Memories Down Candy Lane began when I fell in love with this bright pink skein of sock yarn that instantly reminded me of Pop Rocks candy
I grew up in the small town of Boulder City, Nevada. During summer break, my mom would give my sister and me a dollar each, and we used to walk over a mile to buy candy at the 7-11 Store. I remember buying Pop Rocks, tearing open the package and dumping it all in my mouth. I would feel the bubble and pop of the candy and think that was so cool!
It started me reminiscing about my parents taking my siblings and me to “Old Las Vegas” which was a fun place just right on the outskirts of Boulder City. It was designed to look like a little western town.
They had a candy store that sold Striped Candy Sticks in every flavor thinkable for ten cents. We would be allowed to choose a few of our favorite flavors, and still to this day, when I see those Striped Candy Sticks, I think of the fun we had at “Old Las Vegas” that has since been torn down. Memories Down Candy Lane is a tribute my childhood adventures.
How It’s Made
Memories Down Candy Lane is a biased, asymmetrical triangle. On the right side rows, two stitches are increased at the beginning of each row, and one stitch is decreased at the end of the row to create the biased shape. The shawl begins with garter striped rows, reminding me of the Candy Stripe Sticks. Three sections, which introduce the third color, of bobbles and slipped stitches followed by lace sections and more garter stripes set you out on an adventure of Pop Rocks and Hard Candy that I remember so well as a child. The shawl is finished with a final row of bobbles and garter stripes for a fun finale!
3 different colors
Each skein was 463 yards, but it doesn’t use the whole skein
Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper (75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon; 463 yds [423 m]/100 g): Darkest Hour (CC1), 1 skein, Smoke on the Water (CC2), 1 skein, My Lipgloss Be Poppin’ (CC3), 1 skein.
Size US 5 (3.75mm) needles, 40″ (102 cm) circulars
Or size needed to obtain gauge
Needle size one to two sizes larger than size needed to obtain gauge
20 sts and 44 rows = 4″ [10cm] in Garter st
22 sts and 32 rows = 4″ [10cm] in lace patt after blocking
94.5” [240 cm] along top edge and 22.75” [58 cm] down
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About the Designer: Lori Wagner
Lori Wagner resides in Temecula, California, where she and her husband own and operate a chiropractic practice. She learned to knit in 2008 while on a girls’ getaway and started designing and self-publishing her designs on Ravelry in 2012.
When not knitting, she enjoys reading, hiking and hanging out with her two cats, Purl and Penny, and her canary, Sunny.
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