(For all of you who are on Instagram, I just wanted to let you know that I started an Instagram feed of my knitting projects. If that’s something that you would like to follow, you can find the link here.)
I just finished a big knitting project. If you like lace knitting, this Capella Shawl from German knitwear designer Isabell Kraemer is a real winner. I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this. It’s a beautiful lace pattern but the garter stitch banding is the finishing touch that I really think makes it different.
I used Quince Chickadee yarn for this shawl, although the pattern calls for fingering weight. This pattern is from Quince and if you have never checked out their website, hop on over there! They have wonderful patterns and super soft, squishy yarn that’s sourced and made right here in the U.S. I love the fact that they are producing these yarns in Maine. You can read about their story here.
I am a big believer in Addi Lace Circular needles. I use them for all my knitting, flat or circular, lace or not and have replaced all my old needles with these. If you enjoy lace knitting and have never used these, you will be amazed! The tips are so pointed and sharp, you can easily knit intricate stitches, pick up stitches and especially knit twist stitches. This pattern has a S2KP: “slip 2 stitches tog knitwise to the RH needle, K1, pass 2 slipped stitches over knit stitch” and that is so much easier when using lace needles.
I did an Icelandic bind off because of the garter stitch edge. I thought a regular bindoff would not be stretchy enough, but Jenny’s Super Stretchy Bindoff would be impossible to do for this length of garment. The Icelandic bind off worked great and I will be posting a video on how to do this bindoff soon.
I followed the chart on this pattern and except for one lone row of Purl only, you really have to pay attention to your knitting. That’s the reason this project took me so long – it was hard to watch TV and knit this at the same time! Was such an enjoyable knit, though. I hope you get out your needles and try it. And check out Isabell’s patterns – she is a fantastic knitwear designer.