Oshara Shawl

I completed the Oshara Shawl MKAL, and I’m in love with the shawl!

Oshara Shawl

My joy is threefold – that the shawl turned out alright though I didn’t know what I was going to make, that my choice of colors turned out alright just brilliant, and that my slight modifications to the pattern turned out alright.

My pattern modifications were nothing big, just a few alignment and increase adjustments. Weeks 3 and 4 had sections where the left and right edges of the shawl didn’t match. They would definitely not be noticeable when the shawl is worn, but I would know! πŸ˜› (And I would not be as happy while knitting these sections.) So I moved / changed the repeats in those sections a little to make them match. For one of the sections, this would slightly mess up an increase row, and I changed the way I increase to retain the expected stitch count.


Overall, I’m ecstatic about the result. I wish I could wear this shawl right now, but it has turned out to be a wonderfully lightweight summer shawl, and summer is long gone here – it’s pretty chilly now. No worries, I can hope for a warmer day or two, and if that doesn’t happen, well, the shawl will be ready for next year.

Can I just say again how glad I am that the risk of joining this MKAL paid off! Thank you Susanna for designing such a fun and beautiful project, and Interweave for the opportunity to play along! I don’t know if I’ll work on more MKAL’s in the near future, though – my thirst for knitting mystery projects seems to have been quenched for now. πŸ™‚

27 thoughts on “Oshara Shawl

  1. It’s beautiful, the colours remind me of sunset on a warm, summer day (sorry for going all poetic here but it’s true…)!
    But yeah, I think, knowing myself and my need to control things in my life, mystery KAL/CAL would be too much for my nerves, so I understand not wanting to join another one anytime soon πŸ˜‰

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    1. The colors truly are reminiscent of summer sunsets!
      This was a good experience as far as giving up some control goes, but I guess the truer indicator would be when things don’t go well in mystery projects. πŸ˜‰

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  2. It did turn out beautifully. I can see why you want to wear it. I like your color choices. It looks very elegant! I’m afraid I bailed on the MKAL. I was going to try it, but I found out about it a week late and by the time the yarn I ordered for it arrived, it was over! — and anyway, I already had four shawls in progress already! (I did finish one this morning).

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    1. Thank you! Too bad you couldn’t make the shawl as an MKAL, but since you already ordered the yarn, maybe it could be just another knitting project? Or maybe you could just use the yarn for a different project altogether. Both are wins as far as I’m concerned. πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you! It was an enjoyable project, and I did learn to leave the strands at the back of the colorwork longer than I like so it can work much better during the blocking. Always a happy occasion when the knitter gets to learn something. πŸ˜€

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