CH 20: Spring Shawl and Sweater Knitting

Curious Handmade PodcastToday I’m talking about what’s in the WIP including starting my sweater project, the simple life and events.

Welcome to new members to the Curious Handmade Ravelry group and thank you to farfromharmfarm, techknit and firebrand55 for introducing themselves on the group.

I also announce the winners of the London Underground Tea Towel giveaway from Episode 18.

What’s in the WIP?

Designing a shawlette

The March pattern for the Dream Big collection is coming along nicely.
I’m designing a spring influenced shawlette in Juno Fibre Arts Alice 4ply.

Juno Fibre Arts is having a big shop update of some stunning Alice 4ply on Thursday 27 March.

I’m honoured that Asti from JFA has written a beautiful post  about my latest design, the Frangipani Shawl and gives some gorgeous suggestions for colour combinations for the shawl

(I thought it was 21 March so I mention the wrong date in the episode but you will have more time to have a look so its all good!)

Juno Alice yarn

Juno Alice 4ply in Boudoir and Potpourri || Image credit: Juno Fibre Arts

Self Indulgent Sweater for Squam

I’m knitting  Aislinn  by Amy Herzog for my next sweater project.

I talk about preparing to start the project, choosing the best size to knit, knitting a gauge swatch.

Question for this week is do you swatch and what motivates you to swatch?

I refer to Amy’s book Knit to Flatter and her companion Craftsy Knit to Flatter course.

The Simple Life

I did a bit of decluttering in the stash and wonder what you do with your left over yarn from projects??


There are exciting plans afoot for a podcaster meetup at new UK yarn event Unwind Brighton in July

I’ve posted details about my Paris for Yarn Lovers trip in May and please have a look at the video in the post. I’m ridiculously pleased with it!

And A Game!

Join in the Virtual Curious Knitting group on Instagram. Post a photo of where you are listening or what you are knitting while listening to the podcast and tag your photo with CuriousHandmade and add #curioushandmadepodcast in the caption.

(You will need to download the Instagram app on your phone and join up if you haven’t already)

More To Explore


Learn all the essential skills you need to start knitting stunning handmade shawls with the FREE Spindrift Shawl Pattern and Online Workshop

Magazine Covers with Helen Stewart on it and a knitted shawl wrapped around her neck and shoulders