Friday, August 7, 2015

FO Friday: #KPChauKAL Shawl

I'm always a fan of multitasking, so when I was asked to knit a display piece for the Bijou Basin Ranch booth using one of Laura Chau's shawl patterns, I was pretty excited to cast on as part of the #KPChauKAL that is currently happening here in the Knitter's Pride Ravelry group. Two, two mints in one!

I was a little nervous that I wouldn't be done in time for Stitches Midwest this weekend, but I bound off on Tuesday night and had it blocking the next day (it had to share the usual blocking space with some homebrewing equipment, though):
The pattern is the Leonarda Shawl, and I knit the larger size option for the triangle version (the pattern also includes instructions to knit a smaller triangle shawl as well as a rectangular wrap). Rebel that I am, I didn't gauge beforehand, which totally came back to haunt me when I was far enough in to start worrying that I might run out of yarn because I was a little off on the suggested gauge. OOPS. The good news is that I won at yarn chicken, and the finished piece looks lovely!
However, if you're planning on knitting the larger size with two skeins of Tibetan Dream yarn as I did (shown here is the limited-edition Burple colorway), you really should take the time to gauge beforehand for your own personal sanity. It's not fun to worry about running out of yarn! Turns out, I could have gone down a needle size or two - but on the plus side, the resulting shawl is nice and big and perfect for snuggling into. If only I got to keep it!
If you're heading to Stitches Midwest this weekend (or any of the upcoming shows that Bijou Basin Ranch will be attending this fall), be sure to stop by to see this bad boy in person and squish some yak yarn, too!
"Can I keep it?"

Project Details
Pattern: Leonarda Shawl by Laura Chau
Yarn: 2 skeins Tibetan Dream sock yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch - shown in Burple, a limited-edition colorway hand dyed by Miss Babs
Needles: US#6 Knitter's Pride Marblz Circular Needles (but I probably should have used US#5 for this project in hindsight)


  1. Lovely! The color is pretty on you!

  2. Its beautiful! and the color makes me think of my favorite Adventure Time character - Lumpy Space Princess! so a couple of wins there too.