The other day when I was in one of my LYS shops, I got chatting with the shop keepers about all-season knitters of which I'm proudly one. I know that you are, too, and our biggest challenge is finding the right patterns to knit when the weather warms up and the idea of knitting bulky cowls or sweaters just isn't appealing. With the weather (finally) turning warmer here on the east coast, I'm finding myself thinking a lot about shawls. I finished some wonderful shawl patterns in recent weeks including my Citron and my Wholehearted Shawl, and I'm still enjoying knitting my Oaklet Shawlette.
I had such a nice time hosting the Wholehearted Shawl KAL that I'd love to do another shawl KAL with those of you who are looking for a small(ish) project that will use up some stash and be perfect for those cool summer nights when you need a little warmth around your neck. I'm more than happy to purchase patterns to support idie designers but for this KAL, I'm choosing a free pattern and hope that will encourage you to join me.
I'm going to cast on the Amari by Marie Grace Smith, a design I've admired for a while now. I want to expand my skills and knit up some lace and am thinking of using my Manos de Uruguay Silk Blend in the wine colorway. The pattern calls for 654 yards of worsted weight, and I have 600 but since this is DK weight, I'll have to adjust both my needle size and the overall dimensions of the shawl. Maybe I'll find some extra DK yarn in my stash for the lace edging -- we'll see.
If you're looking to knit a shawl this season, I hope you'll consider joining me in this KAL -- leave a comment so we can keep track of each other's progress. I know that Lisa is interested (I hope you like this choice, Lisa).