Last week I launched my first challenge, 5 Shawls, 5 Days. Each day of the week participants would receive an email with one surprise shawl shape—a basic overview of the shape and written pattern that served as the backbone of that particular construction. The main goal behind the challenge was to encourage knitters to take the time to see how the increases come together to form a shape, without the pressure of knitting a full sized shawl, with complex stitches. A mini yet educational and motivational KAL with which many had tons of fun!
Here below are some of my favorite FOs from the challenge. I was really impressed with all the talent and thought that went into knitting up the samples! Knitters experimented with different types of increases, bind-offs or even added some simple stitch patterns into the mix! Others used some extremely funky yarns to quite stunning effects! Over 600 fiber bosses signed up for the original challenge - more people wanted to play so I created DIY version of the challenge, which saw more than 800 people sign up for that!
While it was exhausting for me to make sure all the systems were ready to go, to have all the materials for the Periscopes prepared, and to respond quickly to emails, it was very rewarding to see this community of knitters come together, interact and engage with one another. And I’ll definitely be planning round two of the 5 Shawls, 5 Days challenge, but first, a whole new type of challenge is in the works…
And today I released my long awaited e-book, "Forming Shawls and Their Charts". This has been a huge passion project of mine and I'm so excited to be finally releasing it! With 15 shawl shapes to discover and explore, you will find the possibilities for shawl knitting and design endless!