SKEINO Operetta Shawl Tutorial

Operetta tri vp

Like most knitters, I get excited when I get a chance to knit with really beautiful yarns in gorgeous colorways…and this shawl is very exciting! The Operetta kit comes with two distinct yarns – a merino/silk, and a kid mohair/silk. The two yarns work together to elevate garter stitch to something really unique.

To get your Operetta kit and follow along with the tutorial, visit the SKEINO site here.

The free pattern can be found here on Ravelry, be sure to favorite and queue!


SKEINO ships from the US, to locations worldwide.

Information on things you’ll see in the video:
The colorway I used on my finished shawl is Lilac.

The colorway I used for demonstration is Don Carlos.

The needles I used are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs.

The yarn I used in the worsted sample is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.

My pink row counter was a gift, and I have no idea of the brand. It actually isn’t that reliable. I recommend this one.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, color “Janie”.

My silver ring is actually a knitting needle gauge, and can be found here.

10 comments on “SKEINO Operetta Shawl Tutorial

  1. I got my kit yesterday and the yarn is so beautiful! But the instructions that come with it do not refer to the ‘slide yarn’ at all, so I’m glad I have Staci’s pattern from her website. And your video instructions on on the set-up really help too. Also Skeino doesn’t specify DPNs, but the need for them is obvious!

  2. Staci, I am struggling with the Make One stitches, especially in the two different weights of yarn. Is there another increase stitch I could try? Also. On either side of the 3-center stitches, the Make One stitch appears to leave a whole? Help! Thanks,

  3. Francine – you can use any one-stitch increase you like, the M1 increases are just the neatest. Please follow the video for the exact way to work the M1 stitches, if they are leaving holes, it is likely that you are working them incorrectly.

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  4. Staci, how can I block this shawl w/o a blocking board? I have a few of the small square boards that have the “teeth” on all four sides and then you can put them together in various rectangles. This work okay for the smaller things I’ve made so far, but I only have 9 squares. I’m not sure I want to buy more of that particular style since they don’t have any grids or measurements printed on them and storing them is an issue. The blocking board you recommend has been discontinued. So, until I find a different/better solutions, can this be blocked w/o a board?

  5. Sue – yes, some people put down a sheet or something over a bed, and then use the bed to block bigger items. You can also put a sheet (or towels) down on the floor, provided you can keep pets and kids out of the room.

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    • Thanks, Staci! I heard you answered this on your first podcast too—how fun! I ended up folding the shawl in half (lightly) on my blocking board and it worked fine.

      Cheers from Holtwood, Lancaster County, PA!

  6. Hello Staci – this is a lovely shawl and I would love to try it but I can’t use mohair because those little fluffy fibers aggravates my asthma. Can you recommend another yarn that does contain mohair? I understand I won’t get that lovely fluffy effect but I do love the contrast between the thin and thick yarns.

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