Shawls are popular in the knitting world if nowhere else. It’s always something that’s baffled me considering how little people wear them unless they’re handmade; why is it the shawl that makes knitters flail about in a frenzy trying to knit as many as possible?
There have only been two times until now that I’ve decided to give in to that particular brand of peer pressure. Both times I took the rebel’s route – yes that’s right, they’re crocheted. I bought some gorgeous orange yarn from the Sanguine Gryphon and made it into a Small Talk Shawl which for some reason lost to antiquity is named ‘Rave Spider Shawl’ in my projects. Yeah, I dunno.
As you can see I totally failed to make it into a shawl. I sewed up the edges and made it into a shrug. I was a newbie back then though who forgot to account for the fact that certain types of yarn tend to grow when they’re worn and seeing as I was in the process of shrinking myself due to IIH, we inevitably parted ways.
The other shawl I made was Eva’s Shawl. It’s a beautiful pattern for its simplicity; it is the same three rows over and again resulting in a highly adaptable pattern perfect for long colour repeats which usually I dislike greatly.
Seeing as my local yarn store had some King Cole Riot on sale and I’d been eyeing up the weird colours in it for a while, I made another one that I finished over Christmas. This one’s a bit larger and is perfect considering I’m always cold, though I’ve found it almost impossible to wear when I’m surgically attached to the hoody my girlfriend bought me at the Grand Canyon.
In all honesty I still don’t see the appeal of shawls to the point of obsession in the knitting world. They were once a functional and easy-to-make warmth-provider but we’re past needing that now. All I can think is that it’s the perfect way to showcase fancy skills and elaborate stitches and I can see the appeal of that although I tend towards simpler projects.
That said… I just signed up for a mystery knit-a-long for a shawl. Tune in next week (or next freaking year considering my posting tendencies) to find out more about that.
- FO – Mystery Shawl 2013 (sageyarn.wordpress.com)
- Finished crochet flower lattice shawl and more listings for Folksy (bamcraftsblog.wordpress.com)
- Time to think about me (daftthoughts.wordpress.com)
- Pineapple shawl (grippingyarns.wordpress.com)