I learned to knit the English way, and it has served me well. I’ve made uncountable hats, sweaters, scarves, and other lovely things by “throwing” my stitches. But I was always just a bit jealous of how fast those continental knitters whizzed down their rows, so I finally took a class to learn how they do it. In hopes of making my transition to continental permanent, I started on a very simple shawl (all knits!). We’ll see if it sticks. For inspiration, I’m using a beautiful, celery green yarn fom Twirl Yarns in Napa.
- 2 skeins Twirl yarn, “Genista on Sweet Magnolia” (lace-weight blend of wool, alpaca, and mohair)
- 40 in. circular needle in size US 10 (or whatever size works with the yarn you’ve chosen to achieve your desired laciness)
- Not particularly important, but mine is 16 stitches per 4 in (and looking a little wobbly in this picture, but hey, it’s my first continental project).
- Cast on 3 stitches
- Row 1: knit 1, kfb, knit to end of row
- Repeat Row 1 until you have a sizeable shawl, run out of yarn, or finally stop picking up the working yarn in your right hand, whichever comes first.
- Bind off.
Stay tuned for pictures of the finished project.