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Camp KIP New Mexico Sunrise Shawl
February 8 2011
April 9 2011
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Camp KIP New Mexico Sunrise Shawl
Daybreak by Stephen West
Needles & yarn
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1,188 yards = 3 skeins
Knit Picks Chroma Fingering
2 skeins = 792.0 yards (724.2 meters), 200 grams
Knit Picks Chroma Fingering
1 skein = 396.0 yards (362.1 meters), 100 grams
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February 2011

For a full photo of this shawl, more about Camp KIP (and about knitters in general), visit here. Camp KIP was held at Cedar Creek Conference Center in New Haven, MO.

This is an easy shawl to knit. I labeled it as “medium” difficulty because I had a difficult time starting it since I had never knit a semicurcular shawl. Also, I was unfamiliar with how to knit make-ones on the purl side. KALs help! It really is easy once you learn.

Note: The is a KAL in the WestKnits group here and as of April, 2011, there is also one in the Camp KIP group.

The pattern Color A (which forms the top, the vertical lines and the brown between rows) is Bittersweet Heather. In person, the brown is a little lighter than it looks in the photos.

The pattern Color B is Mesa -- a verigated yarn in self-striping, Southwestern colors.

My oldest daughter lives in New Mexico, and I love the colors of a New Mexico sunrise and sunset. This is what inspired me to knit these colorways.

Update: April, 2011: I brought this shawl to Camp KIP and finished it there. I will always think of it as my Camp KIP Shawl. I loved working on it -- Stephen West is a genius in his designs.

Thanks to a suggestion from Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast, I used a Russian bind-off. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who knits a Daybreak.

Note: I made the large shawl, and I needed TWO skeins of Chroma in color B -- actually, one full skein and a then a few extra rows left for skein 2 of color B. I highly suggest that you order more than you think you might need.

I should add that I found two knots in my first skein of color B and one knot in my second skein of color B.

No biggie: The first two knots, I was able to work it into the wrong side of the shawl. The third knot was on the cast-off row and would have caused a bump, so (with thanks to a suggestion from friends) I tinked back a little bit, cut the yarn to get rid of the knot and then knit to finish (as if adding a new yarn).

I hope this makes sense If not, write me.

The original pattern has the shawl rounded on the botton, without the tips. Mine blocked better by adding the tips to each vertical-line point.

This was a VERY satisfying shawl to knit, and I loved working on it.

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70% Wool, 30% Nylon
396 yards / 100 grams

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  • Project created: February 8, 2011
  • Finished: April 20, 2011
  • Updated: September 1, 2011