I have been in deep deep love with the Spell Shawl pattern since I first released it in 2016. I have lost track of how many I’ve made, and have done so many different variations, I can hardly remember them all. The first many versions of the pattern were all made following what is now the Original version in the pattern, where you start with one single stitch, create an asymmetric triangle by increasing on the bias (my favorite shawl shape of all time, FYI), and then work decreases on the bias to create a very interesting and unique shape. It’s an asymmetric triangle with a twist, you might say.
Then, a couple of years ago, I decided to play around with some sock yarn scraps and make the Spell Shawl by only working the increase section. I loved it, and proceeded to make many more. I made quite a few using sock yarn scraps throughout our Socially Distant KAL early pandemic. I added notes on how to utilize scraps of fingering-weight yarn, and how to use the Russian Join method so end-weaving-in is not a barrier to enjoyment and made two in quick succession.
That is the version of the pattern we used for the Attitude of Gratitude shawl, the first project in our ShannaJean Advent-ish end of year countdown kits. For that shawl, we used 20 mini skeins (each about 45 yards) and joined them together using Russian Join, so the knitting and changing of colors could be so completely mindless you didn’t have to expend an ounce of thought for it. The result is a rainbow of happiness and fun that I still reach for whenever it’s chilly outside.
So, when we thought about how we wanted to knit in community this Spring, the Spell Shawl jumped into our collective brains. Pairing that pattern with 3 skeins of Fingering is such a fun way to knit our way through this season. And, knitters can choose to make either version; check the pattern notes for more info, or check back in here tomorrow for a rundown of how to make the most of the pattern and yarn together!
That Russian join has changed my life! Thank you for sharing it!