Designer Feature

Independent Designer Feature: Avana by Annie Rowden

Yesterday was glorious. As soon as I got home from the office, I ran around the house and opened every window I could. Of course, this also required I wrestle with the storm windows and make sure all the screens were down as not to loose our sweet but not-very-bright cat, Peggy. It was well worth it, though – the air smelled lovely, and the warm breeze inside was amazing.

I always look forward to spring. Like autumn, it provides ample layering opportunities and even more chances to wear a variety of handknits.

Avana, a shrug/wrap by Annie Rowden, is the perfect layering piece for this time of year. Designed with Savannah, one of my favorite Fibre Co yarns for garments with its season-spanning protein/cellulose blend, the garment melds the best of two worlds: the light extra layer of a shawl or wrap paired with the wearability of a cardigan. 

Originally published as an exclusive pattern for Stitches West in conjunction with the designer and YARN in Eureka, CA, Avana is now available for download here

Yarn : 4 skeins Savannah DK by The Fibre Company; Sage.
Needles : US 10.5 [6.5mm] 24” circular; US 8 [5mm] 24” circular, set of DPNs; or sizes needed to obtain gauge.
A spare needle slightly smaller than largest circular for picking up provisionally cast on stitches
Gauge : 16.75 sts and 24 rows = 4”/10cm in St st on larger needles, after blocking.
Notions : Stitch marker, tapestry needle.

All images © Krista Blevin Photography

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