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Fast & Easy Wedding Shawl


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I needed something light and pretty to cover my shoulders for a nephew's wedding. My dress was electric blue and I had nothing suitable. So, like any respectable knitter, I made something. The knitting went fast! There were 2 reasons - large needles using an open stitch pattern AND a looming deadline. The wedding was in 1 week. When it was done (just in time for the wedding), I wasn't sure whether it was a shawl or a cape. I was sure that it was perfect with my dress and just the right weight to keep me comfortable in the evening. I decided to call it a shawl for convenience, but you can call it a cape, a wrap, or whatever suits your mood! GAUGE not critical for this project SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Neck - approximately 24" (60 cm) Length - approximately 20 inches (50 cm)

Supplies Needed

  • US Size 9 (5.5 mm) needles
  • US Size 11 (8 mm) circular needles, at least 24" (61 cm) length
  • Approximately 510 yards (475 m) Worsted or DK weight yarn

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My mom and grandma instilled in me a love for making things. I remember learning to knit from my mother when I was about 7. I made the most awful slippers imaginable - misshapen and ugly, but I wore them until they were no longer wearable. Those ladies taught me so much more than crafts, even as they were using crafts as examples. Do your best. Finish what you start. Take pride in what you do. Don't waste what you have. I've been making 'stuff' ever since, and feel that I honor them by continuing the traditions of hand-crafting. I did get better at making 'stuff' as I grew up, and never forgot the lessons or those ridiculous slippers. My suggestion: whatever else you do, go to your knitting bag and make stuff!