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Grenache Shawl by Alison Green for Berroco

a look at the biggest shawl I’ve ever made and the smallest shawl I’ve ever made

I loved knitting this lace pattern

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.

The initial garter stitch triangle
I usually fold this over to make a collar when wearing

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.

a closer look at picking up the stitches of the initial triangle, and the “spine” of the shawl

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!

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