Kelly and I are still working on our Starting Point shawls. I'm really enjoying the process of this shawl, and seeing how all the yarns work together.
This shawl is knit with five fingering-weight yarns, and the one that I like best in my shawl is Malabrigo Mechita. I look forward to doing sections with this yarn—it's so soft. It slides through my hands and feels good. It's the grayish color in the photo below. I will definitely knit an entire project with this yarn!
The shaping of this shawl is fun. The pattern uses paired increases and decreases: knit two together k2tog), make 1 left (m1l), make 1 right (m1r), and slip slip knit (SSK).
I made a swatch mimicking the shawl shaping on a smaller scale. It's labeled with the two increases and decreases.
If you can work these four shaping stitches, you can knit just about anything. They're so widely used, you'll come across at least one of these with each pattern you knit.
Here's a video demonstrating all four stitches.
Kelley is still ahead of me, because she's knitting her two sides section by section. I'm just going straight through one side. The Starting Point shawl is made up of two identical sides that meet at at the points when they're done, and then two triangles are picked up and knit on each side of the points. When the shawl is finished, it's one long rectangle.
Isn't it amazing how alternate yarn choices make this shawl look totally different? My knitting friends think mine looks like a licorice all-sorts candy, or Neapolitan ice cream. What's wrong with that?
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.
Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store.
Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.