Back in May, I mentioned I was starting a new shawl project. I’m steadily working toward completion and excited to say that it’s almost done! 😀
Here is a quick snapshot of the work-in-progress:
The pattern is very easy to follow and memorize. Once I got through a couple pattern repeats, I didn’t need to look at the directions again.
I’ve spent many a beautiful morning out on the porch, just me, my needles and the ball of yarn. No paperwork, no notebooks.
I did bring a row counter, to keep track of my place in case I was interrupted or distracted by a bird, a cat, a bee–you never know who might visit when you’re outside, but otherwise, I traveled light and I loved it! 😀
The hardest part (if there is a hard part–it’s a pretty easy pattern to follow, as I said), was remembering to do the yarn overs, specially at the end of row 1 of the pattern repeat because the yarn over falls at the very end of the row repeat and it’s easy to overlook.
And yes, I did miss a few from time to time, but fortunately, you can easily remedy a missing yarn over on the return row. This video from Berroco Yarn shows you how:
A couple other tips I have for doing this pattern:
– Use stitch markers for the row repeats. The pattern consistently works with repeats of 10 stitches across each row, so with the markers you can quickly see if you’re missing one of those yarn overs or forgot to do the k2tog or whatever.
– Use stitch markers to mark off the edges. I did this so I would remember to do the edge stitches and not accidentally jump into the row repeat.
Here is another picture of the shawl in progress where you can see the texture of the pattern a little more closely. It’s so pretty.
Since May I’ve been trying to do a least one repeat of the pattern (which is 10 rows) every day. The pattern calls for 35 repeats, so I will complete it in a month. I only have a couple more repeats to go, then it’s on to the trim.
Thanks for reading. I’ll keep you posted. 😀