The official start date for our Greenwood Shawl KAL is fast approaching—Monday is August 1 and that’s when we get to start knitting this awesome asymmetrical shawl from designer Martha Wissing. If you haven’t already pulled together your materials, there’s still plenty of time to head to your local yarn store to choose your Berroco Ultra® Alpaca and purchase the Portfolio Volume 2 book (you can also purchase the individual PDF if your store participates in the Ravelry In-Store program, just ask!).
You’ll need six skeins of the worsted weight Berroco Ultra Alpaca, and you can use any color you choose, though we recommend a lighter color to show off all the delightful stitch definition in this shawl. The original sample as seen in the book uses the Barley color; I’ll be knitting mine in Pink Berry Mix. There’s already some discussion about color choice in the Berroco Lovers Ravelry group; if you can’t decide on a color, be sure to share your thoughts there and get some feedback from other knitters!
If you already have the Greenwood Shawl pattern in hand, take a moment to look over the pattern and identify any parts of it that you think present learning opportunities. For instance, the shawl starts with a picot cast-on. I’ve worked a few picot edges in my years as a knitter, but I don’t remember if I’d ever worked this particular cast on before, so I took a minute to try it out. Turns out, it’s a really easy cast on and adds a lovely little detail to this shawl. Follow along with this video to learn how to work the picot cast-on method.
I’ll be sharing more tutorials as we work through this shawl, and I’ll be sharing my progress updates here on Wednesdays, beginning August 10. Be sure to let me know if you have any questions along the way, either as a comment to this post, in the Ravelry group, or on social media using #GreenwoodKAL. I’m looking forward to chatting with you about our shawl knitting!