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Pirate's Cove Shawl: Free Knitting Pattern

Updated: Aug 8, 2020



 

Gotta love some simple garter stitch when faced with eight solid inches of lace work. On the whole, this project works up quite quickly. It would have been even faster if I'd stuck with the pattern's suggestion of worsted weight yarn. The instructions take less than two pages and are very easy to memorize, making it a splendid "TV knit."


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I started off with a few balls of leftover yarn from a previous project and just added in as I went. Because of the simplicity and graduated blending of colors in the pattern, it was very easy to adapt it to scrap busting. My main recommendation is that you can use all the scraps you want, but make sure that there is consistently one color used between the lace rows as the garter foundation to make sure the lace stands out. Shown in the picture are Caron Simply Soft Orchid, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn Purple Gradient, and King Cole Finesse Cotton Silk Antique Lilac. But I also used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton Mulberry and Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece Putty. Truly, a modge podge of all different kinds of fiber blends.



One of the benefits, though, of using what I did, and also a benefit of the large needle size suggested, is that it is so airy and fluffy that absolutely no blocking was necessary or even helpful to get it to lie nice and flat and smooth.


Also due to the fiber mixture, I found out that it was best to use my KnitPicks nickel-plated interchangeable needle set in size 9. The nice smooth surface made sure all the different blends slid effortlessly off the needles without worry of dropping them.


If you've decided to use this pattern for stash busting yourself, keep in mind that the cottons and wool will result in a nice squishy, fluffy fabric like this; but a slinky yarn with nylon, large percentages of silk, polyester, and rayon will turn out with less squish and more drape, and it will probably go better if you use wooden needles or something with more grip.





Aaaand I just had to get in a close-up shot of the super simple yet stunning section of lace.


If you want to try the Pirate's Cove pattern out for yourself, either to the pattern or as a stash-busting project, it can be found here. Plus, it's free!!


Happy knitting!




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