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Introducing Taryn

Allow me to introduce my latest knitting pattern: The Taryn Shawl.

Taryn is a textured, worsted weight, asymmetrical triangle shawl. It’s knit in four colors, each with its own stitch pattern.

When I was looking to name this pattern, the first prototype, with its large swaths of green in several different shades, reminded me of rolling Irish hills. So, I googled “hills of Ireland,” and found the name “Taryn.” I’ve never actually been to Ireland, or seen such hills in person, but if all goes according to plan, I’ll be headed there next summer, and I’ll probably bring my Taryn shawl with me!

I’ve provided written instructions, as well as charts for two of the stitch patterns. The stitch patterns themselves are not that complicated. They are, after all, just an arrangement of knits and purls. But it can be slightly confusing in terms of maintaining the stitch patterns while still increasing the size of the shawl as you go. This is why I included the stitch charts. Even though the written directions tell you exactly how to proceed, it might be easier for some of you to see an illustration of how the increases impact the pattern.

Assuming you begin with the correct stitch count and you follow the directions exactly, this is not a hard project. I’d call it “motivated beginner” level. “Intermediate,” maybe.

I knit the first prototype of this design (the green one), almost a year ago. Then, life got busy, and I never got around to publishing the pattern. A few months ago, I revisited my notes. I knit up another one, this time writing up a formal pattern as I went. I had a few test knitters give it a try, and now here we are!

As you can see, it is just as nice in more neutral colors as it is in the original green. In fact, I may like these colors better. I chose to knit this one mostly neutral so that I could leave it at my desk at work, knowing it would coordinate well enough with any outfit I may wear.

Would you like to knit a Taryn Shawl, too? Learn more on the Taryn Shawl product page or see Taryn on Ravelry.


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6 thoughts on “Introducing Taryn

  1. Beautiful!! I think I like the blue one best but I always love the blue!

    1. Thanks, Chloe! You know how I feel about green, so it’s hard for me to choose a favorite, but I definitely think that the second one is more versatile. I would have worn it to work today, in fact, if I hadn’t just finished knitting a sweater last night. Naturally, I need to wear the new sweater immediately 😀

  2. Hi Lisa,
    I wish to buy the Taryn pattern, but I don’t want to join paypal. I filled out the credit card information, but it is still asking me to join paypal. help

    1. That’s odd… it shouldn’t force you to join! I can’t, unfortunately, look into it until tonight. If you don’t want to wait, though, you could try ordering through Ravelry – you might have better luck that way!

      I’ll check into this tonight and see if I can figure out what’s going on. I also plan to add the pattern to Etsy, Craftsy, Loveknitting, etc., so if one of those options works better for you, then please feel free to go with that. Thanks for your interest and for letting me know about PayPal!

  3. Thanks to kind friends, I bought it from ravelry. Picked out my wool. Looking forward to knitting.

    1. Oh good, I’m glad it worked out!

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