Beautiful knit shawl kindly provided as a kit by We are knitters.
I recently received a knit kit for a beautiful shawl from We are knitters. If you don’t know what a kit includes, let me explain. By purchasing a kit you will get at your doorstep a paper bag with all the things you need to make an item.
The yarn -of course-, a printed booklet with the pattern, knitting needles or crochet hook -depending on the pattern you chose-, yarn needle and a cute label to attach to your finished project.
The one that I got is the Clivia shawl. By the way, when I was posting my progress on Instagram some people thought that it was my pattern and they were waiting to be released. Haha, thanks guys, like I am capable to produce such a beautiful, knit lace shawl as my pattern.
So, the Clivia shawl is made with their cotton yarn, which is one of the softest cottons you have ever touched. I mean, working with it is a such a pleasure! The yarn glides effortlessly on the needles and as the shawl grows, so does your contentment.
First things, first… This shawls was -and maybe still is- a little out of my comfort zone level-wise. I knew how to yarn over to increase and even if I hadn’t, the pattern explains all the stitches very well.
I always admired that kind of knit shawls but never have attempted to make one. To be totally honest I had to frog that shawl 3-4 times. The first couple of times were in the beginning, about 25 rows in where I made the same mistake, twice.
Of course I had to frog the whole thing because I had no idea, at the time, what that mistake was, where to find it and how to frog just one row in lace without the universe come to an end.
The third time I had to frog (the whole thing) I had already done about 75 rows. I mistakenly thought that I had an issue with my gauge in the very beginning (but I didn’t).
The great thing with all that frogging is that now I know how to frog a row full of yarn overs, without losing a stitch and without having small panic attacks.
This is what’s nice with getting a bit over your head. You learn new things. Of course you don’t have to dive deep if you are a beginner, but there is nothing wrong with trying things that you never tried before or you were afraid to try.
I was terrified of frogging in knitting. I was especially terrified to rip out stitches that had yarn overs and consisted a lace pattern. Now, I am not anymore.
I am not saying that my shawl turned out perfect. I couldn’t avoid tension issues as I am not as an experienced knitter. But that’s ok! I managed to fix all other mistakes I did -one way or the other- and I am very happy with the outcome.
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Now… what is the new thing you are going to try out today? If your “new thing” is buying a kit from We are knitters and delving onto a new experience, you can use the code MGM8M1FYQ and receive 12$ from your first order.