We've got a KAL goin' on in the Knitaway Group on Ravelry for the Birds Nest Shawl from
Yes, I swatch even for shawls and especially when using a yarn that is new to me. It's a superwash too which seems to often give me surprising results. Always block the swatch too. I'm very glad I did on this one as it blocked out half an inch wider than expected That's makes a quarter of a stitch per inch difference in the gauge and added up over the entire length of the shawl that's an increase in length of 4.5 inches. I'm ok with that. This version is a gift for a tall Scandinavian friend who can carry the extra length, but imagine if this was a garment that had to fit. Like a sweater for instance. Just a quarter of a stitch per inch makes a big, maybe deal breaking, difference. You get my point here.....Swatch, please.
You can see it's a gorgeous yarn and the color, Sugar Plum, perfect for my friend who has a penchant for roses.
Luna Grey Fiber Arts, an indie dyer from the western slope of Colorado. She is doing some really beautiful colors. I found the yarn at one of my LYS, Colorful Yarns, but she's on Etsy too for those of you who aren't near me.
So will you join us? Some of the knitters in this KAL have already knit the Bird's Nest Shawl but, like me, found another yarn tempting enough to have another go at it. It's a pleasant knit, I think. I may be prejudiced. And this brings up an interesting question. How often do you knit the same pattern again? Ever? Often? Please leave a comment with your opinions and insights below. Inquiring designers want to know.
Hope to see you at the KAL.