A million years ago I remember that every woman I knew over a certain age had a shawl of some kind. Some were wispy bits of lace and fringe, some were gorgeous hand knit confections that just begged to be stroked. Over the years as we moved away from handmade wardrobes they seem to have fallen away from popularity. In the last 15 years or so I have mainly seen them at fancy occasions when a coat would be inelegant.
Recently they have come back into fashion as a Boho expression of style. As a new knitter I tempted fate with the first shawl, an easy granny square triangle in a silk wool blend that I picked up from a shop we visited on a trip last summer.
I have worn it at the beach on windy days, on my deck in the chillier evenings, and once to a party with a linen shift dress. I have even recently kept in next to my bed to cover my shoulders as our evenings have gotten colder. I love it. The pattern is from this blog . I was not brave enough to do her edging but it would take it to another level for sure.
Next came this beauty knitted in Bamboopop cotton/ bamboo fingering. Its a beautiful cream/ brown/ gold combo called Beachy Keen that looks divine next to tanned shoulders. My local yarn shop has addicted me to this light airy yarn. The pattern is Marquise from Premier Yarns .
Its my first foray into lace work. Don’t look too closely at the spine! But it looks glorious on. My only change from the pattern was an icord bind off to give the hem a bit more oomph.
Of course I needed one more in the same yarn and pattern in blues and greys (also Bamboo-pop from Universal Yarns in Frosty Morning) !
I have worn these to the grocery store, on errands, in restaurants to stay warm in frigid air conditioning. I wandered a bit south to town to check out a small yarn shop in downtown Portland Maine and came away with a couple skeins of Juniper Moon Farms Zooey Linen/cotton yarn. The colour is Luscious. No really, thats the name.
This one is very light and perfect for summer days. I can safely say I can do this pattern in my sleep now! I blocked them on my clothesline with a gazillion pins. They grew just enough to be medium sized. If I can make these as a beginner there is no reason you can’t as well. Just take it slow. Did I mention what fab gifts these would be?
These beautiful wraps came out of a natural progression to move my wardrobe to entirely memade items. I have to say that having handmade items made from better quality materials feels good and makes me feel more confident. I think the only item that I most likely will not replace with slow fashion is my shoes and boots. But at least I am making even conscious purchases there as well.