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Longing for Summer


This shawl nearly ended in a disaster. The needle I was using was smaller than in the pattern so I was afraid the shawl would end up too small. I had three 50 g balls of yarn so there was plenty of yardage – more than what was called for in the pattern. And so I decided to make extra increases in the body to fit more lace repeats in the border. Two skeins for the body and one for the border. That should be plenty, right? WRONG.

I severely underestimated the yarn consumption and ended up running out of yarn just barely into the lace border. Luckily, and through the magic of Ravelry stash search, I was able to find a fellow knitter who had the same yarn in their stash and was willing to part with it. It probably wasn’t the same dye lot but with a commercial yarn it didn’t matter – it was a perfect match.

Crisis averted and a shawl completed! And in the end there was just 6 g of yarn left over.




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Susanna Winter is a knitwear designer, creating timeless and elegant pieces with clean lines. She has been knitting for over 20 years, knit blogging since 2007, and designing knitting patterns professionally since 2016.

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