Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bismuth Asymmetric Shawl

Do you hoard yarn like Gollum with the One Ring? I do. Or, I use to. This is my experience going from hanging on to yarns for years until I found the perfect project and feeling like I was good enough to knit and crochet, to a mindset change of making my own perfect project. In the midst of that, the Bismuth Asymmetric Shawl was created.

Bismuth Asymmetric Shawl will be released on Friday, April 14th at 12PM (eastern time zone) with a 50% OFF coupon code good for ONLY 24-hrs. Stay tuned for notification and the code on Friday.

What to do with a single colorful skein of cashmere blend yarn? Make a shawl of course!
For years I hoarded this yarn like Gollum with the One Ring. It was too precious. I didn’t feel like I was good enough. I didn’t think crochet was good enough for this yarn. Well, that was stupid. That is a messed up mindset.

The truth is that there will always be more yarns. I am enough to use this yarn and crochet is good enough for fancy yarns too. Thus, the Bismuth Shawl was born. I wanted to create a pattern that showed off the colors and best of all, use up every bit of the yarn. Heck yeah, I want to use up every bit of this yarn. Sure, the yarn isn’t TOO precious to use, but I’m not fool - I don’t want to waste even an ounce.

Do you have precious yarn that is just too good to knit and crochet? Are you looking for THE perfect project? Maybe you don't feel you are a good enough knitter and crocheter to use that yarn. You're thinking that "one day I'll be good enough to use that $30 skein of cashmere blend". That day is now. Stop thinking you are not worthy, that there is something lacking in you. You are good enough. Any project you decide is perfect. Stop waiting for tomorrow.

KnitDesigns by Tian, crochet pattern

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Skill Level: Easy
Finished Measurements: About 52” wingspan and 29” deep (blocked)

Dream in Color Classy Worsted (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 340 yards [311 meters]: October Dream Club 2014 – 1 skein)
Hook: US size 10/J (6.0 mm)
Extras: Yarn needle, (optional) scale t0 weigh yarn before starting.
Gauge: 12 sts and 7 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Hdc
NOTE: Gauge is not crucial for this project. Use a hook 2-3 sizes larger than recommended for yarn weight.

The shawl is worked sideways, increasing 1 st every row on one edge.

The pattern is customizable. Use any weight or quantity of yarn. If your yarn is different than that used for this sample, weigh your yarn before starting, work shawl Body until 15-20% of your yarn remain, then work edging. For a wider lace edge, work Body until a larger amount of yarn remain for the edge. For this sample, I worked until there were 66 sts before starting the edging.

Until next time... stitch on!

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