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October 29

Completed: A Cozy Grey Shawl

I just completed my Sugar Maple Shawl in time for the chilly autumn we’re having here in Chicago.

I used Malabrigo Worsted (Aran weight) in Polar Morn for my shawl.  It’s a dove grey, but it has undertones of lilac and it was such a dream to knit with.  With constant use, I fear this shawl will pill- but so far it’s wearing great.

The ruffle section is what took me so long to complete.  Being new to shawls and lace work, it’s customary to pick up stitches around the border of the main section.  Well… we’re talking over 300 stitches to pick up for the ruffle, 325 to be exact.  I had to use 2 circular needle sets, one a 28″ length and the other a 36″ length.

Being the crazy gal I am, I knit this during the commute – the whole 5 and a half feet of it.  The main lace pattern took 1 skein and the ruffle took nearly 2 whole skeins of yarn.  That’s how long and dense this little 4″ ruffle truly is.

It’s so cozy warm!  While I’m using this as a shawl at work, it could work as a wide scarf too since it has the same rectangular shape, not triangular like most shawls.

So far it’s stayed over my shoulder, but I think I may hunt for a shawl clasp so I’m able to secure it.  I was just gonna go look on etsy.  Do you guys have any specific recommendations on that score?

To Conclude:

This shawl is versatile & cozy.  I’m happy to finally have it completed after working on and off for 2+ years.  But now I’m going to have to find another airplane project – one I can take anywhere and stop/start anytime.

P.S.  A few more photos on my Ravelry Project Page.

  1. TinaD / Oct 29 2013

    The sellers at the Ravelry shops have some nice silver- and aluminum-wire shawl pins as well. (No affiliation, I just happened to be looking at them the other day)

  2. Kelly / Oct 29 2013

    This is perfect for chilly offices! That ruffle must be unbelievably dense! It’s just lovely!

  3. Rosie Wednesday / Oct 29 2013

    This is beautiful!

  4. Michelle / Oct 29 2013

    Liz! It’s GORGEOUS! I love how you can wrap yourself in it like a wearable blankey for your shoulders. Would you believe, I’ve never knit a shawl? I don’t think I have the patience for it. I really didn’t consider the possibility of knitting with a worsted weight yarn.,,, hmmm… tempting. All your train knitting paid off! It’s splendid.

  5. Lauren / Oct 29 2013

    Dang, girl, this is BEAUTIFUL! Awesome job!

  6. gMarie / Oct 29 2013

    love this shawl. Polar Morn is one of my all time favorite colors. g

  7. erin / Oct 29 2013

    It’s so pretty and lush and those ruffles are the best part of the shawl, so they are worth knitting those 300 plus stitches :)

  8. Sarah / Oct 29 2013

    So pretty!!!!

  9. Erika / Oct 30 2013

    Lovely shawl! You are such an inspiration to learn how to knit properly! I’ve always thought of knitting as more of a “practical to carry around”-craft than sewing, but envisioning you knitting that on the commute has made me rethink =)

    Also; I’m very late to the party here, but I wanted to say a huge congratulations on the house! It’s beautiful just as it is (seriously, when I first saw the photo I thought “Omg, they’ve found the ultimate dreamhouse!”), and I’m sure that with time you and Felix will discover what renovations are truly needed to make the house utterly perfect for the both of you.

  10. Camilla / Oct 30 2013

    Gorgeous. The pattern is sooo pretty.

  11. Kristi / Oct 30 2013

    It’s so gorgeous!! How on Earth did you ever block that thing?! Did you use a bajillion pins for the lace, and did you block the ruffle somehow??

    I’ve only ever seen shawl pins in small yarn stores, or online at knitpicks. I’ve always got my fingers crossed that I’ll come across a fabulous shawl pin or brooch while thrift-shopping, though haha

  12. Vicki Kate / Oct 30 2013

    Ooh, that is beautiful and looks so warm!

  13. Linda / Oct 30 2013

    What a lovely shawl! I’ve been looking for a wrap/pashmina to wear for a wedding in November. For some reason, even though I’m a pretty good knitter and a rather lousy sewer, I was thinking of buying some nice fabric, embroidering it (I thought sashiko might be nice), and then hand sewing a rolled hem. Thank you for reminding me that I could knit one way faster than I could sew one.

  14. Debbie / Oct 31 2013

    This looks so warm and cozy. I love the color, and the ruffles!

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