Camp Loopy July Project Cast On

Nothing clever about that title.

I started my July project for Camp Loopy. As I mentioned before, the theme for this summer is science. This month I have chosen a zoology project. The requirement is that your yarn or pattern be in some way zoological and that your project contain at least 600 yards of yarn.

The pattern I’m knitting is the one I mentioned earlier, Syyslaulu by Heidi Alander. The yarn is Uschitita merino singles in the cry wolf colorway.

I was drawn to this shawl for two interwoven reasons: it has miles of garter stitch and it has a lovely lace section that comes at the end. The shawl is adaptable for the amount of yarn you wish to use so that is another plus. I want to be able to power through the garter stitch and savor the lace. I’ll be able to increase either section depending on how much time I have as we approach the end of the month and how much yarn I have remaining. I’m beginning with 800 yards.

The yarn is a finer fingering weight than the socks I just finished. The pattern called for a 4.5mm needle which seemed a little bigger than what I would normally use with this sort of fingering weight. So I went down to a 4mm needle. Looking at what I’ve done it seems good: it has a bit of drape but not gaping holes between the stitches. So far I like it.

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15 Responses to Camp Loopy July Project Cast On

  1. Love it! At first glance it looks like it could be chain mail!

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  2. Evelyn says:

    What a fun challenge! I like how you met the requirement with the name of your yarn.

    I like garter stitch as much as the next guy, but my sister has me making one of those 30″ diagonal baby blankets in garter and it just goes on FOREVER and uses up SO MUCH YARN! I just passed the half-way mark and am on the decreasing rows, but it sure feels like drudgery to me. Hope your scarf is way more fun!!


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    • I used to think garter stitch was ugly (sorry to say it) and looked very beginner but after watch video of Elizabeth Zimmermann and hearing her talk about it I love it. It’s warm and stretchy. It had a squishiness that stockinette doesn’t have. It really makes a beautiful baby blanket.


  3. Emma says:

    I’m in the botany lab this month, so I’ll wave at you from down the hall 😁

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  4. Lovely pattern. I checked it on Ravelry and it’s free! Even better. Might check out my stash for the right yarn. Good luck!

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  5. That much garter stitch would drive me nuts! Glad you enjoy it. Do you think maybe you’ll go up that bit of needle size when you get to the lace? Have fun –

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  6. AJ says:

    Oh I can’t wait to see your progress!

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  7. ReginaMary says:

    Hey, save the creativity for the needles! That’s going to look Great. Good choice.

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  8. Beautiful yarn! That’s a great pattern – can’t wait to see yours!

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  9. Stefanie says:

    Glad this pairing of yarn and pattern are working out to your satisfaction.

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  10. Olivia says:

    You have such beautiful even stitches

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