Finally one of my "secret" knitting projects can be shown. This is the shawl I whipped up for a friend who lost her mother. The minute I heard, I knew that I would knit her a shawl. This friend is a knitter from New England. She understands the healing power of wool.
A quick trip to the Sew & Quilt [and yarn] Shop, a couple of hanks of Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky and I was good to go. The first time I finished it, it was too small. I ripped it out and re-knit it on bigger needles. The new size was good but boring. Another trip to S&Q some knitting, some ripping, more knitting & a little crochet and I had a border I liked. She loved it. I am so glad.
The pattern itself was so simple as to not merit a "real" pattern.
So here it is, easy peasy:
I used three hanks of Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky & US11 needles, but this pattern would work with any yarn. Just remember to change your needle size to match your yarn.
Cast on 7 stitches
Row 1: Knit front & back, knit to the last stitch, knit front & back.
Repeat row 1 (increasing in the first and last stitch) until you are happy with the size. Remember to leave yourself enough yarn to cast off.
Cast off using Judny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off
PIck-up stitches along sides and bottom
Now, you have two choices,
knit two rows and end with a picot bind-off
or you can do what I did:
using a corresponding crochet hook, crochet two rows and end with a picot edging.
Weave your ends & you are done. I did not block it, but if the bottom curls, you may want to.
I started the first one at dinner on Thursday and finished it at dinner that Saturday. The second took longer, but mostly because I had less attention to give it. Even then, it only took a week.