Blackwood by Plays With Fibre

October 12, 2020 2 min read

Eimear from Plays With Fibre has been in touch to let us know that she designed a shawl in my honour. Cue lots of gracious tears! 

Available here: (also will be available on Ravelry)

Words from Eimear:

Blackwood is a simple triangular shawl, with lots and lots of soothing garter stitch. It features integrated i-cord edging, elongated cable stitches, and tassels just for fun. 

Blackwood is the result of trying to design a project that could be photographed in black because I'm fed up of wearing colours!  I'm a big fan of garter stitch, experimenting with cables, and twirling tassels just for fun.

Members of the Countess Ablaze community on Underground can avail of a 50% discount on the pattern, using the coupon code 'COUNTESS'.  The coupon code expires on 31st October 2020. 

A nice wee treat that doesn't involve knocking on neighbour's doors to demand sweets!
The pattern is named after the Countess herself. My usual trick of using a relevant Irish word didn't quite work out this time - the Irish for Countess is 'cuntaois'?!




880m / 962 yards of fingering or 4 ply weight yarn (this includes approx. 30 metres for the tassels). 

If working with a smooth or slippery yarn, you may prefer to insert a lifeline before beginning the Elongated Cable stitches sections. 

Sample uses 2 skeins of Countess Ablaze The English Gentleman Fingering* (50% Bluefaced Leicester, 50% Masham, 450 metres per 100g skein) in ‘The Black Parade’. 

This is a multiple plied, woolly yarn which holds its shape, and grips to itself a little. 

* (at the time of publication, we don't have this yarn base in stock due to supply issues although we do have the DK version. We do have plenty of other fingering weight yarns but shopping from your own personal stash is just as encouraged) - Countess

3.25mm circular or size needed to achieve gauge, 80cm / 32 inches or 100 cm / 40 inches long - long enough for 130 cm / 51 inches bind off edge.

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