While springtime doesn’t usually bring up images of knitting, I have a hard time putting down my needles regardless of the season. Even though the weather is gorgeous and we have less of an excuse to spend time indoors, there’s still a way to work yarn into your schedule. The soothing benefits of knitting can be enjoyed year-round. This time of year I look for projects that are easy to put down and come back to, and small enough to tote around. One of my favorites is the Blackcurrant Shawl by Veera Välimäki, created from garter stitch and unique angles that make it rest nicely on the shoulders. Veera’s designs are always a combination of simple and brilliant.
We were inspired to start a knitalong for this shawl—it’s the perfect balance of relaxing and interesting. The shawl is produced with two strands of yarn, one fingering weight and one lace or fingering weight, providing an opportunity to experiment with some of the new hand-dyed yarns at the shop. The two strands are knitted loosely on larger needles, which results in a bouncy, breathable fabric. The yarns look best together when they’re similar in color, so that the contrast in fibres is really shown off.
Come to the shop tonight for our Stitch in Space to start the Springtime Knitalong! We’ll be picking out yarn and casting on tonight!
- The soft sheen of Skein Merino/Silk Sport would pair nicely with the slight halo of Manos Lace.
- Skein Top Draw Sock and Miss Babs Northumbria Fingering create a beautiful contrast in texture (as seen in thischickadee’s shawl above)
- The single twist of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering and the plumper Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock allow you to pair the same colorways
- Choose your favorite variegated Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply colorway and pair it with Spud & Chloë Fine solids
We hope to see you tonight at Stitch in Space! The shop is open ’til 9 p.m. Stay tuned for blog updates on the Springtime Knitalong!