“Sock yarn” is really pretty, but I’ve never knit a pair of socks. Many knitters use it to create beautiful shawls, so I am trying my hand at shawl knitting.
Since I live in Florida, when will I ever wear a shawl? Possibly walking the beach in winter … or else I’ll take it with me to New Hampshire on a visit. It’s quite possible that I will knit a wardrobe that can only be used one week a year!
Oh well, I love knitting.
This shawl is called the No Fuss Shade-Loving Shawl and the Free Pattern (not mine) is available for download at Ravelry.
The stitches are easy enough, with a written pattern that is easy to follow. The stitches you need to know are knit, purl, yarn-over and knit-2-together. Not too tough. As a beginner knitter (or someone with poor eyesight), you may want to choose a light color yarn which makes the stitches easier to see.
I began it using sock yarn by Madeline Tosh in color “Arch” which is dark gray-black with some blue. You can see it in the photo above at the top of the shawl. It was too dark for my liking. I had a similar weight yarn, by Malabrigo, in color “cielo y tierra” which is more brown, but still had the blue. The last color I used for the edging, which is done in seed stitch, was Malabrigo mechita in “Marte”, which I loved.
I knit a few rows alternating the yarns to make the change over, and then I knitted to about the edging rows and changed yarn once again. I like the feel of the Malabrigo yarn better, so I am now using the color “Marte” which has some bright rust-orange.
I have joined Ravelry, which is a place for who love the yarn arts. So far, I find the site a bit difficult to understand, but I’ve been able to find lots of free pattern downloads to experiment with.
I’m not an experienced knitter, so buying a pattern is a bit scary. Also, I can’t easily understand a chart. I like directions written out. Once I feel more comfortable using all those increase and decrease stitches, I will look for something more advanced. I have no problem paying for a pattern. People work hard to create them. I just don’t want to waste money on something that ends up frustrating me. I need more practice.
I’ll post a photo once it’s finished……… And now it’s done! …….. I consider myself a beginner knitter, maybe even an intermediate. I can’t read a graph pattern, only written ones. This shawl was easy and fun to knit, and the only problems I had was with my own mistakes. I would recommend this pattern to anyone wanting to try a shawl. It even begins easily and not with that strange way some shawls begin.