Fri 1/11, 1/18, & 1/25
The Smuggler’s Cove shawl by Kay Hopkins is a gorgeous mix of lace, textured stitches and colorwork. While it looks complex, the techniques involved are deceptively simple. Beginning with a garter stitch tab, the shawl is worked from the top down with simple increases to create a classic triangular shape. Mosaic (slipped-stitch) colorwork is a great introduction to colorwork, as only one yarn is used at a time. Simple knit-and-purl textures and very basic lace techniques add contrast and interest. Whether you choose a solid or gradient yarn for your contrasting color, this pattern is sure to yield a beautiful result, and teach you a lot of new skills along the way!
Prerequisites: Advanced beginner/Intermediate -- very comfortable with knit and purl, cast on, and bind off. Previous experience with slipping stitches and/or increases and decreases is helpful but not required.
Skills Learned: Garter stitch tab; using temporary yarn-overs to create a loose slipped-stitch edge; Knit Front and Back (kfb) increase; Make One Left (M1L) and Make One Right (M1R) increases; mosaic (slipped-stitch) colorwork; basic lace, including yarn-over (yo) and knit two together (k2tog) stitches; how to read colorwork and lace charts.
- 600-700 yds fingering weight yarn for main color, and 200-300 yds for contrasting color. Sample used 3 skeins of Woolfolk Tynd and 1 skein of Freia Fingering
- US size 4, 5 and 6 circular needles, 32”-40” in length (Note: shawl is worked flat; the long circular needle is needed to accommodate the full width of the shawl.)
- Stitch markers. Minimum 2. Additional markers for pattern repeats are helpful but not required. If using markers for repeats, make sure to have 2 unique markers to identify the center stitch.
- Copy of pattern (available for purchase in-store)
- Recommended: A magnet board or other materials to track progress on knitting charts.
- Scissors and darning needle for working in ends.
All class materials must be purchased from Warm n Fuzzy.