It only took me about a week to make (I’ve had a few sleepless, worriesome nights that allowed me to knit a lot). The pattern is Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl. I’ve been wanting to make a shawl for a while know and I was drawn to this one for a few reasons – I wanted something simple using yarn I already have. This one is geared toward beginner lace knitters and called for yarn I had on hand.
I used Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool Quarters with size 8 needles. I followed the pattern exactly, though my gauge must have been off – I have quite a bit of yarn left. I probably could have done anothe 1 or 2 repeats. When I finish binding off, it was only 31 inches wide and 15 inches down the center. It was barely big enough to be a shawl for Ava. After blocking it grew to be about 49×22. The sample shawl in the pattern was 52×23.
It is a little small to comfortable tie so I rummaged through my collection of stuff and found the perfect solution. I pulled the tips through a key ring and slid it up until snug. Perfect! Well, except for how it looked ;) At lunch, I got the knitting bag out and crocheted around the ring with the same yarn. Perfect!
I always forget about the crazy hairline! I guess I don’t look at the back of my head very often.
This was very quick to make and the pattern was easy to remember. I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of the mini-shawl, but I’m proud of it! I did wear it to work today (and good thing – it was cooooooold!).