Every automn, our group of knitting friends decides on a knitting pattern for our KAL and if you take a look in the categories or keywords, you should be able to find at least some of the knits from privous years. We agree on a pattern then knit it, each with the yarn and colour we chose. At first, we set deadlines, but let’s be honest it doesn’t work, so we just try to finish the project before the next autumn 😀
For the 2017-2018 KAL, like last year, we chose a shawl pattern by Melanie Berg. After the Solaris and its beautiful colours, here is the Caress My Soul and its beautiful lace. I decided to knit it with the Drops Baby Merino in light grey (as usual!).
The first part of the pattern is easy, it’s only garter stitch with simple and double increases, it widens really fast and it’s mindless knitting. Perfect for watching TV or chatting with friends. And then, it gets hard: the lace part is difficult because you have no rest, every row there’s something to do. Usually, special stitches happen on the RS rows and you can rest on the WS rows. But not here! I remember reading something about the difference between lace knitting and knitted lace. I don’t remember exactly which is which. I found this lace pattern hard to memorize and there is a special stitch where you have to pick up the strand of yarn from the back, two rows below. It does interrupt the flow…
This is why after 40 rows, I had enough and stopped before the end of the pattern, I was to supposed to knit another repetition. I didn’t want to and I thought it was big enough! And I was right, my shawl is just the perfect size. I even pulled out my blocking wires which hadn’t been used since 2012 (hum).
All in all, I’m happy with the result, it’s a shawl I have worn regularly this winter but I’m absolutely not ready to knit it again! I will leave you with this photo shoot, very unusual first because Simon took the pictures (a first) and because it took place in Normandy where the sun always shines!