This was so fun. It was a mix of a challenge with the lacework, but then it would switch to giving you a mental break with the garter stitch. – Libby, test knitter
I stumbled across a definition for Alchemy that I completely fell in love with and defines A Dash of Alchemy perfectly.
“A seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.”
How perfect is that?! When knitting this shawl, it completely applies to each step of the process. We TRANSFORM our beautiful hanks of yarn into stitches. Those stitches CREATE a lovely shawl, and those beautiful yarns are COMBINED using intarsia. A Dash of Alchemy emerged from this brilliant concept of Alchemy. ♥
Worked flat, A Dash of Alchemy contains written directions and charts. A handy-dandy progress tracker is included to help you with your rows and stitch counts. Yardage for each section is given should you wish to turn this into a scrappy project!
Techniques used in A Dash of Alchemy
- 1/1 LC
- 1/1 RC
A Dash of Alchemy was a collaboration with the ever-talented Kim of Gingersnap, using their Zest Fingering base in the Empire (dark purple) & Majestic (speckled) from their Royal collection. LOVE LOVE LOVE these colors! This plump yarn is 80% SW Merino 20% Nylon, giving the yarn lots of durability and squish. Each skein has 420 yds (384 m) / 3.8 oz (110 g), and I used 350 yds (320 m) of the Empire and 370 yds (338 m) of Majestic.
Yarn Substitutes – Any fingering weight yarn, that allows you to obtain a gauge of 20 stitches by 32 rows in garter stitch= 4″/10 cm, after blocking.
Where to buy A Dash of Alchemy
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Frequently asked Questions
Can the shawl be made bigger?
Yes! Simply do more repeats of sections 1-2, ending after a section 2 repeat. Your final stitch count will need to be a multiple of 2+6 in order to have no complications with the final edging.
Can I make this in a different weight yarn?
Absolutely! After the initial start, you’re simply repeating two sections, so this would be easy to swap out for a different yarn weight (adjusting needle size so you achieve your desired fabric), and just creating repeats until you have reached your desired shawl size!
Would you recommend using mini-skein sets for the garter portions?
The largest garter section used approximately 120 yds (110 m). Depending on the yardage or your mini-skeins, and assuming you’ve achieved gauge, you could easily swap out the garter sections for various mini-skeins or scraps to make the shawl completely unique to you!
A Dash of Alchemy Tester Projects
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