My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Sunday Shawl Report

Here we go. I did manage to make some progress on my shawl:

It’s at the point where it’s too big on the needle to spread out for a realy satisfactory picture. But I’ve still got a long way to go on it. No worries, because it is a fun knit and I’m enjoying the process.

Julie the Purple Chick had a good question in the comments:

I’m hoping you will recommend to me a shawl pattern. I am ordering the Riverside Cafe Lace Sampler pack from KnitPicks (6 different hanks of 440 yards each for a total of 2200 yards) and am a bit stumped about how to handle the use of six different colors. It seems some patterns would lend themselves better to bands of color than others. I’ve considered another option ~ holding two colors together throughout and switching the two-color combinations often to lessen the “jolt” of a clean-cut color change. And, just to make this a real challenge for you in terms of a recommendation ~ I want a fairly simple pattern. “Lace Aerobics” isn’t my sport.

My general rule of thumb: the more variegated the yarn, the simpler the pattern. I follow this rule in sock knitting, and it makes sense in lace knitting as well.

I’d go with a pattern like the Fiber Trends Leaf Lace Shawl. Or Susan Lawrence’s Forest Canopy Shawl. Or Evelyn Clark’s Shetland Triangle (which I just finished). Or Kiri, which has the advantage of being a free pattern.

A suggestion: if you are on Ravelry, look at all the projects made with Kauni Effektgarn 8/2 — that’s the self-striping yarn I made my Lismore from a few months ago. A bunch of people have used that yarn to make shawls. Browse through the project photos here (Ravelry link) for inspiration! It’ll give you a very good idea of what lace patterns look good in bands of color.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some shawl knitting to attend to. And Lucy is busy arranging her little catnip quilt.


  1. With 6 diff colors I’d go for the Charlotte’s Web. It’s not free, but it’s MADE for color! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Good advice on pairing colored yarn with a shawl patter. I love the idea of a catnip quilt for the kitty! I think I may see some more sewing in my future.

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  3. That was a good reminder about the Kauni–I just found mine when I opened yet another box, and I’ve totally forgotten what I had planned to make with it! Since it’s pretty much lace weight, I think I’ll probably look at one of the shawl patterns–maybe the Reef Shawl or the one with the little sheep on it!

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  4. With many colors in a stripe pattern I would use Swallowtail shawl. I have plans to spin some long striping yarn for this later this year.

    Love that catnip quilt, Lucy has. I should make a bunch for my crew.

    Looking forward to watching the progress of your shawl.

  5. Looks like Lucy has plans for the Sunday with that quilt.

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  6. Great idea to look for Kauni use! In my opinion, also, there is a difference in what patterns will look good in low-contrast vs high-contrast color changes. If the high-contrast color changes are short, the lace pattern is more likely to get lost, so it needs to be really really simple. If high-contrast changes are long, as in Kauni, then stripes help calm the fabric and lace can be shown to more advantage.

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  7. Shawl looks great. I’m loving the design. Since blue is one of my favorite colors, I love the colorway too. Have a nice knitting afternoon.

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  8. Your shawl is just gorgeous! I love the color.

    I just finished Evelyn Clark’s leaf lace triangular shawl from her book and it’s beautiful and very easy. It looks all bumpy on the needles, just like yours does but blocks out well. I found my swallowtail pattern, but have never done nupps…any suggestions?

  9. Thanks so much for the ideas and inspiration! I may need to order all the lace sampler packs from Knit Picks. Hooray!

    Julie The Purple Chick

  10. I am a Pythagorean knitter – tending to make geometric shapes (shawls, circles, blankets etc) rather than garments – and found this wonderful and easy shawl pattern from Elan – that can be adapted for any colorway – including varegaited as well as solids bands – I did one in a solid royal blue and it looked like a waterfall!

    Enjoy the day,

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  11. You should mention the Charlotte’s Web shawl.

    Definitely go through the gallery of them! I saw one done in STR and it was gorgeous! Definitely useable with loads of colors.

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  12. Good call on checking out the Kauni page on Ravelry. I have one of those Knit Picks lace samplers too, and have also been stumped on how to use it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I was thinking EZ’s Pi shawl in a simple concentric circles lace for the sampler. On Ravelry here

  14. Theresa in Italy says:

    A catnip quilt! Is that decadent or what!

    Your shawl looks lovely even if it is crowded on the needles. That’s a glorious shade of blue.

  15. What great advice. You are always so helpful! I’m thinking of trying the Shetland triangle myself.

    Lucy is loving her little quilt! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. The shawl looks great–love the little catnip quilt. I discovered something interesting this weekend–I threw a couple chunks of carrot across the room for the dog, and she didn’t notice them at first, but my cat Chloe was rubbing up against them and rolling on them as if they were catnip. So maybe instead of buying her catnip I’ll just give her a carrot!

  17. If Charlotte’s Web isn’t Julie’s cup of tea, you could choose one of the simpler patterns you mentioned, like Leaf Lace, and use the same technique for changing colors, which was to alternate a few rows of each color at the end of each color section. It sort of blends out the switch point.

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