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Appalachian Knits

Whew, what a busy summer it’s been! A good portion of my knitting this summer has been focused around a new project that I’m embarking on with my good friend Christina, and I’m beyond excited to share it with you all here!

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Introducing Appalachian Knits: an on-going collection brought to you by Christina and myself. This collection will celebrate the fiber farms, mills and dyers of the Appalachian region. With a focus on beautiful and practical knits, these patterns will be a collection of designs made with yarns produced in the fiber rich region of Appalachia. This collection is very near & dear to our hearts, and we are so excited to share it with the world!

My first contribution to the collection is Old Rag – an incredibly cozy, textured shawl. Knit using Cestari Traditional 2 ply wool, this shawl is sure to be one you reach for over and over again during the colder months.

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I honestly can’t say enough good things about this yarn and this company. A family run company located in Churchville, Virginia, they raise, mill & sell their yarns online and in stores throughout the country. The yarn I used for  this shawl is a definite contender for my “desert island” yarn. It’s super bouncy and soft, it smells incredible, and the way the wool is processed leaves in a good amount of natural lanolin, which makes your hands so soft while knitting.

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The shawl combines fisherman’s rib and slipped stitch sections to create a plethora of texture on both sides. And as a bonus, the wrong side is also extremely attractive! Named after Old Rag Mountain, a mountain in the Virginian Appalachian Mountains, just a few miles from the Cestari farm, the color sections mimic the layers of mountains seen throughout the Appalachian Mountains.

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You can purchase Old Rag here through Ravelry, and from now until Wednesday, August 17 at midnight EST, use the code “appalachian” to receive 25%. Make sure to check out Christina’s pattern, Hawksbill too! And if you’re interested in following along with us and our designs, you can find us on Instagram at @appalachianknits.

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