The Spotlight Shawl was a fun, fairly fast, knit for me. Yes, it's a lot of garter stitch in the beginning, but that helps it block out to a good-sized shawl. I made extra stripes to use up more of the delicious Alegria from Manos (my new favorite yarn and current staff pick at Knitsburgh.) This yarn is soft, airy, springy, and gorgeously dyed. It is light yet cozy to wear. I went with a bold contrast and I am very pleased with the acid green and the rich, warm brown.
I will say that although this is a simple enough pattern, I had some issues with the lace portion until I memorized and internalized the pattern. The great news is it did not take me long to notice that something was amiss, since the vertical lines are easy to see. Until I became more familiar with the pattern, I wished there was a chart, and Jenn and I tried to make one. The effort broke our brains, so we quickly abandoned the idea. Perhaps that is why the designer decided not to have a chart. The lace is easy, but sometimes that is the kind of thing that trips me up in my knitting. I get over-confident with easy patterns and then I make mistakes by not paying enough attention. Luckily, the magical Yvonne was there to save me. I also decided to make the lace in the darker color of my high-contrast shawl. That was a little tough on the eyes, so it was better for me to do that part in the mornings, with plenty of light and alertness.
It is not too late for you to join this knitalong. Plenty of people are still working on Spotlight, and we have plenty of good yarn choices here at the shop. I blocked the shawl in the back room of Knitsburgh (do you hate blocking? We can do it for you for a modest fee.) Once dry, I immediately put the shawl on, and wore it home that night. This piece will be my close friend during this unpredictable early Spring weather.
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