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Christmas Knitting, NOW

July 25, 2012

Summer knitting is not just about hiding away in the air conditioning it is a great time to start your fall and holiday knitting projects and gifts. You will never have that sweater ready for fall if you don't start it now. I know, I know, you are looking at the temp and scoffing at sitting with wool yarn in your lap. What better excuse to hide inside during the hottest part of the day than because you are preparing for the holidays. I find my fall sweaters are always brighter and more cheerful when I start them in summer. Add to the above the fact that school is starting soon which means you will have the time to start some summer knitting projects. All good news! Plus I can throw another one at you: try working up all your knitting projects (or a majority as a compromise) in chunky weight yarn. Your projects will fly off your needles, leaving your with more time for you or to complete more projects:  including sweater, mittens, scarves and (my favorite) shawls.


I love shawls because they can be any size, any funky design you like and are perfect to wear any which way you like. Shawls knit in chunky yarns are even better in my book because they actually keep me warm. I love the lightweight shawls but only for an accessory. If I want a shawl that looks good and is super warm I have learned to knit it in a heavier gauge. I recently made the Pembroke Shawl from Interweave Knits in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky which turned out amazing. I really enjoyed working with the yarn but also I love how quickly something so beautiful came together. The delicate lace pattern was not overwhelmed by the thick yarn but gave it new depth and texture that can be missed in a light weight yarn. I believe the design stands out more with the chunky yarn because there is less of it. With a lighter weight yarn, you must repeat the design over and over and it is very small. With a chunky yarn, you repeat the design much less so you see more of it. After many years spent knitting shawls in fingering and DK yarn it was refreshing to be able to see a new take on an old favorite. My Pembroke Shawl seems so warm and cozy even though it is not very big (36'' across the top). It only took 2 skeins of yarn making it inexpensive with dramatic impact. Knitting the Pembroke Shawl as inspired me to rethink my favorite shawl patterns to try them with a thicker yarn. It has encouraged me to try many other patterns with a chunky yarn like Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Chunky or Amy Butler Sweet Harmony Yarn. I am actually excited this year to start my holiday projects because of this nice little chunky weight "short-cut" I've found! 

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