A Finished Shawl

I’ve made it pretty clear that I love Craftsy. Well, I recently bought a lace knitting class and have had SO much fun knitting the first pattern included in the class, Skywalker.

I consider myself an advanced beginner and am definitely daunted by complex patterns. This class was just what I needed to tackle my first intermediate lace project. The class is super fun—the instructor, Laura Nelkin, basically holds your hand every step of the way (which is exactly what I needed!).

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This pattern involves a series of different lace stitches—a great way to practice new techniques and tackle different types of lace. I used a super silky bamboo yarn, which was generously given to me from Andy’s mom a while ago, the same yarn I used to knit up this beret. I messed up quite a bit, especially at the beginning, but once I got going I sailed through pretty well!

The best part about this shawl was that it was the perfect distraction from all the packing and moving craziness. Along with my family & friends, this was truly a sanity saver!

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Here’s the finished shawl blocking—I loved seeing it expand. It almost doubled from its size on the needles and looked SO much better (like leaps and bounds better) after being blocked.

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Here’s a closer look at the stitches. You can see that I didn’t follow the pattern exactly, omitting the “plasma” stitch for others from the pattern. The border’s my absolute favorite part—aren’t the scallops super cute? These different lace patterns were definitely a challenge—but it’s so much fun to take on a project that grows your skills and confidence!

While working on this project, I’ve realized how much I love knitting lace. I think it’s the rhythm and intricacy of it—I definitely want to knit many more lace projects.

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Here’s another view. Sorry about the lighting! The other photos are much better representations of the yarn’s color.

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I just love how this shawl drapes! I haven’t worn it out yet, but I’ll be sure to post a photo once I do. This was such a fun project and I’m already scheming and dreaming about my next lace project.

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