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Chara Designs

Spring Shawl — Confident Beginner

Lace is knitting technique that looks quite complicated, but is relatively simple! The trick? Using “yarn overs” to create intentional holes.

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Spring Shawl — Confident Beginner
Spring Shawl — Confident Beginner

Time & Location

Apr 02, 2023, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Chara Designs , 2756 S Cloverdale Rd, Boise, ID 83709, USA

About the event

Lace is knitting technique that looks quite complicated, but is relatively simple. The trick? Using “yarn overs” to create intentional holes. 

About the Pattern: 

I designed the Spring Shawl to have a mix lace sections with the ease of stockinette and garter stitch. The mix of textures give your knitting practice a balance of concentrated work and mindless knitting. 

The Spring Shawl is an asymetrical triangle shawl that will will wrap around your shoulders with a pin or around your neck like a scarf. By the end of class, your shawl will not be completed, but you will have practiced all the stitches used. If you need additional help after class, consider coming to Fix that Knit! where I assist knitters with their projects.

What I’ll teach and provide:

  • Introduce two types of lace patterns using increases, decreases, yarn-overs, and slipped stitches
  • Pattern reading
  • Multi-color knitting
  • Blocking tips
  • Personalized instruction in a group setting
  • 10/10 energy to amp-up your lace knitting potential
  • Endless encouragement to help you thrive!
  • Access to video instruction, post-class

What you’ll bring:

  • At least 300 yards of yarn and needles. See detailed instructions below on materials
  • Water bottle to hydrate
  • Your favorite pen or pencil to take notes
  • Your beautiful smiles and positive energy!

Materials:

The Spring Shawl is fully customizable through size, color, and weight. This project is a great opportunity to use that skein of yarn in your stash you adore. Maybe it’s self-striping, sparkly, variegated, or speckled. It could be fingering weight or bulky weight. You just have to love it!

1. Choose your yarn: Please make sure to come to class with your yarn wound into a ball! 

Use the back of a chair (or a partner's arms) to unwind the skein into a ball. 

How much yarn?

This shawl can be as large or as small as you want. At the minimum, use about 300 yards (about 1 skein of fingering weight yarn).

What type of yarn?

Generally, fingering weight is most commonly used for shawls because it’s light weight. However, the shawl can be heavier with worsted or bulky yarn. The weight or material of the yarn doesn’t matter.

Can I use multiple balls of yarn?

Yes let’s do it! Integrating new colors is very simple. Just make sure the yarns are all the same weight (fingering, sport, worsted, etc.).

Yarn recommendations:

If you don’t have a skein or two in your stash that you want to use, here are some recommendation of fingering and sport weight (a little thicker) yarn. You can also check out the yarn at 3 Loves in Nampa, or buy yarn at the Alexandra Pop-Up show at the Twisted Ewe on April 1st.

  1. Noro Yukata is the yarn I used (the pictures on this site aren’t great. But trust me, this yarn is beautiful). “Kawasaki” is the color my shawl is in, and it’s available on this site.
  2. Madeline Farm Twist Yarn
  3. Malabrigo Arroyo

2. Choose your needle size:

Once you have determined the yarn you want, then pick the needle. I recommend a circular needle, at least 24” in length (measured from tip to tip). Wood needles will offer more grip and stability, which is important for lace knitting. However, metal will also do if that’s what you have.

Here is a needle guide for shawl knitting. Since shawls are drapey, they call for a slightly larger needle size than typical for the yarn weight.

Fingering/Sport weight – Size 4-6

DK/Worsted Weight – 8-10

Bulky – Size 10-13

Required Skills for Confident Beginners:

You should feel comfortable knitting and purling. If you don’t feel comfortable yet, but really want to take this class, then practice beforehand! Cast-on 30 stitches and make yourself a little wash-cloth.

Location - Chara Designs:

Chara Designs is the fashion design studio and store-front of designer and knitter, Sherry Bittner. Located on 2756 South Cloverdale Rd, Sherry opens up her shop to clients and fiber art students in a creative and welcoming space in central Boise.

Before class, you’ll receive directions on where to find Chara Designs and parking.

Tickets

  • Spring Shawl

    $55.00
    +$1.38 service fee
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