How to Knit a Sweater from Stash in 8 Days

Sometimes you just want to make a sweater as quickly as possible. While packing for our upcoming trips to Los Angeles, Tahoe, and Colorado I realized that I really really wanted a red sweater for all of the holiday events we were going to be attending.

Imagine my dismay when I realized I did not own a single red sweater. It turns out that in my massive closet I only had one red garment - a red silk tank that I bought ages ago that’s not quite winter weather friendly. I could have rushed out to the store to try and find one that fit the outfit images in my head but I quickly reminded myself that I am a knitter and I can make exactly what I want! So I quickly got to work and thought it would be fun to share my journey to make this red sweater in only 8 days.

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Mollis Shawl

The Mollis shawl is named for the latin translation of “soft” or “tender”. A few months ago I had driven south of Charleston to a small town in Beaufort, SC as they are home to the closest yarn store that I could visit. While I was browsing the shelves I came across Wool Addicts’ Water (by Lang Yarns) in a soft, muted rose-pink color. In March, we are planning an epic ski vacation in European in the Alps of France, Switzerland, and Italy. I knew I wanted to create a shawl that would work great for the après lifestyle in the early evenings but that would be functional and keep me warm as well. And thus the Mollis shawl was born.

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Why & How to Use a Garter Tab Cast On

When I begin a new shawl, one of the first things that I do is work the garter tab cast on. It creates a seamless edge at the top of shawls that flows perfectly into the garter stitch sides. It can also provide a more stable foundation for the stitches to come. This cast on method can be used with any shawl design with a little math & planning. So let’s discuss why & how you should use a Garter Tab Cast On.

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Illud Shawl

The Illud Shawl has to be one of the easiest things I have ever made. For 90% of this project you are doing the same thing every row in beautiful, mindless garter stitch. The beauty of this design lies in the 2-ply cashmere. It is simultaneously soft & sharp. The cashmere blurs the stitches a bit but the picot bind off adds a little bit of crispness to it. The name “Illud” comes from the latin translation of points - a name that is cool & sophisticated, just like the shawl.

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Gorgette Shawl

The Gorgette shawl provides a great introduction to shawl knitting. The stockinette stitch body is rhythmic and quickly becomes a mindless project suitable for travel or just something to pick up casually in free moments. The lace edging is worked after the crescent shawl is completed and may pose a challenge for the newest of knitters, but can be quickly mastered!

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Taking a Time Out

For about a million personal reasons, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. I reached a bit of a tipping point with the amount of stress in my life and I needed to take a step back, internalize, and come back to a sense of “normal” whatever that means. Thankfully, the last few months have helped me re-prioritize my life and I feel like I’m back to a point where I can share online.

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