Madison taught herself to knit three years ago. Her first projects were knitted bandages for donation to a leper colony. Her most recent project, the shawl you see here, is the latest in a series of lace shawls numbering 147.
Madison didn’t become a master lace knitter overnight, but almost. After the bandages, she progressed to a pair of garter-stitch slippersa project she made in a formal knitting class for beginners. The slippers turned out fine, although she says, she failed in her efforts to make a decent pom-pom. Her slippers had to leave class unadorned.
Shortly after the slipper project, Madison signed up for a class in lace knitting. The class project this time was the Sheep Shawl from Fiber Trends. That shawl was Number 1 and the beginning of her love affair with knitted lace.
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Charmed 85% cashmere, 15% mohair
Charmed is a luxurious combination of 85% cashmere and 15% mohair. Cashmere as the main component makes the yarn lightweight, warm, and soft. The added mohair increases the yarns durability while adding a slight sheen. This blend makes for a yarn that is suitable for many types of garments and accessories.
Madison's shawl is designed to be symmetrical so as it lies over your shoulders the stitch pattern on both sides flows in the same direction. To do this she created the shawl in two (almost) identical pieces by casting on at the bottom edges of the shawl and then working them toward the center. She then joined the pieces in the center using the kitchener stitch.
Learn how to graft using the kitchener stitch.