Ailey by Barbara Benson

Barbara Benson partnered up with us to create a captivating new shawl that we are ridiculously in love with. Mosaic style colourwork can almost feel like cheating, working stripes and slipped stitches with only one colour at a time. That beautiful simplicity paired with two Party of Five sets results in a show-stopping piece that grabs attention everywhere you go.


32.5″ / 82.5 cm x 62″ / 157.5 cm

1 set each SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five Mini-Skein Yarn Set in Graphite (MC) and Waterfall (CC), (105 yds / 96 m per 1 oz / 28 g skein; 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon)

Size 5 US / 3.75 mm needle
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Tapestry Needle

22 sts and 42 rows = 4” / 10 cm in mosaic stitch, after blocking.
20 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

We love getting to know the designers behind the knit, so we asked Barbara ….

What is your favourite part about your design?

With this piece you only cast on a few stitches and your bind off is barely a bind-off. This sets this shape apart from other asymmetrically shaped shawls in that they normally have an enormous bind-off. It’s nice that the knitting seems to get faster as you near then end.

What is your favourite guilty pleasure?

Binge watching cooking shows and then going out to eat.

What is your favourite colour in the SweetGeorgia colour lineup?

That’s not fair! If I have to pick one I would say Glacier. It is just an amazing blue.

You can find the Ailey shawl knitting pattern on our website HERE and on Ravelry. To learn more about Barbara, be sure to visit her website at www.tumpedduck.com and be sure to listen to interview on the SweetGeorgia Show! When you knit Ailey, show off your colours on social media with the hasthag #sweetgeorgiayarns so we can see!


About Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick is a knitwear designer and writer raising a family just outside the Great Smoky Mountains in Eastern Tennessee. As the Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, her days (and heart) are filled to the brim with knitting, art, writing, editing, planning, and finding ways to put it all together. In the midst of that fibre-filled life, you'll find her living simply in the sweet spot where creativity, discovery, parenthood, and life intertwine.

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