Monday, March 31, 2014

Knitting: A "Sampler' Shawl

Yes, I've been on a lace shawl kick! :) After I found this fantastically soft sweater at a thrift store and recently unraveled it, I had the idea of making my daughter and I matching shawls for our Easter and Mother's Day outfits.

I was inspired by a few things. First of all, my daughter has been twirling around in the other shawls I've made, begging for one of her own. Secondly, I happened to notice that this color perfectly matches last year's Easter/Mother's Day outfits that we both can still fit. (You know I'm all about thriftiness, and updating last year's outfits for a fresh look is very thrifty.) Thirdly, I wanted to use this yarn because it's so soft that I couldn't wait to work with it.

The pattern I used is designed to make a shawl that would come close to fitting Goliath's mother, if she was anywhere near his size. ;) I'm not, and my daughter is even smaller than I am. So I browsed through the projects and found a few people who had scaled back the size a bit, and I followed their lead. This still turned out a lot bigger than I expected, but not too big for me.

This is a closeup of the beginning of the shawl (section 1 is called stars and section 2 is called blossoms) ...

... the middle of the shawl (leaves) ...

... and the edge of the shawl (called owls, but you have to look at them upside-down to see the owl faces; at this angle, they look like fox faces to me).

I can't even begin to tell you how lovely this is in person. It's even nicer than it looks in pictures, and it's so dreamy soft.

This was a pretty fast knit - it took me four days.

You can view my detailed notes on my Ravelry project page.


Shoregirl said...

Beautiful! It looks so soft and feminine!

Evelyn Hender said...

Oh it's beautiful!! Gorgeous lace work. I need to get more confident reading lace charts so I can have a go at it lol

CathieJ said...

Oh my goodness, that shawl is a show-stopper. You are quite a talented knitter. I found you on A baby's smile. You have a great blog.

Chrisknits said...

Beautiful!! What a lovely accessory it will be.