Quaker Yarn Stretcher

Thank you, everyone, for entering the giveaway! The contest is now closed :). The winner has been notified by email.

(Skip to the bottom of this post if you want to enter to win this Quaker Yarn Stretcher!)

Pattern: Quaker Yarn Stretcher Boomerang by Susan Ashcroft.

This pattern was a true delight. I think it’s just perfect for showing off multi-colored handspun yarn without muddying it with too much texture. Being able to use up the yarn down to the last inch without any calculations or a scale is an added benefit.

In browsing Ravelry, I noticed a few other shawl patterns which I think use the same shaping strategy (which is brilliant) – Crossfire, Frieze, I’m sure there are others.

Yarn: Sock Hop Yarn in Crocodile Walk, 2 skeins, a total of about 400 yards. This was put out by Crown Mountain Farms way back when, and used to be all the rage ;). I dug through my spreadsheets, and it looks like I bought this in May 2007! It’s certainly been marinating in my stash for long enough.

Needles and Finished Dimensions: using US 6 needles, the shawl came out to be about 60″ across the top, and 16″ deep.

Thank you, everyone, for entering the giveaway! The contest is now closed :). The winner has been notified by email.

Now, for the fun part: I’m giving away this completed shawl to one lucky reader! It was a pleasure to knit, but the colors are not really “me.” Perhaps they are “you”?!? Simply leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, September 25th, 9 p.m. EST, and I will select a winner at random. Make sure to use a functional email address! Full giveaway rules here.


132 thoughts on “Quaker Yarn Stretcher

  1. Lisa

    Oohhh…I think this is gorgeous! I just LOVE that mossy green and the purple together. Thanks for the giveaway–it’s beautiful. I’m in!

  2. catherine

    Beautiful! Those colors do indeed look delicious and a shawl is much loved and used. Thanks for the generous giveaway to a lucky follower.

  3. Lillie

    Pretty and clever. Purples and greens are me! I’m just back to knitting because baby sis is pregnant with her first.

  4. Sally

    Are you SURE these aren’t your colors? SOOOOO beautiful and most definitely my palette. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

  5. Lauren Hawkins

    Ooh, the colours are beautiful! I do not own a shawl, I started one but gave up. Thank you for the chance to win this beauty.

  6. Jamie

    I love the colors and the diagonal stripes. Thanks for running the giveaway! I may do a version of this with my leftover yarns.

  7. Carol

    fortunate for a lucky someone that those aren’t “you”. I hope that lucky someone is “me”. Love the colors. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  8. Lynne Phelps

    Gorgeous, and I LOVE the colors, it incorporates all of my favorites! So generous! Thanks for bringing the pattern to my attention, and thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Kathy

    I love those colors! I also love the idea of using up every bit of a multicolored skein – I’m famous for buying a one off yarn that is really colorful, then trying to figure out what the heck to do with it.

  10. Marjorie McLaren

    I love the colors of the scarf – they are “me”! I also have been admiring the pattern on Ravelry. You did a beautiful job of knitting it!

  11. Marilyn

    The shawl is amazing! Gorgeous with your well marinated yarn. I’ve inly recently begun using variegated yarns, they used to scare me.

  12. Faith

    Wow – that’s a gorgeous shawl! And the pattern is perfect for that yarn. I can just imagine it thrown over someone’s shoulders this fall, super comfy.

  13. Sherry

    Lovely fall colors . If by some chance I don’t win ???? I have some stash yarn that I could use to make one … Spejo@ aol.com

  14. Page

    Can’t believe you can bear to part with this gorgeous shawl. I don’t spin and have no handspun, so if I won this, I would treasure it.

  15. linda gaylord

    thank you so much for the generous giveaway! i love that pattern and i don’t own it yet! and purple,moss and gold are three of my favorite colors,so together in the same shawl—i’m swooning! sharing your handiwork with us is sooo awesome!!!!!! <3

  16. Cindy Sublett

    I happen to LOVE these colors! Your take on this shawl enticed me to check out the pattern again on Ravelry. Susan Ashcroft is one of my favorite designers.

  17. Tiffanie

    The asymmetrical triangle is a genius shape for knitting shawls and scarves. I can hardly wait to knit one like this. Thank you for the inspiration today and all the way back to your Jaywalkers plus everything you’ve shared in between! You’ve made knitting more fun for me over the years.

  18. Anna

    Wow! this is gorgeous. I like the colors more knitted up than how they looked in the skein. Whoever wins is lucky! and also thanks for sharing this as I have some single skeins that are probably best knit up this way.

  19. Robin f.

    Purple is my color. My wardrobe is hoping for this gorgeous addition to spruce it up. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  20. Gudrun O'Flynn

    Gorgeous shawl! Looking at it brings back beautiful memories of French countryside with lavender. Thanks for posting and giving us the thrill of hoping to win it. 🙂

  21. Julie Lanner

    Beautiful colors. Interesting shape. My birthday is coming up soon!
    Julie in San Diego, where it is very hot and humid

  22. skeindalous

    The colors are perfect for me. Just sayin’!

    Now that I am a grandmother, I love to catch new projects on your site for the younger crowd. Love Silver Fox, have started one for my grand…….

  23. Miriam P.

    It is indeed a beautiful shawl!!

    Thank you so much Grumperina for over the years sharing your knitting experience, knowledge of yarn, and photos of your truly adorable children. And thank you for this giveaway!

  24. melanie

    I love these colors! I think I’m going to get this pattern right now and maybe if I win, I’ll have two!

  25. tigernapping

    Hi, Grumperina!
    I discovered your blog tonight (via Terhi’s blog link). Much as I admire your Quaker shawl, I’m touched by your generosity. Wow, lovely all around!

  26. Savannagal

    I would love to win your shawl. The colors are gorgeous and I really love handspun yarn. I don’t spin myself, but hope to learn soon. Good luck everybody.

  27. Anne

    Mostly wanted to tell you what a lovely result! I’ve been meaning to all weekend, and was not at a computer.

  28. Ginny

    Just beautiful. And thank you for the shawl patterns. I’m looking to start my first shawl and have been buried in wonderful choices. This pattern looks like a perfect beginning.

  29. quiltyknitwit

    Such a lovely shawl (& I love the color combo). Let’s see if I’m lucky!
    Thanks for your great blog all these years.

  30. Carol Rabich

    I stumbled on this site by accident! What a lovely shawl. The color is stunning. Most accidental findings are the most amazing

  31. Marni Newhouse

    The angled slant of the knitting certainly gives the shawl an added punch for impact. Love the autumn colors.

  32. Bonny

    I’m sorry those aren’t your colors, but I do believe that they are mine. To have a chance to win them, already knit up in a lovely shawl by a famous blogger makes them even better!

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