, no coupon code needed. Newsletter subscribers will have a 20% coupon code; subscribe here. Newsletter coming soon.

I’m back from Madrona, and still catching up! Madrona post is coming next. It was so. Much. Fun.

9 responses to “(Re) introducing Rain Chain Shawlette

  1. This shawl matches its inspiration perfectly.
    You are going to tell about your sweet serenade to Madrona at the Teacher Talent Show, aren’t you? Those boots rocked as much as the song!!

    • What happens at Madrona stays at Madrona! But I did enjoy that song, and meant every word.

      You have to look closely to see the boots. I did take a picture à la PDXcarpet, but it didn’t seem to fit the flow of the post.

      And I love my Rain Chain! I think I want to make one with 150g of yarn. Someday. Right now the design queue is pretty full!

      It was great to see you and Camila at Madrona. See you around town! I’m teaching brioche in a couple places soon (Twisted on March 23 (not 21; my newsletter has a typo), and at Northwest Wools on April 5. Hope to see you at one of those!


  2. I have a couple of different lightly speckled yarns (single skeins each) in my collection that have been calling my name. I was not sure if I would add a solid in the speckle color to bring it out more, but have not found the right combo. This might fill the bill – one skein of the speckled then use beads in as contrast in the color of the speckles. I like this idea. Waiting for my newsletter then 😉

  3. What happens at the talent show stays at the talent show!

  4. That is a lovely design!

    • Thank you! I had forgotten how much I like it; I think I want to make one just a bit bigger, now that I’m not constrained by a 100g yarn limit!


      • It’s interesting to work in constraints, but then fun to see what you can do outside them! And it really is lovely – looking forward to seeing what a bigger one looks like 🙂