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Shawl's the rage

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It is finally springtime in Baltimore and knitters are turning their attention to some lighter weight projects. Knitting a shawl is ideal for this time of year. For the most part, shawls do not involve any sewing and are done in one piece.

Shawls can be worn on cool evenings, or as a fashion accent any time. Because the springtime patterns are generally lighter weight, they are nice to knit as the weather gets warmer. No one wants a heavy afghan laying in his or her lap while knitting this time of year. Of course, the way the weather has been lately, we could still get snow.

Fans of lacy patterns with lots of yarn overs will rejoice as many of the shawl patterns have lacy designs. Others may pound their fists in frustration. Some patterns are in chart format and others are written out. Either way, they can be a little confusing, especially if there is a challenging pattern.

Even though it is hard to admit, some people have trouble with lace. If you are easily confused by yarn overs or lacy work, try to use a lifeline to save you from ripping out too much of your knitting. Still confused? Check out this video on lifelines.

Many shawl patterns are available online inexpensively or even free. All Free Knitting has three lightweight shawl patterns. Noble Knits has nine patterns that are all lacy.

There is plenty of time to get a few shawls completed before the end of the warm weather. Shawls make wonderful gifts for yourself or others.

Spring is a time for regeneration and growth. Get out of your comfort zone and try something different this spring. If you make a lot of shawls, attempt one with a more challenging pattern.

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