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Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Mini Tip Tutorial & a new pattern - Carnival

I'm so excited to release Carnival. Today's pattern release also includes a Monday Mini Tip Tutorial. Carnival has a unique shape. Double yarn overs are used to create a triangular shape to start with before the shape changes (scroll down to the bottom of this post for a blocking photo) which creates a very wearable shawl which wraps around your neck easily.

Sometimes you see a fun, colourful, variegated skein of yarn which you just have to have! But what do you knit with it? Carnival is a fun shawlette with an interesting shape and an easy lace pattern which is perfect for that skein of fun, variegated yarn. 

This version of Carnival was knitted by one of my wonderful sample knitters, Liz, in Zauberball 100 2305 and takes just one ball.

I originally designed and knitted this shawl last summer. I bought a skein of Botany Lace as an impulse buy while I was teaching at Spin A Yarn. I fell in love with the colour but it's hard to find a pattern for multi-coloured yarn so I decided to design a shawl which had an easy lace pattern and an interesting shape.

I think Carnival works really well in both the multi-coloured Botany Lace and the self-striping Zauberball 100. I love both these colourways. Carnival takes just one 100g/400m skein. I had about 10g of yarn left but my sample knitter only had a tiny amount of yarn left. The dramatic loopy edging is made up of six yarn overs. If you're worried about running out of yarn, do four yarn overs instead. There's a note in the pattern about it.

Carnival is shaped by working double yarn over increases at three 'spines'. In today's Mini Tip Tutorial video I show you how to use double yarn overs to create this shape. I did have a bit of a technical issue with my phone while I was filming it, so the last bit where I talk about the loopy edging was filmed later than the rest.

You can also watch the video here.

If you've signed up to my YarnAddict Newsletter, do look out for your 30% discount. If you're not a subscriber, you'll automatically get 20% discount when you purchase the pattern. The discount will be added automatically at the check out. You can buy the pattern here.

So all you have to do now is to choose which yarn to knit it in

Below is a blocking photo of Carnival. I do have a free How to Block course coming up. I'm hoping to launch it in April/May and it will include a video of how I blocked Carnival. Below is a blocking photo.

Please ask any questions you have in the comments below. You can see all the previous Monday Mini Tips and other tutorials on my Tutorials page. 

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