A Finished Shawl: My Favourite Creation

It’s been a while since I posted a finished object.

As I explained before it’s been difficult what with knitting primarily being for commission and therefore not appropriate for this blog. Thankfully I happened to be wearing my favourite knitted shawl out to the dog park today and had brought my camera along to take pictures of our gorgeous puppy. Since Van promptly leapt into the muddiest puddle he could find, I used the camera to take pictures of the shawl.

It’s made from Cascade 220 and is the Brandywine Shawl from Ravelry.


It was a pleasure to knit. The scalloping was a lot of fun once I got the hang of it (I’m a little slow sometimes – I thought I was doing it wrong because there was so much reverse stockinette. D’oh) and the smocking… oh, the smocking.

Let me be clear: I LOVE the smocking. I love everything about it. I love how it looks, I love how you do it, and most of all I love the word. Smocking. Smock. Smocking.


I get a lot of compliments when I wear it. On Thursday I bought a shawl pin for the first time ever since my coworker wondered why I was using one of my knitting needles to hold it on and thought I’d better get past that amateur stage and take shawls seriously. Apparently shawls are a thing I wear now.

This shawl is my favourite thing I’ve knitted so far. It was fun to do and it’s fun to wear, too. It’s versatile in a way I didn’t expect. Honestly, I expected to cast it off then gaze at it for a while before storing it away somewhere but nope, I’ve worn it lots. I wear it at work around my shoulders with my shawl pin and I wear it like a scarf when I’m out and about. It’s wonderful and I love it.

Did I mention I’m a bit fond of this one?

Oh, and for those who are wondering… yes, there were other dog walkers around while I was taking these photos and yes, they laughed at the crazy lady taking photos of a scarf hanging off a tree.

I don’t blame them. I would have laughed too.


23 thoughts on “A Finished Shawl: My Favourite Creation

    1. Thanks! Yeah, smocking is super fun. Do you do the poke-through-and-pull kind or the cable-needle-hanging kind? (If that makes even a lick of sense!)


  1. Somehow that looks a lot different than I remembered that pattern looking. Maybe there’s more than one shawl out there with that name. Anyway, you’re right, it IS stunning. And very cozy looking too.


    1. I don’t know if there’s more than one shawl, but yeah, I think the colour of the yarn changes the effect of the pattern quite a lot. And thank you!


  2. Beautiful F.O.!!!

    Don’t worry, you’re not the only knitter who finds herself in public taking pictures and being misunderstood by non-knitters. LOLOL! 😀


  3. I just checked it out on ravlery. I thought it was really wide but no. Non the less it is quite beautiful. Is it made so that you can keep repeating the pattern to make it wider? I’m not that versed in knitting but I’d like to try.


    1. It’s pretty wide! I made the second biggest version I think? It’s wide enough that I can wear it as a scarf wrapped twice around my neck, and it overlaps a lot when I pin it as a shawl.


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