A Shawlette

This is a small shawl that I just finished. It was all together in a kit that I bought from one of the vendors at the Knitters’ Fair in September, and so pretty that I had to cast on right away (even though I had lots of things on the needles to finish). The pattern is French Cancan, and the yarn is Zen Yarn Garden‘s Serenity DK. Wow, what a scrumptuous, squishy yarn! It’s a merino and cashmere blend, and the colour is simply gorgeous.

Here’s the finished shawl, although I haven’t blocked it.

French Cancan shawl knit by Deborah Cooke

I don’t really like blocking garter stitch, but prefer to let it do its own thing. The braid doesn’t really need blocking as the points already sit out nicely, so I’ll probably leave it be.

French cancan shawl, detail, knit by Deborah Cooke

It has a lovely crescent shape and drapes nicely over the shoulders. It takes 2 skeins – one for the garter stitch body and one for the border. I was (of course) worried about running out for the border, but I had some of the second skein left over. The finished shawl is smaller than I’d hoped, more of a scarf than a shawlette. This is funny because I saw a sample when I bought the kit, so my expectations should have been in line with reality. OTOH I’ll probably wear it more than I would have worn a shawl, because it’s just the right size for wrapping around my neck under a winter coat. I suspect I’ll be making another of these – I quite liked the pattern, and the edging pattern was easy to memorize – and maybe I’ll make a larger one.

What do you think?

5 thoughts on “A Shawlette

  1. Pretty. You remind me of the knitting I used to do years ago. I made a sweater for each of my children and one for my husband. I think my son still has the one I made for my husband. I’m going to have to ask him about it. I never see him wearing it. (Maybe he’ll give it back to his dad.) I more recently to needlepoint and have done some very nice pieces, although I never got them blocked. How pathetic is that? All those hours and virtually nothing to show for it. You inspire me to pull them back out. Maybe I get one blocked…


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