Friday, July 1, 2016

FO Friday: Grivola Shawl

I have another finished project from Jen Lucas' Cozy Stash-Busting Knits this week (click here if you missed my review). I knit the Grivola shawl using some handspun Coopworth yarn and my Marblz Marblz interchangeable needles.
This shawl totally flew off the needles - I made it in under two weeks, and 5 of those days I didn't even work on it because I left it at home while I was in DC for TNNA. So, basically, I could have knit this pretty shawl in a week. I love how blocking this shawl made all the difference, from this:

To this:
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am a HUGE fan of the Knitter's Pride Knit Blockers. They make the process way faster, and I think my results are better because my frustration level is much lower than it would be if I were pinning out the entire thing. Believe it or not, it is much faster to use the Knit Blockers for the straight edge and T-pins on each lace point.
Also, I dig a shawl that's knit sideways, since you work up to the maximum number of stitches, but then you work back down to the amount you originally cast on - no crazy 600-stitch bindoff as you might have with a top-down shawl! The pretty lacy edge was easy to memorize, and then the rest of the shawl was simple garter stitch, which lately is my favorite.
The Grivola pattern can be found in Cozy Stash-Busting Knits by Jen Lucas; I spun the yarn using a half-pound of Dark Coopworth from Louet.

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1 comment:

  1. so beautiful, I love the texture! Those blocking pins look amazing, I'm going to get some the next time I see them in a shop (bricks and mortar or online). And I agree, knitting a shawl in that direction is great for take-anywhere knitting- increasing to the middle, then decreasing your way back down.