Shawl's Well That Ends Well

Project Description

What are you most proud of? That I stuck with it! Surprisingly, this pattern's lovely simplicity lulled me into the sense that I didn't need to stay focused! Untrue! And this really frustrated me as I had foolishly chosen to use a smaller needle size for a denser look. I'm happy with the way it turned out, but my final stitch count was 211 to the pattern designer's 170-something. But I love how versatile this piece is (now that I'm finished!). I was really hoping to finish a few lighter projects in the face of all the "start your Christmas knitting now!" emails I keep getting. You can pry the last of my Summer knitting from my cold, dead hands! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't underestimate the concentration needed to not muck up a pattern consisting of ssk and k2togs. Also, start off with long fringe. Mine's likely still a little too long, but I'm glad I didn't rush this last little step. There would have been tears if the finished project seemed faulty. Also... embrace that colour! Okay, I'm very much a digital filter victim in the photos I published (hey, a gal likes a little pixel pick-me-up every now and then), but this is a lovely, vibrant tourquoise that will likely make me think of summer in the dead of winter. And trust; on the 53 parallel north, you take sensory reminders of sunnier times where you can get them come January...

What you will need

  • 100% cotton yarn: roughly fingering weight
  • 5-ply (literal
  • not weight) and knitpro circulars on a 100cm cable.
  • US 8 / 5.0 mm / UK 6

Q&A with immisceo

Cara Michelle asked:
Absolutely stunning! Both the photos and the shawl is of professional quality. I agree, when I let my guard down, I usually make the greatest amount of mistakes.
immisceo answered:
Thanks so much! This little shawl has gotten a lot of wear since I finished. I'm learning it's nice to have a few rough-and-ready cotton pieces in the mix that can happily deal with the washing machine if need-be.