Some of the denizens of the craft thread have thrown together a knit-along! We're starting to overrun the crafting thread, so to leave room for all our metal, wood, and bead workers, sculptors, crocheters, and knitters-of-things-not-this-right-now I am making this thread to talk about it and post questions and pictures. Feel free to join us, and if you want to start your own and knit along with us, let me know and I'll add you to the list.
This is a difficult pattern and the knitters range in skill from "I can make two stitches using these funny sticks" to "oh I wouldn't mind making another one of these, I gave the last one away." The idea is for the former to challenge themselves and ask questions and the latter will hopefully help them (us, cough) through.
Please post pictures of your progress when possible!
The basic materials
- US 6 (4.0mm) 32" circular knitting needles
- A whole lot of lace or fingering weight yarn
The Rock Island
lace shawl. The pattern is $7 from their shop, and buys you 5 downloads. The difficulty is listed at 4 out of 5 stars, which means very nearly all of the difficulties.
Dislclaimer: Yes you have to buy the pattern if you want to participate. Pattern-stealing is really annoying.
How to YO
How to k2tog
How to SSK
Using a Lifeline
For the true beginner
Although I would certainly encourage even the least experienced to do the shawl with us, if you've never successfully knit a row in your life you might want to start here. If you get to the point where you feel comfortable with this piece you might be able to join us for Rock Island.
This pattern is a very simple lace scarf
, and is free for personal use (you aren't meant to sell the product). It's easy; you cast on a multiple of 4 stitches, and the pattern is one row repeated over and over.
You will need: pretty much any yarn, and needles bigger than your yarn calls for. You can find the size needle it's meant for on the side of the label on the box with the little knitting needles. So if your yarn says “US 6” on it, you might want to use US 10, and so forth. The nice thing about this one is that I think it would look nice using pretty much any less-chunky yarn.
In addition to the videos for k2tog and YO above, you might find yourself needing videos for casting on
, K (knit stitch)
, and casting off
The knitters: Cello, ceres, lonelyahava