Blocking shawls

I love knitting shawls and I knit quite a lot of them. To me, they are a lot of fun to knit and also essential items in my wardrobe – year round. Even after dozens and dozens of shawls, I still marvel at the magic that blocking does to the finished items. And how much the shawls usually grow in size during the process.

When I was blocking my Jovial shawl, I decided to film how I do it and make a blocking tutorial. You can view it on the Lina Knits YouTube channel.

Also check out Jovial on Ravelry! This light and playful shawls is perfect for experimenting with different color combinations. I knit mine to be spring and summer shawl using Canopy fingering by The Fibre Co., a blend of alpaca, wool and bamboo, but you can use a woollier wool, too!

Great knitting patterns for spring

Here in Finland, and elsewhere in the Northern hemisphere, the warmer months are ahead of us. With the rising temperatures, it’s time to pack away the thick, winter knits. And bring out something more suitable for spring. Not forgetting the mornings and evenings can still be cold!

Here are some Lina Knits patterns that are perfect for spring:

All of these – and more – are available in the Lina Knits Ravelry store!

A cozy shawl for cold weather

Cozy up with this warm shawl! Snow Lantern was inspired by and made for snow days. Or just dreaming of them. Double seed stitch, cables and plenty of fun bobbles… There’s texture upon texture in this triangle shaped shawl knit out of worsted weight wool.

I know bobbles can be a bit intimidating, so I made a video tutorial for them on the Lina Knits YouTube channel. So if you’ve never knit bobbles before, check it out!

A new shawl for autumn

I'm so happy to be sharing this pattern, Cloud Shadows, with you! Once I cast it on, I was not able to stop knitting. Just one more stripe... one more lace repeat... and the shawl was done sooner than I thought it would. And I had enjoyed every stitch! My test knitters have enjoyed this pattern a lot, too, and some are already knitting their second ones.

And what’s not to love? Color play, stripes, garter stitch, a bit of easy yet pretty lace… This shawl has got it all!

You'll need two colors of fingering weight yarn: 366 m / 400 yds of MC and 183 m / 200 yds of CC. I used Old Maiden Aunt Superwash Merino 4 ply in Seen the Ocean (MC) and Dreich (CC) to knit mine. Check out the projects on Ravelry to see what my test knitters used for more ideas

Have fun choosing your colors and cast on! The pattern is available on Ravelry.

Happy knitting,

Garden Delights pattern club

Welcome to the first Lina Knits pattern club, Garden Delights! As delicious as their baked counterparts, all patterns in the Garden Delights club are full of summer fun. They are easy to knit and easy to wear. All designs use just one skein of fingering weight yarn.

The club contains three single skein shawls, released one at a time, on the 15th of June, July and August. All the patterns are exclusive to the club for the duration of the club. You can join at any time from today until the end of August.

The first pattern: Cherry Cake

The deep, dark red cherries speak of warm days. A baker has to be speedy in picking them, as the birds love the berries, too. Just as its baked counterpart, the Cherry Cake shawl is traditional and full of summer fun. 
Cherry Cake has an elongated triangle shape. The eyelet patterns in this one-skein shawl maximize the yardage and bring lightness to the fabric. The two halves of the shawl aren’t exact mirror images, bringing a bit of whimsy to the design.