Challenging Knits or Mindless Knits?

Do you manage stress better with mindless or challenging knits? I’ve been contemplating that. But first, we have a new service to offer you.

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Mindless or Challenging Projects?

I’m in the mood to start a big project (seems like a good time), and I started thinking – do I want something that is mindless so I don’t have to think about it too much? Or do I want some challenging knits to keep my mind occupied? (Or do I need one of each? That’s pretty much what I decided. Ha!) I thought I’d share some of the projects I was contemplating, in case you’d like to knit along with me. (All designer photos copyrighted, and have been used here with permission.)

I love Dee O’Keefe’s patterns. They look interesting to knit and beautiful to wear. As I was compiling my list to share with you, I ended up with four of hers on the list of a dozen! Here are some options that caught my eye:

Usonian ©Dee O’Keefe (2 colors fingering weight)
Cascade Heritage SilkUncommon Posh FingeringKnerd FingeringFibre Co Canopy Fingering


Quaking Aspen ©Dee O’Keefe (1 color worsted weight)
Uncommon Lush WorstedCascade 220Stonehedge Shepherd’s WoolMalabrigo Rios

Quaking Aspen Challenging Knits

Tendrilly ©Dee O’Keefe (1 color DK weight)
Uncommon Merino DKFibre Co LoreSandnes Garn Smart/Peer GyntWollmeise DK

Tendrilly Challenging Knits

Fallston ©Dee O’Keefe (2 colors fingering weight)
Cascade Heritage SilkUncommon Everyday SinglesWollmeise PureFibre Co Canopy Fingering


Here are more beautiful options:

Bitterblues Wrap ©Erin Kurup (2 colors fingering weight)
Cascade Heritage SockUncommon Posh FingeringMalabrigo Sock

Bitterblues Wrap Challenging Knits

Suburban Wrap ©Joji Locatelli (3 colors fingering weight)
Dream in Color Smooshy CashmereJulieSpins Silky 435Uschitita Merino Sock or Merino Singles

Suburban Wrap

Dream Lake Shawl ©Julia Decker (2-4 colors DK weight, depending on size made)
Malabrigo Dos TierrasMalabrigo CaprinoSandnes Garn Smart/Peer GyntFibre Co LumaUncommon Merino DK

Dream Lake Shawl Challenging Knits

Out of Darkness ©BooKnits (1 color laceweight)
Malabrigo LaceWollmeise LaceDream in Color Jilly Lace

Out of Darkness Challenging Knits

Milk Thistle Shawl ©Nat Raedwulf (1 color sport weight yarn)
Walcot OpusCascade Superwash SportFibre Co Road to China LightWollmeise BlendRosy Cheeky Joy

Milk Thistle Shawl

Above the Woods ©Katrin Schneider (1 color DK weight)
Uncommon Merino DKMalabrigo Dos TierrasMalabrigo CaprinoSandnes Garn Smart Peer Gynt

Above the Woods

Gratitude ©Marie-Thé (2 colors lace weight)
Malabrigo LaceWollmeise LaceDream in Color Jilly Lace


Bradway ©Shannon Cook (3 colors worsted weight)
Cascade 220Stonehedge Shepherd’s WoolBlue Sky WoolstokUncommon Lush Worsted


Or check out these patterns on Andrea Mowry’s website: 

Wildwood Shawl (fingering weight, try Uncommon Posh Fingering)
Baubles Shawl (fingering weight, try Uncommon Everyday Singles)
What the Fade Shawl (fingering, try Uschitita Merino Singles)
Goldfinch Shawl (sport weight, try Cascade Superwash Sport).

Several of the Loopy Elves are wanting to do a Goldfish Memory Knit a Long (because they see our in-store sample every time they come to work!) This one is mine, but I’d like to make another. So if none of the above patterns catch your eye, maybe you’d like to knit Goldfish with all of us? It takes 3 colors, fingering weight yarn, 1 skein of each (400 or more yard skeins). I used Dream in Color Smooshy Cashmere for this one. It would also be beautiful in Uschitita Merino Singles or Merino SockUncommon Posh Fingering, or any one of our indie dyer fingering weights in multicolors and speckles.

Goldfish Memory

Next week I’ll share some beautiful sweater options with you. Again, with some mindless options and some challenging knits. Somehow wrapping up in handknits (whether it’s a shawl, a wrap, or a sweater) just makes me feel better.

Stay safe and healthy – 

Sheri (and The Loopy Ewe Crew) 


  1. I just have to tell you, I went toRavelry to put Usonian in my favorites and it was ALREADY in my favorites, plus my note said “this designer has a lot of lovely shawls.” Ha! You are so right about Dee O’Keefe and it was a great reminder that I ought to knit some of her patterns. Like Usonian. 🙂

  2. Lovely collection of shawls! For me, the hardest pattern to find is one that uses variegated yarn but two skeins of it. Hitchhiker is a go-to but how many times do I want to knit one?

  3. I like mindless knits when life gets stressful. I appreciate the simple patterns to give my brain a rest. I sits and I knits!

    Thanks for these lovely examples.

  4. I always have a couple of each on the needles. Mindless is great when I’m tired or for social knitting. Challenging is great when I need to calm or organize my thoughts. It’s amazing! I get focused on my challenging project and the solution to a problem pops into my mind!

  5. Thank you for all the lovely shawl inspirations! I think I have some great ideas for the next knit, I seem to flip flop between wanting something challenging and wanting the rhythm a mindless knitting

  6. I like both kinds of projects. It just depends on how much time I have to focus on a project. Thanks for reminding me how much I enjoy knitting Dee’s patterns. Her Jimi was a perfect mindless knit (may have to make another one) and I have a Quaking Aspen WIP in Rios Sabiduria that is my primary knit right now. Promised myself I would finish 5 WIPs before casting on anything new. Two down and three to go. 🙂

  7. Beautiful shawls! I almost always have a challenging and a mindless project on the go so I am prepared for any situation.

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