Shawls Totally Work for Summer

Even in wool like this one. It was warm when we took the pictures and I felt fine (except for when M had me face the Sun and I had to try not to squint but that has nothing to do with the wool). And when the temperature dips down a little in the evening, it’s nice and cozy.

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The pattern is Lacustrine by Ysolda Teague. I adore her work. This shawl was a lot of fun to knit. Lots of short rows going this way and that, highlighted by eyelet rows.

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(Sorry for the rumples. I realized just yesterday that the modeled pictures didn’t really show the way the short row wedges and eyelet rows play together. I snapped a few pictures right then and there and didn’t have the time to smooth it out properly.)

The stitch patterns are simple, garter, stockinette, and a few eyelet rows. The short rows are what keeps it interesting. Interesting but still great for tv knitting. As the instructions said, the pattern is very forgiving of miscounts in the long short rows. I don’t think I ever miscounted but I wouldn’t even know if I did.

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The shawl doesn’t have a truly triangular shape. Or even one I could name. I tried to block it with a straight top edge and a curved bottom edge but you can kind of see where the shawl disagreed with me. The top edge just wants to curve up at the center and there’s a little bit of a bump right at the bottom of the triangle wedge. I’m thinking I just didn’t block it aggressively enough. I didn’t have enough space to block it as big as I could. I have no carpet and no spare beds to take over. I need more of those interlocking mats.

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The wool is from Scotland, I think. When I hold it up to my face, it has a strong sheep scent that I truly enjoy. I know it isn’t for everyone. I certainly wouldn’t wear eau de sheep. But I like sheepy wool. It reminds me of my shawl’s origin. There are two shades of natural sheepy beige, with the darker one along the bottom. It’s a very subtle difference so don’t worry if you don’t see.

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Anyhoo, the wool came with the pattern. If you’ve clicked the pattern link, you’ve seen that it’s from the 2017 Ysolda club. Like I’ve said before, I admire her patterns. I probably wouldn’t have joined the club if it has been just patterns though. But every season, I get yarn that Ysolda selected. I think she actually designs the pattern after having chosen the yarn.  That’s what did it for me. To get 4 yarn/pattern pairings from her during the year. Yarns I would never have tried otherwise to go with patterns meant for them.

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I have the second pairing waiting for me right now. Gotta finish another project first but after, I’m digging into this beautiful Irish wool and making fingerless mitts and a hat. It’s going to be the perfect project for Summer travels…

Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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2 comments on “Shawls Totally Work for Summer
  1. Charity says:

    I love the eyelets, and the subtle change in color! I tend to overheat easily so I haven’t tried wearing a shawl even in winter, but I love how it looks!

    • Thank you! I don’t do well with heat either. The low 70s are my sweet spot. More than that and I start sweating! Even with the Summer heat, the air conditioning in some places can be a bit much. A nice wool shawl helps a lot even if it doesn’t completely cover me. Honestly though, it’s the rare Summer cool down that requires a shawl.

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