The story of our Juneberry Knit Along begins about five years ago when I saw Jared Flood's beautiful pattern for the first time. I loved how the lace texture was enhanced with the use of worsted weight yarn. Most of the lace knitting I had seen at this time was done with lace weight yarn and therefore very traditional looking to me.
I immediately purchased the pattern. However as I read through the pattern I was intimidated by the charts and felt my lack of experience in lace knitting would make the project far beyond my skills. So the lovely Juneberry was put on hold. Through the years I would always look longingly at it, then put it aside.
Fast forward to late summer 2015. While brainstorming knitting projects ideas with some customers, I shared my longing to knit the Juneberry. It was decided to try the Juneberry as a knit along with everyone in the group helping each other. My plan was to try to stay a little ahead of the group both trouble shooting and developing strategies make the project. When I knit I always read the entire pattern to get an overview of the project, look for repetitive patterns or stitches, color code my charts and highlight important information. This strategy facilitates an enjoyable knitting experience that supports my tendency to be a visual learner. I chose Madeline Tosh Vintage in Cobalt- a rich dark tonal blue.
All this preplanning really worked. I loved knitting my Juneberry. It went smoothly with very little error. We met weekly and everyone was pleased with both the pattern and yarn. I found Jared Flood's pattern to be so well written. The charts and schematics were excellent. I was challenged but not overwhelmed. I made my bobbles from the right side- knitting in reverse to eliminate flipping my work.(I seem to get confused when I flip my knitting from side to side. LOL)
I love my Juneberry and am so proud I can finally check this project from my "knitting bucket list".