Want to start 2019 with a knitting challenge? The Louise Shawl pattern provides a decent challenge for beginners, but it’s well worth it in the end. Not only will you end up with a stylish result, but the project also offers good practice for techniques that may be new to you.
But first, you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry for just $4.00! Follow the instructions to create either a fingering weight or a worsted weight version. And despite the aforementioned difficulty, Louise Shawl was designed to be easy to memorize and easy to travel with. Being mostly garter stitch, you tend to just turn your brain off while knitting away.
To help wrap your head around the step-by-step process, I hosted a knit-along (KAL) video on Instagram. If you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to contact me.
Tab Cast On
Completing this project requires some knowledge, practice, and diving into a few new techniques. The Tab Cast On is one of the most important skills needed. Check out this great tutorial video below by Mimi Kezer!
This type of cast on was a very intentional choice. It was important to keep the integrity of the garter edge along the entire length of the shawl. Yes, it may seem daunting. But with a little practice, it is simple to master. Best of all, once you’ve completed the cast on, you are done with the most difficult part of the pattern! With that out of the way, it’s easy to ride that momentum throughout the rest of the process.
Cabling is also necessary for this project. If you need some tips, have a look at Kathy Simpson’s video below.
There are a few different ways to cable. For me, I opted to use a cable needle. But if you want a more portable option, you don’t have to use one. Going that route may be a more viable option for advanced knitters.
If you need help with the yarn over technique, YouTuber VeryPink Knits provides an excellent explanation!
So, I have to admit, I’ve never attempted a purl side yarn over in all my years of knitting. Having said that, this video is still a great resource (after all, I learned something watching this video!). Chances are, you’ve already accidentally made a yarn over when you first started out. Use this opportunity to make those holes intentionally and skillfully!
By putting all of these skills together, I’m confident that you will end up with a shawl that you are proud of. The pattern is very dear to my heart, and I’m so happy I have the opportunity to share it with you. If you finish this project, please feel free to share it out to the world. Those of you on Instagram can use #unicornyarnco and #louiseshawl in your post.
Let’s see what some of the Louise Shawl test knitters made.
Trish is making good progress on her version. Like I mentioned, it’s a fairly “mindless” knit, so she was able to work on this during her lunch breaks. I can’t wait to see it after it’s blocked!
After the Louise Shawl pattern was unveiled, The Calou Shop was inspired to create a cabled sweater. I really love the way this turned out. Thanks for shout on Instagram!
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Finally, if you have any feedback or questions, be sure drop a comment below. I always love reading thoughts from other makers. 🙂