Wednesday, 28 August 2013

A Sensible Shawl - Jane Austen Knits


I finished this shawl a couple weeks ago and now that it has been recieved by its new owner, I can blog about it!  This was a request from someone I've worked with before (I made these mitts for her last year) and I was thrilled to have an excuse to buy a couple issues of the Jane Austen Knits magazine which I've been eyeing for some time!


The pattern is "A Sensible Shawl" (Ravelry link) by Celeste Young and it was really, really easy.  Once I figured out the first couple stitches of the border pattern, anyway.  This shawl has tabs and ties - it's intended to wrap around the body and tie so that it stays on by itself for hands-free wearing.  You start with one of the i-cord ties, which moves right into the first tab, which flows into the body and border (knitted simultaneously) and then back to the second tab and tie.  And then you're done!  No seaming, and since I used 100% wool I could splice the yarn together as I added in new skeins, so I only had two loose ends to work in when the knitting was finished.


It's nearly all garter stitch, but the border saves it from complete and maddening boredom.  I probably wouldn't knit this one often, but it was a nice restful project and perfect for times when I didn't have a lot of mind-power to spare for my knitting.



(Photos by my sister, who has deserted me and gone off to college!  I guess I need to find a new photographer....)

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much, I LOVE my shawl. I look forward to damp cold days here in Oregon, sitting in my sewing room piecing quilts with my beautiful warm shawl! It is perfect Gillian!

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    1. I am so glad you like it! I enjoyed making it for you :)

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  2. I need help with the Vandyke border on this. I know it should not be so difficult, but I have ripped out many times already. I can't "see" the pattern as I need to. I need to have it explained differently than the chart. Can you please help? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Katrina, I'm sorry I never responded to your request! The comment slipped by me somehow and I only just now saw it. I hope you've found someone to help you with this by now and are wearing your shawl already, but if not, please let me know and I'd be happy to assist!

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