Pennsylvania Road Trip by Cynthia Spencer and Valerie Reed

Pennsylvania Road Trip

by Cynthia Spencer and Valerie Reed
This pattern is available for $5.99 USD
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We’re taking a wonderful road trip around the state of Pennsylvania this spring and summer, celebrating knitting and local yarn shops and American history and natural wonders and PA landmarks as we go. So what’s the mystery? Where we’ll go next, of course! And our inspiration for each leg…. And how that translates into knitting. We hope you’ll join us on this grand knitting adventure.

All we’ll tell you right now is that this project will be an awesome shawl, a cross between a crescent and a circle shape, with motifs based on things we’ve seen as we’ve traveled throughout the beautiful state of PA. (If you’re from our state, you’ll know that we usually say “P. A.,” not “Pennsylvania.”)

What’s the difference between the plus and misses size? Valerie is a plus size, and has often been frustrated that shawls do not fit her in the same proportions as they fit pattern models. “Regular” shawls have always felt skimpy to her. So we made this shawl in both misses and plus sizes to accommodate everyone. If you have about a 50” bust or more, you’ll probably want to choose the plus size. If your bust is slightly less than that, you might want to choose the misses size if you want a less-full shawl, or the plus size if you like things to be more oversized.

This shawl uses four different colors of fingering weight yarn. A & D are bold/dark colors that look different from each other in color but are the same intensity. C is a medium/light color, and B is a variegated or speckled yarn that coordinates with all the other yarns. We’re assuming each skein has at least 400 yds. If you are choosing to make the plus size version of the shawl, you will need a second skein of Color A.

There are prizes on each Leg of the journey as we go! Please follow us there in the meantime to see some pretty parts of PA (along with some glamour shots of yarn we love!). Please, also, buy this pattern through your local yarn shop; we want to help them all stay in business!

Clues will be released on April 25, May 1, 8, and 22, June 12 and 26, July 10 and 31, and August 14. Each clue will have prizes associated with it. With each clue that’s released, the price will increase a bit to an eventual final cost of $12.99.

Along with both misses and plus sizes, each leg will contain two options for each leg of the shawl (one designed by Cynthia, the other by Valerie), setting every knitter up for a grand choose-your-own knitting adventure. Each option is a creative tribute to a landmark, or historical event, or region that can be encountered on a Road Trip around the great state of Pennsylvania.