Silly me, I latched onto the Dreambird pattern as soon as I saw it.
|Photo: Nadita Swings|
Pretty bird! The designer started a KAL and offered the pattern at a reduced price until the end of February. I couldn't resist. I downloaded it and paid all of 3.50 EUR. No biggie, right?
The pattern was originally written in German, I believe. Then it was translated into English, French, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, etc. Thankfully, the designer speaks English rather fluently, but with the weird quirks that come from learning English as a second or third language. Some of the original English-speaking KAL members are frustrated and some have dropped out. I am now patiently waiting for a promised pattern update that will decipher the pattern's now infamous turn-by-turn instructions. The designer is very responsive, and I do believe she will address all issues.
My simple beginning has turned into the elephant in my knitting bag, demanding attention, yet I'm trying to ignore it in favor of finishing the Evenstar shawl, at least until the pattern update is released.
Swing knitting aficionados are enamored with the use of pins to mark the turns in their work. These can be especially important when creating the more complicated swing pieces you may have already seen popping up on knitting websites and in magazines. For the Dreambird, they are not especially critical, but they are a good introduction to the use of pins to mark the German short-row turns.
My humble beginning: