Sunday, May 1, 2011

I'm Knitting a Shawlette ~ With Links to the Free Pattern

A couple days ago I was perusing the blogs I follow and stumbled upon a pretty knitting pattern. Two weeks ago, I wouldn't have paid much attention, but now that I have committed myself to learning to knit, I paused to take a closer look at the Storm Cloud Shawlette by Hanna Breetz. I'm finding that I'm much more likely to practice my knitting if I have a fun project. This shawlette seemed like a good way to get used to Continental knitting.

I'm getting more and more comfortable with picking instead of throwing. I love how efficient it is and even as a beginner, I'm working at a nice pace. I don't know if I have completely solved my tension issues. I'm starting to accept that a little less tension control may just be something with which I have to live. I've tried wrapping the yarn every possible way and have settled on the following: The yarn goes behind my index and middle fingers (I have found that as long as it's behind at least two fingers, I can still purl without dropping it), then it goes down between my middle and ring fingers, then back up between my ring and pinky fingers and finally, I loop it around my pinky once. By weaving it this way, I have gained a decent amount of control.

I'm pretty excited about this project. I think it's very pretty. It's also light enough to wear as an accessory here in the southwest. Well, maybe not in the summer, but definitely the winter season. The Storm Cloud Shawlette Pattern is also available as a free download on Ravelry.


Kelly said...

You are amazing! I am still afraid to try a pattern. My knit, purl scarf is coming along

Jenn said...

I think you're the smart one Kelly. I wish I could make myself learn more gradually. It would be much less frustrating and I probably would spend less time frogging my work and more time getting somewhere!

I've had to restart this pattern several times, but now I've figured out how to go back a couple rows if I make a mistake and then get back into it. Knitting seems to be all about learning how to recover from a mishap.

Spinster Beth said...

The yarn is lovely. Good luck!