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Ashburn Shawl

The kit came with the pattern and 2x skeins of 3 different Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock Twist Yarn. I was disappointed with the feel of the yarn at first. Knitting with it felt close to knitting with kite string. However(!), after a good soak and block, the yarn turned perfectly soft, but still feels strong with striking stitch definition. I'll probably reserve judgement completely until I try another piece with this yarn. The pattern was straight forward and includes 2 solid sections of stockinette stitch. OMIGOD the garter stitch. Now, I know there are plenty of knitters who feel at home with a simple garter stitch, but I found this amount to be a bit mind numbing. Especially with an object like a shawl which should be the place to try new things and show off. The good thing I got out of those long rows of K, was plenty of practice in Continental speed knitting. The lice stitch rows add a nice break to the large sections of color, but the real star is the middle section. I LOVE the texture and extra thickness created by the continuous use of lice stitch in the middle section. Its beautiful on the right side and smooth and soft on the wrong side. The simple k2tog and kfbf shaping creates a romantic shape with tendrils while the picot bindoff seems the perfect touch to finish it off. Overall, this was a good kit. I'll look to use Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock Twist Yarn again for maybe a t-shirt, but I'll be taking a closer look at the specific stitches when I evaluate patterns.

Project Description

The kit came with the pattern and 2x skeins of 3 different Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock Twist Yarn. I was disappointed with the feel of the yarn at first. Knitting with it felt close to knitting with kite string. However(!), after a good soak and block, the yarn turned perfectly soft, but still feels strong with striking stitch definition. I'll probably reserve judgement completely until I try another piece with this yarn. The pattern was straight forward and includes 2 solid sections of stockinette stitch. OMIGOD the garter stitch. Now, I know there are plenty of knitters who feel at home with a simple garter stitch, but I found this amount to be a bit mind numbing. Especially with an object like a shawl which should be the place to try new things and show off. The good thing I got out of those long rows of K, was plenty of practice in Continental speed knitting. The lice stitch rows add a nice break to the large sections of color, but the real star is the middle section. I LOVE the texture and extra thickness created by the continuous use of lice stitch in the middle section. Its beautiful on the right side and smooth and soft on the wrong side. The simple k2tog and kfbf shaping creates a romantic shape with tendrils while the picot bindoff seems the perfect touch to finish it off. Overall, this was a good kit. I'll look to use Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock Twist Yarn again for maybe a t-shirt, but I'll be taking a closer look at the specific stitches when I evaluate patterns.

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