Our spring KAL has wrapped up. We'll be launching another KAL with Nancy Lekx this fall. Details will be provided in this space, and in our newsletter.


Join us and designer Nancy Lekx in this five-week virtual KAL beginning April 15. Nancy has created a lesson plan that will be informative and inspiring. 

For more information and to register, email josette@riversideyarns.ca.
To view the free pattern on Ravelry, visit:


April 15: Garter Tab Cast-On
Many shawls begin with a garter tab cast-on that creates a seamless top edge for your piece. But some knitters who are new to shawl knitting find it a little intimidating and a lot fiddly. We’ll show you how to make your cast-on and knit your set-up rows so that you can use the garter tab for all sorts of projects.

April 22: Knitting the Lace
The skills you need to work the lace in this shawl design are:
yarnover increase
knit 2 together decrease
SSK (slip, slip, knit) decrease
central double decrease
We’ll teach you each of these techniques and show you how they work together to create the lace motifs in the Coronavirus Smackdown Shawl.

April 29: Reading Your Knitting
Continuing to work the lace sections of the shawl, we’ll show you some tricks to help you keep track of where you are in the pattern as you knit. We can review techniques as needed and help you trouble-shoot any problems you might have encountered.

May 6: Finishing
The bottom of a lace shawl needs a stretchy bind-off, so we’ll teach you a stretchy purl-wise bind-off that gives a polished finished edge to your shawl. We’ll also demonstrate ways to darn in those pesky loose ends. No knitted project is completely finished until it is blocked, and that is especially true for lace. We’ll show you how to wet-block your shawl to really show off all the work you put into that beautiful lace.

May 13: Show and Tell
The final night of the knitalong will give you an opportunity to show off your progress, and, hopefully, we’ll be able to see lots of beautiful finished shawls. We’ll also  discuss ideas for future knit-alongs.



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