I have a mad love for shawls, shawlettes, ascots, wide scarves, any kind of wrap for the neck and shoulders. I am also a genealogy and history buff. Today's designer, Kate Whiting, combines clothing history with rich color combinations and enticing stitch attributes to create patterns any knitter would be proud to wear.
With the hope of Spring whispering in my ear specifically looked for a designer who created beautiful shawls and neckwear for this blog. What is better for spring than a lovely shawl to throw over your shoulder? Kate Whiting seemed to combine everything I love.
Kate Whiting is a busy mom of 6 living in Buckingham, UK. To quote her own words: "My inspiration is very much from nature and folklore for my hats and many of the shawl designs stem from the interest I have in Scottish and Cornish clothing history in the 17th and 18th century, as well as the colours of Scotland’s nature and landscape.
Both Outlander and Poldark play a part in my fascination and inspiration." Kate Whiting
Without doubt this is why I found Kate Whiting Designs called out to me from a sea of design choices.
Shawls reminiscent of history are not only interesting to knit but also create a point of conversation. One of the things I appreciate about knitting and crocheting is that it tends to invite questions from non-knitters/crocheters. This is especially true if one is working on or wearing a piece based on a television program. I honestly do not know how she comes up with such magnificent designs time after time. Speaking of time, these specific designs caught my eye (be sure to check out all of Kate Whiting's designs however)
Cowls are a versatile accessory. I've created many cowls since learning to knit and crochet. Recently I've purchased a few new basic pieces for my wardrobe and intend to make a couple cowls to give them a fresh look. Kate Whiting blends the new with the old in her cowl patterns.
I do like the fact that Kate Whiting's designs include scarves and even a beautiful cape. It is testament to how she's incorporated history and fantasy into knitted beauty.
Kate Whiting's designs are so gorgeous. I could hardly give the designs the justice they are due in one blog post. However, my readers should see them for themselves. Please do drop Kate Whiting a note if you take the time to get lost in her patterns as I did. I know you'll appreciate her talent.
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