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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Under the weather?

Pattern: Sick Day Shawl (pattern purchased on Ravelry) designed by our good friend Kate Atherley
The pictures are courtesy of Gillian Martin.
Under the weather? Need a day on the sofa? Go digging in your stash and entertain yourself with an interesting-but-not-too challenging pattern.

Only basic knitting skills required: as long as you can knit and purl and increase and decrease, you’ll be fine. It’s helpful if the decongestant you’re taking leaves your head clear enough to count stitches and rows, too.

Go digging in your stash for 400-500m heavy worsted, aran or chunky weight yarn, e.g. 2 skeins Cascade 220
Sample used 1.5 skeins Briggs & Little Regal (est 425yds) aran weight, on 5.5mm needles.

The design is entirely forgiving of messed-up stitch counts. Got the wrong number? Fix it on the following row. And it’s flexible, too, for how far you go. Got more time and yarn? Just keep working to make it bigger. Feeling better? Stop sooner.

It’s good for you, too: the knitting is interesting enough that you’ll stay put on the sofa, resting as you’re supposed to.

And next time you’re feeling under the weather, you’ve got something warm and comfy to snuggle under.
Kate calls this the Sick Day Shawl but it could also be the 'I'm in a knitting funk' shawl. Sometimes you have a project or two on the needles but they just aren't what you feel like working on. You want a new project but nothing big. And something that is pretty quick. This shawl fits the bill.

Some other yarn suggestions
Mrs. Crosby Steamer Trunk
tosh vintage
tosh merino
Blue Sky Alpacas Extra
Noro Silk Garden
For a more summery shawl, Classic Elite Santorini would look amazing.
I'm sitting in the store writing, looking around and thinking 'that yarn would work or maybe that one or maybe that one'. I've picked out many options. I can't start the shawl right now because I have knitting to finish for the Frolic but I could be starting one very soon.

I finished another cowl in Santorini last night.
Santorini's colorways sing along the matte and shiny textures inherent in the yarn, adding vibrant color to warm-weather garments, wraps and scarves.
It happens to be a stitch pattern close to Kate's shawl. Now I really want to make the shawl in Santorini. 4-5 balls will make a great size.

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