Before I went on holiday I wrote the post “It is meant to be.” The shawl that I was knitting is all finished. Knitted, blocked and end weaved in. I LOVE it.
This is my swatch.
We had a very long car journey (6 hours or so) and I did not want to waste a minute so got started with the swatch. It is a very important part of the process although Libby (the designer) had said that she thought that most people would not bother with a shawl but I was going to do this ‘properly’.
I say do it properly but I didn’t want to spend the time wet blocking so I gave it a good tug, let it settle and measured this (Sorry Libby). Yes it was all on my knee but I had a lot more quality knitting time ahead of me in the car.
I also took the opportunity to practice the cross over pattern that I had not done before, which was just as well because I got it completely wrong!
I didn’t read the (very clear instructions) properly which I put down to doing it in the car!
The first bit of the shawl was all garter stitch (one of the reasons as to why I was keen to get going whilst in the car.) It shows the variations in the colour of the yarn really well. It also makes the project a great one to take out and about. I went on to take this project onto the beach and was able to take part in conversations whenever I was doing it.
The criss- cross pattern done correctly 🙂
Once you get onto the cross over pattern it is still not difficult (as long as you get it correct;)) but it does require a bit more concentration – I had to look at what I was doing whereas I didn’t for the garter stitch.
Once finished the magic can take place!
Before blocking – please note that the foam blocks that I am using are small. I had to go out and buy bigger ones to fit it onto.
After a soak in water, a gentle dry within a towel and pinning out this is what you get:
I think that the transformation is amazing. I just know that I am going to get LOTS and LOTS of wear out of this.
Look at the little points on the end.
an amazing shawl
I loved knitting this and I love the end result even more. A real win – win 🙂 The good news is that you can get your hands on this pattern TODAY here, or if you fancy your chances and waiting for a bit then I have 1 copy of the pattern to give away thanks so much to Libby also known as Truly Myrtle. All you have to do is leave a comment below and I will randomly choose a winner on Saturday 6th September.
A huge thank you to Libby for giving me this opportunity.
Good luck and enjoy.
PS: Joanne I have not deserted you, I am currently working very hard on your project 😉