Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Stripe Study Shawl Knitalong - week 1

Good morning! I trust you are all rested and refreshed after the long Easter weekend...? I can see from Nat's post on Misadventures in Craft that she is as excited as me this morning about our first KAL update posts! There wasn't much time for knitting here, but thankfully the start of the shawl is quick and it only took a few hours over the weekend to knit the first 6.5 stripes - yay! 
YARN: Nimu Yarns silk/cashmere 4 ply (Unravel special purchase)

This is a great pattern - I can see why it has over 2,200 projects on Ravelry. It's simple enough for a confident beginner and is easy to remember once you've made the first stripe. I'm really enjoying it and hope to get more time to work on it this week. Over the weekend, I've loved seeing the yarns and wonderful colours that other people have chosen and I can't help feeling that I've been quite reserved and predictably "Sarah" in my colour choices. Having said that, this yarn feels AWESOME, so soft and it has a beautiful sheen and drape - can't wait to wear it! When this one is finished, I may well cast on another in rainbow stripes (isn't this beautiful?), or perhaps one of the other similar patterns by the same designer.

If you're taking part with us, please leave a link to your blog or online picture of your update in the comments. You can also use Twitter and Instagram (you can view the latter on followgram too) with the tag #SSSKnitalong. There are several posts up already, here's a preview....
If you're interested in finding out more about how to join in, you can read the FAQs post (which also includes a discount code on the pattern and suitable yarn from Nimu). 

Happy Knitting! 
PS I've linked in with Frontier Dreams' Keep Calm Crafting on today - you can see more posts here.


  1. It looks beautiful :) I love the colours you chose... I have a feeling I might be making more than one of these, and I love that your colours are kinda the opposite way round to mine (the stronger colour as the main rather than contrast)

    I want to come and give it a squidge, the silk/cashmere yarn sounds gorgeous!

  2. Gorgeous! Can't wait to start mine!

  3. I love your colors too!
    See, now I really want to knit this.
    Must resist until I finish my current shawl.

    Beautiful work.

    1. Nothing like a bit of motivation to get you finished!!! :D

  4. I only caught up with this yesterday....I really want in, I went to my LYS this morning three boys in tow, one having a three year old tantrum, the oldest having a strop which has lasted all morning, I battled as I couldn't park near......imagine me struggling....only to find it closed! However determined that I am, I think I may use some four ply in my stash and start today anyhoo!

    I will hopefully blog later....after I've dealt with stroppy boys!

    1. Oh I hate it when things like that happen!!! Great to hear you're on board though :)

  5. Aaah, more converts! Seriously, if there was an election for the best knitting pattern ever...

    Pretty sure I declared on my blog sometime last summer that I might never knit anything else but SS and DL shawls (what a doofus!)

  6. looks great! i'm feeling inspired too, ordered some yarn online today so hopefully i'll be able to start mine in a few days :)

    1. Yay! Can't wait to see what you chose!

    2. i'll be using kauni 8/2 effektgarn in variegated pinks and reds + solid black :) http://www.intermission.nu/stripe-study-shawl-knitalong/

  7. Hi Sarah! You've seen my pictures on Instagram already I'm sure, but for those who haven't, I blogged about my progress here: http://winkieflash.nl/2012/04/10/stripe-study-shawl-knitalong/
    I hope that one day I'll knit as fast as you can! ;-)

  8. I followed you from Frontier Dreams. What a great shawl!

    Here is my most recent project: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-tuesday-bunnys-birthday-dress.html

  9. Yours looks lovely, and so do lots of other peoples. I'm not in the right frame of mind to improve my knitting skills at the moment, but I will enjoy watching all of you!

  10. such a great pattern! I really love the rainbow versions too!! I just dont know if i would wear it!

  11. It's looking fantastic Sarah! Love looking at the colour choices everyone has made.

  12. It's turning out great! I'm still mulling this one over. I have other things I should be making but I have some yarn that I think would look lovely on this shawl...hmmm

  13. Ooh a KAL sounds like fun! Your colours are lovely. I've been slightly less original and have more or less stuck the Veera's colours! I'm only a couple of stripes into my Stripe Study so I shall be KAL-ing up the rear :P

  14. This KAL sounds like fun, I am eying this pattern for so long!!! have to look what kind of yarn could I use from my stash... and then I join in!

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