a look at the biggest shawl I’ve ever made and the smallest shawl I’ve ever made
Happy Friday, bilingwools! Today I wanted to share with you a look at my Grenache Shawl. This was the biggest shawl I’ve ever made (so far), measuring in at 92″ wide by 43″ tall! I purchased the yarn from a local yarn store and knit this up in January/February of 2020. I have gotten a lot of use out of it so far this year, and I cannot wait to wrap up in it as the temperatures drop.
The pattern was incredibly well written. I found it on Ravelry for $6 (USD). This pattern calls for Berroco Summer Silk yarn, however I used King Cole’s Cotton Soft DK in the shade 782 Silver. (Though the color is named “silver,” I found the yarn to be more of a light sky blue.) This 100% cotton yarn is so perfect for constant wear close to my skin. I do not recall how many balls of yarn I used for this project. I believe I used either a size 7 or size 6 circular needle for this shawl.
The lace pattern was easy to remember and easy to knit. This was a great project for teaching me how to read the knitted work I’ve just completed in order to inform how to work the current row. The pattern provided both a chart and written instructions to follow for the lace repeat.
To create the “V” shape of a shawl, this pattern instructs to first make a garter stitch triangle, bind off, and then pick up stitches around the perimeter of that triangle, thus creating the V shape. I thought this was so clever! If I were to make this again, however, I would size down a couple needle sizes for the garter stitch triangle, because it fits more like a hood or generous collar than I’d like.
I wet blocked this shawl as best as I could. I was most interested in flattening out the border, which has a tendency to ripple.
Almost done, left, and blocking my mammoth shawl on my mats and craft towels, right.
Towards the end of this project, I had over 400 stitches on my needles!
Modeling my finished shawl. It hits below my knees in the front! I love it.
Then, once I finished my shawl, I had some yarn left, so naturally I made a tiny shawl for my teddy bear that I’ve had since I was young. This is officially the smallest shawl I’ve made!
My teddy bear, Groovy, modeling her new shawl.
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Have a safe and fun weekend. Until Tuesday, happy knitting!