Yes, at long last, Mrs Whatsit is back! As usual, the pattern is available through my Ravelry store for $6.00USD:
What’s that? You don’t remember Mrs Whatsit? Well, it was originally published in January of 2011, by Sanguine Gryphon. The rights reverted to me some time ago, but I wanted to rework the charts and re-knit it and, well, life intervened.* I ended up not doing the re-knit – my amazing test knitter did the knitting, and as always, her work** increases the quality of my patterns.
The instructions are fully written and charted out, and you can cross reference between the two. I’ve also included construction and blocking schematics.
I chose a new yarn weight for this re-release; I decided on the delicious Mondegreen by Verdant Gryphon. It’s currently on a hiatus so they can carry a couple other bases***, but I happily stocked up some time ago. You can use any worsted weight, although it really will shine (hyuck) with a blend featuring some silk.
Yes, I look smug about that terrible pun; forgive me.
Mrs Whatsit is a character in a book from my childhood. She is an angel disguised as a tramp: “It seemed small for Meg’s idea of a tramp… it was completely bundled up in clothes. Several scarves of assorted colors were tied about the head, and… A shocking pink stole was knotted about a rough overcoat, and black rubber boots covered the feet.” She transforms to show “…a pair of wings…made of rainbows, of light upon water, of poetry.” A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L’Engle.
I think here, you can see the idea of wings spreading. The construction is unusual – you begin at the nape and knit out, much like a neck-down shawl. When the shoulder depth is reached, the center portion is bound off, and each ‘wing’ is worked outward separately. Due to the nature of the increases & decreases, the only place markers are used in this pattern are to note the BO’s of the Center Panel.
The piece looks quite large here, but because of the lines of yarnovers, it happily wraps around your neck to act as a scarf as well as a stole.
I hope you’re as glad to see Mrs Whatsit back as I am – again, the pattern is available in my Ravelry store for $6.00USD.
*This also explains the pause since my last pattern publication.
**All mistakes are all mine, as always.
***Yes. I’ve been working at this for a while. Trust me, if you can find Mondegreen you will be so happy… Think it looks familiar? It’s the same yarn that I used for His Golden Lair… http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/his-golden-lair