The test knit for Milly’s Knit Designs Eckert Street Shawl has officially begun. I am using Walcot Yarns Opus yarn in the plum colorway. It is 70% merino 30% alpaca and it is a dream to knit with. Soft and squishy and springy. I was initially worried because the shawl pattern calls for fingering weight yarn. I bought my yarn online and it was listed as fingering, but on Ravelry the same yarn is categorized as a sport weight yarn. In an abundance of caution I swatched in both garter and brioche (giant swatches! I am such a good knitter) and to my surprise I got pretty close to the pattern gauge for both.
There are seven sections to this lovely shawlette: alternating garter, brioche and an eyelet pattern. This is my first time knitting brioche. Thank goodness for the internet. I found some really helpful videos from Very Pink and I think I’ve got it down. I’m just starting in on the third section, and I think it’s coming along pretty well:
The plum colorway is really difficult to photograph – it’s a very deep plum color, not nearly as brown as it’s coming across in the picture. This is my first time knitting a shawl, and I am enjoying it more than I expected. At least I don’t have to silently stress about the fit! What are you working on? Do you knit a lot of shawls?