Starflake Shawl by WestKnits

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I’m not the greatest fan of mystery KALs as a rule – I like to know what I’m making before I start picking colours. There’s an exception to this and that’s the Woolly Wormhead KAL, and I’m about to start work on this years design (and there’s still time to sign up here). So the WestKnits KAL was on my list of things that I’d wait to see how they turned out until I saw the start of the first section and decided it looked too interesting to wait.

I learned a lot knitting this shawl. It’s the first time I’ve worked brioche rib going back and forward – and it turned out to be way easier than I expected. As I haven’t knitted any other WestKnits designs I hadn’t encountered the large holes. Those were great fun. So it turned out to be an easier knit than I expected. Even the ribbed icord cast on seemed to fly past.

I used Britsock for the shawl in Marigold and Hydrangea so there’s lots of colour that I’ll appreciate over the next few months when it’s dull and grey.

The finished shawl will be coming to FerrestFest in Dundee on the 9th and 10th of November and we’ll have plenty of colour choices. If you’d like to come to FerretFest you’ll need a ticket – they’re free and the tickets are to let us keep numbers manageable. Last year was very very busy. Tickets for the afternoon have all gone, and there are just a few spots left the first session on Saturday (that’s from 1000 to 1300) . Tickets are available here

If you can’t make it to Dundee I’m always happy to help suggest colour combinations, and I’ll put up a blog post later in the week with more suggestions. Right now the three that tempt me most are silver with black, geranium with hyacinth and blackened violet with blackened turquoise. Find those – and more – here.

What colour combination tempts you most?

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