Recently Off The Needles: Secret Santa Gift

Two weeks ago, my knitting group were having a Christmas get together. As part of that, we were doing a Secret Santa. I’d been trying to get it finished and kept knitting and knitting and knitting and hoped I’d get there!

I made it in the end – as you can see!

  • Pattern: Yarnspiration Step It Up Knit Shawl (Source)
  • Needles: 3.5mm Addi Lace Circular Needle
  • Yarn: Katia Maldivas (in Mint)

So after 3 or 4 false starts, and trying to use the yarn for a different project. I settled on the Step It Up Knit Shawl from Yarnspirations. I did find it on Ravelry but it is accessible directly through the Yarnspiration website. It is designed for the Caron Cakes which is Aran/10 Ply weight but it worked with this lighter yarn – just took many more rows to get there!

For this one, I used the Katia Maldivas (in the colourway Mint). This is a 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic mix. So super soft but also cosy too.

I changed needles partway through the project as I have been really struggling with my KnitPro Interchangeables. No matter how tight they are, I find they are working themselves undone really quickly – often leaving me picking up stitches or rescuing them from between the needle and the cable. With help from the lady at Tante Grøn I was able to get the right size in fixed Addi needles. (And ended up going back for a second pair for a different project).

It’s a straightforward pattern and would have grown quicker with the Aran weight yarn but works with the lighter weight (4 ply/Fingering). If you’re a beginner and want something a bit more advanced than a straightforward back and forth scarf but not something too complicated then this is a good one to try. It’s knit stitch all the way through but also includes yarn over and cast off stitches throughout.

You can see other projects I’ve done here.

Do you have any projects currently on your needles or hook?

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