Kashmiri Shawl

My Kashmiri Shawl is now done! The shawl is a pattern from Lana Jois, to which I’ve made very minimal modifications to better suit the yarn and my preferences.


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Ever spent ages trying (and failing) to capture in pictures just how lovely you find your project? I keep thinking the pictures just don’t do justice to the shawl. My poor sister spent quite some time modeling for me. πŸ™‚

The shawl is exactly as long and wide as I’d wanted it. My yarn turned out more than sufficient, even when I’d thought earlier that it would get mostly used up, and I’d underestimated the row gauge then. I kept weighing the used-up and remaining yarn at various points in the project to ensure that I won’t fall short. I have a little ball of it left now, and it joins the growing pile of scrap yarn that I don’t know what to do with.

I think this will be a shared shawl, since my mom and sis like it too. It provides enough warmth on a cool day in temperate climate, or, of course, in an office with the blasted air conditioning on. (Guess I’ll wear it to work next week, then.)

Kashmiri Shawl - blocking

I’m always thrilled with how blocking provides a neater finish to a project, especially a lace project when the eyelets and the pattern open up, and the stitches settle better. This project was no exception, and even the wonky left decreases that always catch my eye seem to have evened out a bit now.

I’ll probably be knitting more shawls than sweaters for the time being, since the yarn that we ordered for my sister’s shawl arrived just when I was about to finish the current project – talk about timing! For the new project, I’ll take some elements from a pattern for a tunic. I’ve just started on a swatch, and I’ll probably have more to talk about the project only in my next post.

Meanwhile, check out the lovely color of the new yarn, and tell me about your projects!

New yarn!
This is a greenish-blue yarn, and I swear it looked green last night!

15 thoughts on “Kashmiri Shawl

  1. The shawl is stunning! No wonder that there seems to be a queue to wear it πŸ™‚
    And I love the colour of the new yarn, looks like the sea here!

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    1. Thank you! I don’t know about a queue though – these projects somehow usually end up being worn only by a single person, so this is probably a knit that I should repeat for the folks. Surprisingly, I don’t mind knitting it again!

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        1. You know, I was thinking the same thing – I would actually not mind knitting just one of the patterns all the way through. It could be your next shawl, then! πŸ˜‰


  2. Anita, that shawl is amazing! I bet it is so soft, too. The pattern is beautiful and the color is perfect for just about any outfit. Blocking really does put that final finish on a wonderful project, making it outstanding! I have started the infamous Wingspan shawl and have only been able to force myself to do 4 rows and 2 short rows so far. I am so afraid I am going to mess it up. I know once I get going on it I will be fine. It’s just getting to that point. I do struggle with getting the perfect photo. Your sister is a trooper! LOL

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    1. Thank you, Ginny! Yes, my sister is such a dear. πŸ™‚ The yarn is denim based so it’s a bit rough, but definitely comfortable. I can imagine the trepidation involved while knitting the Wingspan shawl, but I know it’ll turn out gorgeous when done! I’m definitely looking forward to your updates on it.

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  3. Beautiful finish, looking soft and warm!
    I sometimes skip the blocking process but it is true , makes big difference, looks very neat and gorgeous. I have a good sized bag of various color scrap yarn as well and those become quite useful when I want to add little embroidery stitches to my knit 🧢 πŸ˜‰πŸ’«

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    1. Thank you, Ellie! I didn’t mind not blocking cabled projects, but when I started knitting lace and had to block the first of those projects, it was an eye opener. It does look gorgeous and makes you feel really good about knitting your project! πŸ™‚
      Embroidery stitches on knitwear is a lovely idea – I’ve imagined adding them on some of the stuff I knit but never really did it. πŸ™‚ I imagine it would work really well on plain stockinette stitch sweaters (which is something I don’t usually knit.)

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