Shawl time

I was already enjoying the Forest Canopy shawl as I was knitting it. For real, I was only halfway through it and already thinking of what shawls I was going to make next, what other lace projects I’d filed away for “someday” in my knitting brain. Then, I blocked it. Yes my friends, blocking lace really is the most fun you can have with yarn and T-pins. I present to you my first lace shawl:

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A few of my knitting friends have been working on this pattern lately, and when i realized it could be done with sock yarn, and that I could use the 2nd pair of skeins of Socks That Rock that I purchased at Rhinebeck (in the lovely semi-solid Jasper colourway, no less), I was sold. I cranked this out in about 2 weeks, and then inexplicably let it sit there for another week before blocking it.

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The astute and experienced among you may notice that I didn’t quite get to a full border – I only managed 4 of the final border rows instead of 8, as I ran out of yarn. And indeed, I ran out of yarn after getting 80% of the way through the bind-off. Clearly, this is an indication that I over-shot and should have stopped 1 repeat short and done only 17 instead of 18 repeats of the main pattern. But you know? It totally works. Nobody who has examined this shawl has caught the 12 inches of substituted yarn I pinch-hitted the final bind-off with, and dudes, I call that a win. I have Kate’s yarn to thank for being the right shade.

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I like that this pattern is easy to ‘embiggen’. Although it’s possible to complete the pattern with only a single 350-400 yd skein of fingering weight yarn, it’s pretty easy to just keep going and do more repeats until you feel like you’ve gone far enough. The finished size is about 78″ across, which is pretty much perfect for me (I’m 5’9″. Big comfy shawl, please). Great for wrapping around my shoulders in the heavily air-conditioned theatre on Friday night.

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The STR Mediumweight makes this a less ‘holey’ knit than it is perhaps intended to be, and I probably could have gone up a needle size (I used 5.0mm) without trouble. Still, I call this a win and freely admit that there will be more shawls this summer. Shawls Ahoy. Summer of Shawls. I’ve got the patterns stacking up in my mental queue and have but to choose.

Lace knitting. Why didst I forsake thou for so long? Good thing I finally found you.

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28 responses to “Shawl time

  1. I canNOT think of why it took you so long to embrace the joys and magic of lace shawls! :^D
    ‘Tis a real Stunner and is more than lovely on you!

  2. Lin

    Its beautiful Glenna, thank goodness you managed to finish and didn’t have to tink back. I had a similar thing with lack of yarn with my last lace and was lucky too!

  3. It is beautiful. I love the colour.

  4. There now lies the road to (lace) madness. You have been warned…

  5. The shawl is beautiful! Yet another wonderful thing to make with sock yarn–I’ll have to remember that!

  6. That’s gorgeous!

  7. Love the colour, thats gorgeous

  8. mariajhmom

    Yes! Another lace addicted knitter. It’s all I want to knit lately. Yours is absolutely gorgeous. What’s next???

  9. ladyoctavia

    Bea-u-ti-ful!!!

    (Yeah, glad the yarn worked)

  10. That is gorgeous Glenna!

  11. Kai

    It’s simply gorgeous! And the colour is absolutely stunning. I’m still working up the courage to knit ‘proper’ lave with actual laceweight!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous!

  13. Lace knitting is addictive.

    Very pretty shawl. I love the colour.

  14. You enabler (again)! I’ve never had an interest in knitting lace largly because wearing things full of holes creeps me out for some reason and I just don’t like the feeling of lace weight yarn in my hands – its too sharp feeling or something and here you go demonstrating that lace can be done with fewer holes and sock yarn!

    The shawl is gorgeous! ‘Can’t wait to see what your next project is!

  15. that is stunning! the perfect way to show off that yarn!

  16. Wow, that’s gorgeous! My knitting group is doing a Summer of Lace KAL. I have so many projects I want to knit, I’m having trouble deciding which one to do first! Now I have another one to choose from. :)

  17. Pretty. And flawless. Mine is full of flaws. But I’ve made my peace with it.

  18. Lovely! I think it looks amazing (and your background pic scenery is so pretty too).

  19. It looks beautiful on you … great color!

  20. Love it! It’s neat to watch lace bloom from a blob into something beautiful, isn’t it?

  21. Moggle

    Ooh that’s beautiful.

  22. It is beautiful. I’m just a sometimes lace knitter, and this pattern might make for one of those times.

  23. Love your shawl I have this pattern but haven’t made it yet! I love that yarn.

  24. Ann

    The shawl is so lovely & I love the color too. I share the same feeling with you about knitting shawls as I have also just finished one & enjoyed it tremendously.

  25. Meg

    Aw man. You’ve totally ruined it for me. if I ever see you and the shawl in person, I won’t be able to take my eyes off the last 12 inches of mystery yarn. Jeez. Thanks, Dr G.

    I’m on a lace shawl kick now. I’m halfway through Elann’s Luna Moth. It’s frightfully easy. I’m using my first ever hank o’ Malabrigo. It feels lovely.

    Your shawl is beautiful. Perhaps that’s going to be my next lace shawl.

  26. Oh it’s beautiful and I share your shawl love!! Once you’ve made one, I think you’re a bit hooked!! It looks gorgeous!!!