Cast On Mania Day 4: Fiber Optics Paint Box Shawl

Fiber Optics Paint Box - shawl start

Day 4 brought some creativity.

I knew I wanted to use my Fiber Optics Paint Box but I wasn’t sure for what.  I tried several shawls – Now In A Minute, Lintilla and Baktus – but none were right for just 450 yards.

I had 2 requirements – garter stitch (I love how it looks with a gradient yarn), and a sunburst shape.  I couldn’t find anything that fit so I made something up.  I’m still not sure what I want to do with the edge but I have a ways to go.  The pic above shows 3 of the 15 colors in the paint box.

All those mini skeins do have a downfall though – lots of ball winding.  Cute little mini balls.

Fiber Optics Paint Box - wound

But it doesn’t mean lots of weaving in of ends!  Enter the Double Knot – or Magic Knot.  I found this on the Fiber Optics blog and it really does work!  I’ve woven in exactly zero ends so far.  Can you spot the knots?  I can’t.  Watch the video.  I can’t believe I’d never heard of this technique before.

I’ll catch you on the purl side.

4 thoughts on “Cast On Mania Day 4: Fiber Optics Paint Box Shawl

  1. Ah, this answers my question about the shawl on flickr. :)
    Thanks for this video link. I definitely need to try this in the future!

  2. I am in love with your paintbox yarns. The start of the shawl is beautiful. I’m going to enjoy watching this one progress.

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