Nicole Thomas Knits

A Random Act of Kindness by Nat Raedwulf

*Note: this review was initially published on my little seed knits blog on January 15, 2019.

Pattern Review

I discovered this pattern on Ravelry when searching for a shawl pattern for a heavier weight yarn. Most shawls tend to be knit in sport or fingering weight yarn. One of the great thing about Ravelry is you can search for patterns for specific types and weights of yarn. 

Not only did the lovely stitch pattern catch my eye on this one but I loved the messaging behind the meaning of this shawl. The designer hopes the shawl is used to spread kindness and warmth, which I thought was such a lovely thought. Also, the designer donates part of the proceeds of her pattern sales to charity and offers a pay-what-you can rates for people who feel they cannot afford the full price. While the price of the pattern was not unreasonable to me (only $8), I do think this is a very nice gesture, helping to make knitting patterns more accessible to all.

Love getting started on a new project

The Yarn

I used SweetGeorgia Superwash DK, a 100% superwash merino wool in “”Gelato””. These yarns are hand-dyed in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

I purchased two skeins of this yarn from Wool on William, a local yarn shop in Oshawa, ON, only because they were beautiful (breaking the cardinal knitting rule by not having a pattern in mind). This is what started my Ravelry search. When I realized it was the right weight and right amount for this shawl I was so happy!  

SweetGeorgia Superwash DK. Love the colour of this yarn!

The Pattern

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Techniques used: cast on, garter stitch, yarn over (yo), knit in the front and back of a stitch (kf&b), knit in the back of a stitch (ktbl), knit two stitches together (k2tog), picot cast off (instructions included in pattern)

This was a really lovely knit. It was detailed enough with the eyelet pattern to keep me interested but simple enough that it was quick to knit. It was so nice to work on a simple lace pattern that didn’t feel like it took forever to knit. It probably took me just under one week of regular knitting to finish. And, as I normally do with lace items, I didn’t end up screwing up and having to frog the whole thing! 

The picot cast off (pictured below) was a new technique for me to learn which I always love! Learning a new stitch that looks harder than it actually is, is pure knitting joy to me! As I mentioned above, the pattern includes instructions on how to complete the cast off plus YouTube is a great resources as well if you’re more of a visual learner.

My only real complaint (which isn’t really a complaint as much as it a personal preference) was that it didn’t feel long enough; at about the halfway point in the pattern I didn’t think I had enough shawl before the bind off so I added a few more repeats of of the body pattern in one section. Instead of 6 repeats, I did 10 as was done in the previous section. I don’t feel it changed the overall finished item too drastically but it just added a bit more length, which I like. The nice thing is the pattern is written well enough to be adjusted to suit the knitters preferences in this area.

Extra rows added to body pattern in the last section

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this knitting pattern! Not only is it a beautiful garment to knit, the pattern is straightforward with minimal details to remember and there is great meaning behind it as well. Head on over to Ravelry to purchase your copy, support this great artist and the cause she supports with this pattern. 

I would absolutely knit A Random Act of Kindness shawl again; I’m already thinking of what yarn to try next! I was thinking of giving this one away as a gift but I like it too much…. it may just find it’s way into my own closet.

Update June 2019: It did end up in my closet! 😛

Have you tried this pattern? Do you have a favourite shawl pattern? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 

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