A few months ago, I had my very first test-knitting experience. If you’re not familiar with the concepts, it’s when a pattern designer someone knit a brand new, unpublished pattern to check for typos or mistakes in the design itself.
When Chandi of Expression Fiber Arts told me she’d chosen me to test knit for her, I was pretty excited. The number of people that had applied to test knit for her was pretty sizable and, well, I’m a bit of a EFA fangirl. I mean, I really, really love her yarn and patterns. And if you follow her on Instagram or subscribe on YouTube, you get to see her adorable personality shine through. (Plus, she always has awesome giveaways through Instagram and her blog….so yay!)
Anywho–the pattern that I knit for her was this gorgeous (free!) Palette Shawl.
All photos courtesy of Expression Fiber Arts. Thanks, Chandi!
It’s massive! Based on size alone, you might be thinking this project would be overwhelming and hugely time consuming but that’s really not the case. I am not a fast knitter. Keep that in mind when I tell you that I finished this thing in right at 3 weeks. Some of those days were solid knitting, binge-watching Netflix days, but most were my typical evenings when I knit after the youngest kiddo is tucked in bed.
Also, it looks far more complicated than it is. It’s only a two row repeat! For real. If you can knit, purl, k2tog, and yo, you’ve got this! After just a short time, you’ll have the rhythm down and you’ll be speeding along. It’s almost impossible to mess this thing up. I’m telling you….it’s a very fun, easy thing to knit. I am itching to start one for myself as soon as my yarn budget allows!
And speaking of her yarn, part of what makes this shawl so magical is knitting it with her Superwash Merino Silk Pearlescent Worsted floofy, smooshy, cloud-like yarn. Seriously. I want to sleep in a pile of it forever and ever.
And I might, because you can cast on more stitches to make this pattern a blanket! Or cast on less to make it a scarf.
Heck, maybe I’ll eventually do all three.
One last tidbit—it’s not your typical triangle shawl or even just a rectangle. It’s a parallelogram.
I’m hoping to make this is her Sand Dune colorway with maybe an off-center section of Nautical…if they’re still available when my time comes to order yarn. What do you think?
Or maybe all Sand Dune. Decisions, decisions.
Anyway, Chandi took good care of me as a test knitter and I just wanted to share my fun experience with you! This post benefits me in no way, but it made me smile and I hope you knit this pattern and smile, too. However, if you decide to order some yarn from her and use this link for your first order from EFA you get 15% off and, hey, I get some loyalty points which add up to a discount on my next order. So, you know…that’s cool and stuff.