Introducing the newest design from Lost City Knits – the Confidence Shawl/Kerchief!
Frequently at festivals, the farmers market, and other events, I am asked which of my designs is a suitable pattern for a novice knitter. The inexperienced knitter might look around at the shawls and scarves on display and think there is no way they could do what they see. But maybe that’s true of some of the more complex patterns. They’ll get there in time. All they need is confidence.
With a few simple skills such as the ability to knit, purl, and yarn over (and cast on and bind off naturally) they can, however, knit a simple triangle shawl or kerchief. After helping Mary, a new-to-knitting customer, at the War Eagle Festival in Arkansas last month the idea of a simple but attractive shawl has been in the back of my mind. Recently as I walked through our barnyard the corrugated tin roof caught my eye and I thought, “the roof would make a nice textured pattern”. Within a few days I’d charted the design and had it on the needles using our Wool Tussah Silk Fingering Yarn – a rustic single ply – in a colorway called Pot Bellied Stove.
Whether you’re an experienced shawl knitter or a beginner, you’ll likely agree that wearing a garment you have made yourself causes you to walk taller, have more spring to your step, and feel more confident. Lost City Knits has designed this pattern for just that reason.
This pattern contains notes to help the beginning knitter become comfortable with knitting a traditional triangle shape, reading charts, and blocking.
Whether you’re a beginner or not, we think you’ll find this fun and versatile shawl a wonderful addition to your wardrobe.
We’re off to the Arkansas Fiber Extravaganza this weekend, and I’ll be sporting my new Confidence Shawl and knitting my second one as well, because really – can any knitter have too much confidence?