Soon (February 1st!) we begin our 2016 Shawl Adventure KAL with an easy project. The First Point of Libra is a familiar triangle shape and its simple modular construction works very well with gradients and self-striping yarns. The shawl is knit all in garter stitch and contains no overly complicated instructions. The First Point of Libra Shawl made its debut last year as the Summer’s End Mystery Knit Along and I was one of the knitters who happily participated in that MKAL. From this shawl, the idea to do a year-long shawl knit-along was born.
For those of you who have already purchased the pattern, the designer, Laura Aylor, gives us some very specific instructions on choosing and using our yarn. The pattern is written for fingering weight yarn in a five color gradient but you can choose a self-striping yarn or even use your handspun. After you have chosen your color set, then you need to find a neutral or complementary, single color background. The key is to choose a background color that is lighter or darker than the lightest or darkest color in your gradient.
Yvonne, Anna, Jessica and I spent part of an afternoon choosing combinations for you to consider. These “kits” are available at Natural Stitches to give you a quick start to your First Point of Libra or ask a staff member to help you choose your own combination. Whatever you choose, remember to create a ravelry project page and post some pictures in our discussion thread.
Natural Stitches has a great selection of Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat gradient sets with coordinating single color skeins. I personally love this combination and hope that someone picks this:
but if you want a neutral background color, consider a green gradient with a charcoal grey (Cascade Heritage):
Another gradient option for you to consider is to pair iKNITiatives (local independent dyer) with some Dream in Color Smooshy:
Lastly, you can create your own set using Berroco Folio:
Check out the Ravelry thread where I will post some more color sets for you to consider.