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by Ashtan Albright May 19, 2020

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We love this incredible, wearable hug of a shawl, which Ashtan Albright knit and we enjoyed her account of the process even more. It might be just the motivation you need if you're not sure you can knit lace. Whether you use a beautiful indie dyed yarn like Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock or a more affordable basic, like Rauma Petter, and let the focus be your stitches, you can make something amazing. Please note if you're at work or have little ones reading over your shoulder that this post contains some swearing.

You know how sometimes you get these little ideas that pop up in your head? Just a small, wee thing that you think would be lovely to have.

Like maybe you have some worsted weight yarn just lying about the stash that you think would make a nice shawl... and you think "hmmmmm... maybe if I pick a fingering weight pattern, I'll have a nice cozy shawl that I can wrap up in. It won't be THAT big."

Famous last words, Ashtan.

A white woman in a purple flora dress with long blue hair stands in an autumnal forest. Her body is facing the camera and she is gazing towards the right upper corner or the frame. There is a large white Orchid Thief shawl/cape over her shoulders.

Some of you may recall when I did my shawl-a-month project back in 2017, I kicked things off with Orchid Thief. And you would have thought I learned my lesson after that turned into a yarn eating monster.

That was for the first go.


Yep.

Had five balls in the stash, four were usable, and I had to go out and buy four more. I had to tap in to the 8th ball just for the bind-off, which took THIRTEEN FRIGGIN GRAMS of yarn alone.

A white woman in a purple flora dress with long blue hair stands in an autumnal forest. She is facing away from the camera with her arms outstretched showing how large her Orchid Thief cape is, it is wider than her armspan and nearly reaches the ground.

And yes, it's a monster. The central spine was 54 inches long while it was blocking.

For context, I'm only 63 inches tall.

Yeah... this thing is a bloody cape.

A white woman in a purple flora dress with long blue hair stands in a autumnal forest. She is facing away from the camera with her arms outstretched showing how large her Orchid Thief cape is, it is wider than her armspan and fills the frame.

But you want to know something amazing?

This only cost me $23 in yarn.

Close up of a white woman in a purple flora dress with long blue hair stands in an autumnal forest. She is wrapped in a large white Orchid Thief cape.

The original four balls I got for $2 a piece when Pat Catan's was going out of business.

The other four were $15 total from Michaels because of coupons.

This is just Patons Classic Worsted Wool. Nothing super fancy. But it still looks AMAZING.

I've been thinking of doing a few other shawls with more affordable and accessible yarn options just to show y'all that you don't have to put a bunch of money into a project to make it look good.

A white woman in a purple flora dress with long blue hair stands in a autumnal forest. She is facing the camera with her arms outstretched showing how large her Orchid Thief cape is, it is wider than her armspan and nearly reaches the ground.

And don't give me any crap about how you can't do lace.

You CAN do lace. You just need some confidence and concentration.

Close up of white woman in a purple flora dress with long blue hair stands in an autumnal forest. She is facing towards the camera wrapping the a large white Orchid Thief cape around her shoulders.

As for me, I'm going to curl up in this thing and start my next project.

I'm thinking a nice lace weight, beaded project.

A white woman in a purple flora dress with long blue hair stands in an autumnal forest. She is facing the right edge of the frame with her arms wrapping her Orchid Thief cape around her shoulders, the cape nearly reaches the ground.

Y'know, just a simple, palette cleanser project.

graphic with images of the orchid thief shawl and the text "inspired? knit your own orchid thief shawl buy pattern now"

Ashtan Albright

Ashtan might just be a knitting witch with her seemingly magical ability to produce lace shawls that are huge, fiddly, and done in a ridiculously short amount of time.

Find her at:

Blog: https://blackgoatknitting.blogspot.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackgoatknitting/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlackGoatKnits



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