A Simple Shawl

Sometimes our favorite things are the simplest in terms of composition.  This little lacey shaped shawlette is the perfect example.  Pattern is found in Cheryl Potter’s book here.

First I combined two flavors of lace weight yarn; one strand of an orchid color tencel and one strand of Lavender Sheep‘s  Hand dyed Alpaca Lace in the Truffle colorway.

Then begin knitting and decide its a “do-able combination.   By that I mean, this was made for my Mom’s birthday, so it was with her in mind.  Mom loves my little shawls , loves light weight things, and loves purples and pinks, so we’re good to go.

And so we knit, and knit, and we’re about half way there.  Man, for such a little thing, this feels like its taking forever.

I  begin the special shaping parts.  Are we almost done yet? And we knit and we knit, and then we do the shaping on the other side too.  And we knit.

Finally!  Its done.  Never mind that I’m weaving in the ends while Mom is on her way over on the afternoon of her birthday to pick it up.

Its done!  Above is the obligatory “artsy styled” photo.

Here’s how it might look while being worn.

The purpose of the shaping is to create  longer, shallower shawl tails, that can be draped in a multitude of ways.

Its a really nifty little trick, whereby you cast off 15 stitches in the middle for your neck and then “shape” the tails from either side.  I really like the effect, and will definitely make another one!

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