Promise Kept

Holding true to my promise, I made time for the Summer Solstice shawl yesterday. This section is only a 6 row repeat, but when each row is 277 stitches long those  6 rows can take a while!

The image doesn’t really do the colour any justice. It’s a lustrous plum colour. Hopefully one of these photos will capture the true colour.

I chose to do 5 stitch nupps, however they aren’t showing up very well. Once the shawl is blocked I think they’ll really pop.

Part 2 will be released next Tuesday.

Summer Solstice

Summer knitting should be light and airy; something to give a little warmth on cooler nights and not be too warm when while you’re knitting it. A shawl is the perfect solution.

Despite having a few other things on the go, I’ve decided to take part in Wendy Knits’ Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl KAL (knit-a-long). The pattern is a ‘mystery’ because it’s released in five increments over the next month. Rather than seeing the final product at the get go, the pattern unfolds as you go along.

The yarn I’ve chosen to use is Cascade Heritage Silk, 85% merino, 15%s silk.

The initial package includes a materials list, techniques and a swatch pattern, which I’ve knit up.

The pattern also calls for nupps or beads, but after the Advent KAL, I’ve had my fill of beads, so nupps it is. The pattern includes detailed instructions for making nupps, but I thought they came out more bobble-like than a nupp. I much prefer Nancy Bush’s technique, best demonstrated in the video below.

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The first pattern increment will be released tomorrow. Stay tuned!