The Pointers is my design contribution to the #titsoutcollective, which means that 40% of what you pay for the pattern goes to Women’s Refuge New Zealand.

I’m thrilled with how this came out – it’s fun, quirky, bold and has an edging with attitude.  Colour choices can make this shawl your own (and with a format specifically designed to support bold colour choices and strongly speckled yarn, the sky is the limit).  I can’t wait to see what you make with this pattern; so to help you on the way, here are some videos to get you started.

Introductory Video

First off, there’s an introductory video.  It shows the shawl and is basically me being chatty and explaining what’s in the subsequent videos.  There’s a bit of useful information tucked in there about why some of my testers used lifelines and the knitted on edging, so I’d recommend watching this one to pick up those tips!  It’s less than 5 minutes, so hopefully you can bear with my chatting for that long.


Basic Techniques Video

Next up, as I mentioned in the introductory video, there’s some basic techniques that I think a lot of intermediate knitters will be familiar with.  This covers the following:

  • Garter Tab Cast On (00:03) – bear with me, I am *not* good at knitting in front of a camera, where I can’t put my knitting in front of my face to peer at where I’m sticking my needle when picking up stitches.  Basically, it takes me a few goes to get it picked up correctly and the needles come out of the frame a bit.  I will hopefully get better at knitting on camera as I get a bit more practise!
  • Standard Increases: kyok, M1R, M1L, double yo (05:56) – shows how to make these on a swatch.  I also show how to work into the double yo when you come back to it.


Intermediate Techniques Video

Okay, here’s where I start covering the techniques that are quite specific to this design.

  • Increases Over Interesting Stitches (00:03) – how to do the M1R and M1L when you have yarn overs from the previous row.  (Watch out, there’s some increases over interesting stitches in the woven dots section as well!)
  • Woven Dots (02:08) – a bit of guidance on the tension and how to work the woven dots section.  This also covers how to do the M1R and M1L stitches over the woven stitches, this is around the 5:30 mark.


Lifelines Video

And the last video, which is a bit of a peripheral technique that my test knitters recommended covering, is lifelines.  In this case, proactive lifelines in case something goes wrong.  Here’s the video for that.


I hope these videos have helped you with the techniques in this design.

Happy knitting!