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I try to stay focused, really I do. I promise myself I will work on the almost a dozen projects ready and waiting for patterns, but then inspiration strikes and I’m off on another tangent. This project not only diverted my attention, it shoved its way to the front of the publication line.
The Worthy Culprit
This time I was sidetracked by the end of one of the most successful projects in NASA history. After 20 years, the Cassini space craft recently met its end when it purposefully crashed into Saturn’s atmosphere, heroically measuring conditions until the last second.
Cassini gave us years of amazing photos of Saturns rings (ahhhh, now you see the pattern inspiration) and knowledge of the giant gas planets and their moons that we did not have before. I was always taken by how the rings looked different based on the wave of light they were studying.
I’ve had a crescent shawl on my to do list for a while now but with so many crescent shawls already out there, it needed something different.
Enter the Showy Garter Decrease. Where the Granite Lake Shawl played on the vertical elements, the Cassini Shawl curves these lines while maintaining the perpendicular detail that makes it so attractive. But that’s not all, the elegantly shaped (or successfully inspired) shawl needed interesting edges too, which led to the techniques below & the amazing Knotted K2tog bind off in the last blog post.
Knit 2 Front and Back (k2f&b): The k1f&b increase is not always a favorite because it shows. In fact, we blogged about a less intrusive alternative (k1b&f) here. In this case, we are doubling down on the interruptive nature of the increase by working it into 2 edge stitches to create a knotted look.
Wrap 2 K2tog: The wrap also creates a knotted look that adds definition to our Knotted K2Tog Bind Off, in the edge of this shawl and soon we’ll show it with our Knotted Cast On. Since it is just 2 stitches, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to work and it has the added benefit of being stretchy.
Texture is the name of the game for this shawl and we’ve added it in a number of ways:
New! Video Support for our Patterns on You Tube
We now have a You Tube Channel to support Knitting Nuance patterns and techniques. Some of our prior video were on Drop Box which changed its sharing method so I took that as a sign to finally jump in and use You Tube. There are several Nuance videos there including an updated version of the Alternating Long-Tail Cast On, the Resilient Cast On and a soon to be announced Knit 1 Row Below edge.
Pattern Comes with a Free 20-Minute Video Class
Now you can start your project with me.
There are enough new ideas in the Cassini Shawl that I wanted to make sure I explained them well. There is a short overview video followed by a 20 minute ‘class’ that literally starts at the cast on edge, works the set up rows and shows you how to add new Showy lines. I’m so in love with this shawl I want to make sure you are successful with it.
I’ll keep making videos as fast as I can and add them as soon as they are ready. I’ve added a new Video category to the blog so you can easily find them all. You can link here or search on Laura Cunitz to find them. I can’t customize the channel until I have a hundred subscribers so please add us to your You Tube list and it will get even better.
Even after knitting three shawls in a row, I really want to knit another but there are so many other projects in the queue that will have to wait. I’m teaching this project at Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno so if you are going to be in the area send me an email so I can schedule something for you. Classes are listed in the sidebar to the left.