Throw In A Bit Of Mystery Shawl With Some Tips!

~Remember my mentioning that fellow bloggers just lead me into temptation? Well, because Peacefully Knitting has mentioned being in a KAL for a Mystery Shawl I though ,”What fun!” and coerced Barb into  joining the Fall 2012 Mystery Shawl KAL. Funny thing, when I joined I found it was the same person who sponsored the last mystery shawl I did about 5 years ago! At least for this project the pattern is free and I had the yarn and needles, so cost = $0!

I have finished Clue 1 and this is what it looks like so far:

I have a few tips for knitting lace and adding beads:

1. After trying many markers, I found they were all to “heavy” for lace weight yarn. So I make markers out of embroidery thread. They’re “light” and don’t weight the yarn down.

2. I like a smaller sized bead with lace weight yarn. None of my crochet hooks fit through a size 8/0 bead. I know other people use the stiff dental floss, I don’t like it. It is perfect for threading my Baby Loc though. Instead, I cut the end off of a beading needle. Really easy with wire snips. I also do a small snip to the other end to blunt it. See how nicely the needle opens? You can trim the needle shorter if you’d like.


A. Open the wire and slip through the stitch:

B. Pick up the bead.


C. Pull the bead down the wire and the stitch.

D. Place stitch back on left-hand needle.

Now your ready to knit the stitch with the bead.

Lastly, I use a pdf app which allows me to mark up the pattern. This helps with reading. This Mystery Shawl only has charts, so I make notes on the chart. This is my Toshiba tablet and I use the RepliGo PDF editor. You can see how I’ve marked the number of stitches on the chart. Also / = k2tog. If this were a written pattern, I’d block differ areas and fill with color. (Yes, you can see my reflection.) When I use the iPad, which is technically Hubs, I use GoodReader. Neither app is free, but well worth the money!


I have to go on the record saying that I really do not like knitting with lace-weight yarn! Peacefully Knitting and I agree on that point! But, I did go through a period 5 years ago when I was in a lace frenzy. As a result, there is plenty of lace-weight in my stash, so…….

Oh, I hear my California Towhee in the back chipping at me. Time to go out and throw some seed at him.





5 thoughts on “Throw In A Bit Of Mystery Shawl With Some Tips!

  1. Q – Thank you! I’ve done a bit of knitting with beads. Another stash – beads!. When I knit wristwarmers I string the beads onto the yarn and then bring each bead into position when necessary. All the shawls and scarves I’ve knit use the “crochet hook” method, which this is a variation of. Try it! Warning: Knitting with beads is addictive!


  2. I am in awe when I see your work. I only knit Aran garments and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to knit with such fine yarn Amazing work for sure

    Love Chrissie xx


    • Q – I LOVE Aran. When I was a young mom, I decided to knit an afghan made up of Aran blocks. I wanted to try out a variety of stitches. And how did that turn out you ask? The blocks are safely tucked away waiting for me to assemble. 😎 I’d love to see your garments!


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