March 26, 2019 2 min read

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This super fun shawl is a large canvas for color play! The pattern, by Andrea Mowry, includes a recipe to make it all your own, or row by row directions for those who want to play it safe!

Using yarn we carry in our store and background yarn from my stash, I was able to make this beautiful shawl for around $30. 

The night shift shawl by Andrea Mowry

Nightshift by Andrea Mowry

 How I made my shawl

  1. Using 47-inch size US #7 circular Chiaogoo needles, I cast on as instructed (see the video below).
  2. Remember that this is a slipped-stitch (or mosaic pattern), which means when in doubt, go with a larger sized needle or the fabric you create may be stiff; no amount of blocking will make it soft and squishy!
  3. I looked at other ideas for yarn substitutions, as Spincycle Dream State that Andrea suggests in the pattern costs about $180 (six skeins at $30 per skein). While it's wonderful yarn in gorgeous colorways, I wanted to give you a less expensive option.
  4. I chose a yarn with long color changes to mimic the Spincyle yarn, Zauberball Starke 6. This is a DK-weight yarn, and I paired it with Ultra Alpaca Light. Spincyle Dreamstate is a worsted-weight yarn, so my shawl is smaller than the original pattern. Keep this in mind when you're substituting yarns.
  5. Hikoo Concentric is a 100% alpaca worsted-weight yarn that is an excellent choice for Nightshift because it has long color runs, too.

A few customers mentioned that they had difficulty with the cast on for this shawl, so I created a video to help you get started. 

 

I featured Nightshift in last week's Technique Tuesday Facebook Live. Here's the full replay in case you missed it! We also discussed different circular needles while I was showing the cast-on. 

 

Kelley Hobart
Kelley Hobart



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