Vila Wrap by Helen Stewart
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Vila Wrap

June 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1065 yards (974 m)
one size

You’ll find the Vila in the hills and mountain tops of Slavic folklore, dwelling in the high-up places where the air is thin and sweet and the clouds are born. Some legends call them a kind of fairy, others claim them as nymphs, while a few say that they are the spirits of women who were too silly and not serious enough in their lifetimes. Whatever their origins, the Vila have a true lust for life. They are both frivolous and fierce, appearing as beautiful women in white dresses, billowing cloaks, or magical blue robes. They lure young men into rowdy dances and demand their absolute loyalty in return. They sing with enough force to call up high winds, and fight with a wildness that shakes the earth. They are gorgeous, powerful, and at least a little bit dangerous.

The Vila Wrap was designed to honour these magical creatures in all their ferocious femininity. A generous, elongated wrap with an asymmetrical design and stunning lace panels, this shawl invites you to make a statement. Created in three colours, it is an addictive knit that’s hard to put down. Stripes and engaging stitch patterns keep things interesting without being too difficult. Smart, contemporary and easy to wear, the wrap shape will complement a wide variety of wardrobes.

The Vila offer inspiration to anyone who has ever been afraid of being “too much.” They have shaken off the scrutiny of a judgemental world and live to please themselves. For all of us who have been told that we should tamp down our own spirit and creativity to fit some premade vision of reality, the Vila show us an alternative. Learning to honour our own desires is a lifelong process, but creation is a powerful antidote to the negative messages we get about who we should be. The individuality and agency of making something yourself is not a trivial or frivolous thing. There is an assertion in every stitch: this is who I am, and it deserves expression.

Ethereal. Enchanting. Unexpected.
Being a part of the Shawl Society is all about opening yourself to the joy of surprise, the warmth of community, and the pleasures of creativity.

The Shawl Society Season II is the second incarnation of the magical pattern subscription club that caught so many knitters’ imaginations last year.

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The patterns will remain exclusive to Society members until the season ends.

The patterns are all knitted shawls.

Most will be confident beginner level but one or two will require more intermediate skills.

The format of the patterns will be written in full the Curious Handmade Percentage Checklist Pattern™ format and will include charts for lace to supplement the written directions.