Over the past couple months, I’ve knit 3 shawls as part of my #52weeksofknits resolution. I wanted to wait and share them all in one post (okay, more like it took me forever to block them and weave in ends once I was done). Either way, today is the day I share them! Thanks to my sweet Mom for the impromptu photo shoot!
First up, the first shawl I (ever) knit: Range by Andrea Mowry. Grey is my favorite color (that’s probably obvious by now) and I love how it pairs with purple. I chose Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted in Aran (off-white), Grey Heather, Charcoal & Spiced Plum. I’m very happy with my color choices, except that I wish the off-white was more of a pure white. It still looks beautiful as is, though. I had one skein of each color, and didn’t use all of any of them.
Other than having to wait a week for a replacement when one of my needles broke (ugh), I had no issues knitting this! The pattern is written well, which is par for the course for Andrea’s designs. I particularly enjoyed the brioche and ombre tweed sections! The colors seem to melt into one another, producing a beautiful gradient effect. This may not be one I keep for myself; I have someone in mind that it will suit perfectly, though it will be difficult to give up!
The second shawl was a result of a frantic “what the heck to do I do with this gorgeous single skein of sport weight yarn?!” Ravelry search. When I came across Reyna by Noora Laivola, I was sold! 1 – it’s free and 2 – it’s beautiful! After unraveling almost an entire sock I had knit with this yarn (that was turning out way too big), I got to work on this pattern. Man, this thing went fast! The sections are easy to memorize and I enjoyed learning the construction. After a good soak and block, the lace sections really bloomed & I’m super happy with the final product.
The yarn is Miss Babs Yummy 3-Ply in an old Babette called Verrassing. This is one of my favorite yarns I’ve ever purchased and I think this pattern showcases it beautifully! I was afraid of running out of yarn, so I made the last mesh section a little shorter. Then I realized I had more than I thought, so the last garter section is slightly wider than the pattern calls for. I have enough leftover that I probably could’ve done another row or two, but didn’t want to risk it.
Finally, we have my most recent completed shawl – Bradway by Shannon Cook. Shannon is another of my favorite designers, and this shawl is just a textural work of art. Incorporating garter, twisted rib, and stripes (my favorite!), it has plenty to keep you interested. I knit this up in just a week! Weaving in ends as I went was also seriously satisfying. If you don’t already, I highly recommend it! When I got to the end, I just had two (yes. TWO.) ends to weave in and it was ready for a bath! The only modification I made was to cut the very last (border) garter section short by one repeat so I didn’t run out of yarn.
During The Plucky Knitter‘s last update, I purchased a 3-skein mystery kit in Trusty on a whim (because, you know, Treat Yo Self!!). This means that Sarah and Hayley, the girls over at The Plucky Knitter, chose 3 colors for me. I have to say, I’d never choose these colors for myself but I’m in love!! They did such a fantastic job! I think they’re the perfect match for this gorgeous shawl pattern. The 3 shades are Ogre (the green, of course), Shindigger (a gorgeous turquoise) & Milk Maid. I’m surprised I love these colors so much, but this is actually my very favorite of the 3 shawls!
I should mention that I cast on Marley by Andrea Mowry as well, but was very unhappy with my colors, so I frogged it. From the 5 or so increases of it that I knit, I know I love the pattern! I already have a gorgeous pair of Madelinetosh colors to cast on a fresh Marley shawl & I can’t wait!
Shannon Cook’s Amberle is already on the needles and cabinfour’s Farmhouse is also on the horizon. It’s safe to say that I’m totally addicted to shawl knitting. And I’m totally okay with that!
What are your favorite shawls to knit? I’m always looking to add to my ever-expanding Ravelry favorites 🙂