#RBTL and #CBTL are probably two of the coolest yarn-related hashtags you need to know for the second half of 2017, and if you haven’t heard of them yet, let me bring you up to speed. You’re going to need to know all about them over the coming couple of months (at least)!
Back at the start of this year my bestie Tammy started talking about creating a shawl using the illusion knitting technique and was planning on using 2 balls of Scheepjes Whirl. I thought (and said) she was nuts. What sort of crazy person would want to knit – KNIT – a shawl using two kilometres of yarn?!
Then the progress shots started appearing. At first I was all, god no. That’s two kilometres of yarn on 2.5-3mm needles. I just couldn’t process the level of effort involved in knitting such a huge project.
As the shawl started to grow I began to think, oh, maybe I could knit that. The contrasting colours of the two whirls was beautiful (and it helped that it was the two rainbow colours) and the illusion technique is just so interesting.
By the time the shawl was finished, and Read Between the Lines (RBTL) was born, I was blown away. The look that illusion knitting gives me so much pleasure. It’s hard to describe the feeling properly, but it makes me feel a bit fuzzy around the edges when I look at the way the colours sort of slide. It’s soothing, soft. I get the same feeling when I play with that magic sand stuff. The way the sand moves gives the same effect as looking at the knit. Does that make sense?
The shawl first appeared in The Knitter magazine, and it’s been hugely popular. So much so that it’s pulling crocheters over to the dark side, learning to knit just so they can make their own RBTL, but a lot (and I mean a LOT) of people started asking for a crochet version.
So it was time for the RBTL to gain a sibling!
You can see why, right?
So now I’m busy putting together colour combinations for my own CBTL. I’m torn between two Whirls (Dandelion Munchies and Dark Grape Squish):
Or combining both mine and Tammy’s Our Tribe yarns!
I think using our two yarns would be a great idea, don’t you?
Now, some details on how to get your hands on everything you need.
If you’re feeling impatient, you can download both versions from Ravelry here:
And what about the yarns? If you’re not one of the thousands of people with 15 balls of Whirl in your stash already to choose from, head to Wool Warehouse* globally, Black Sheep Wools in the UK, or to one of the many Scheepjes retailers in the Benelux. All those retailers stock Our Tribe too, so pick up a couple of those while you’re ordering!
Tammy is hosting a MAL (make along) in the Scheepjes CAL groups, and I totally recommend joining in! The English group is here, while the Dutch language group is here. There are already loads of people sharing their colourways and their progress, it’s going to be a fabulous team project!
Right, I’m off to swatch. I won’t see you again before Christmas, so I wish you all the very best, and catch you in 2018!