View Full Version : Suggestions needed

07-16-2006, 12:00 PM
I want to knit a shawl for my friend to replace her scarf in the winter which she uses in her under-heated office. Knowing you are all great minded knitters out there, I would like you to make some suggestions(eventual decisions) for me.

Help me pick

1) type of yarn?
- Debbie Bliss alpaca silk or 100% silk
- Malabrigo
- Angora of some type

2) weight of yarn?
- worsted is what I have in mind, but please give me some suggestions for other weights suitable for a nice shawl

3) pattern?
I don't have one in mind, but I want my friend to have a beautiful elegant design

Thanks ! You are the best.

07-16-2006, 02:29 PM
Well, it all depends on your friend's preferences, I'd say! If you want something for warmth, 100% silk might not be the best, though it'd be beautiful! :inlove: Malabrigo has some fans on here, I know. ;) Worsted would make for a quick knit, but lighter weight yarns in a lacy pattern would be very impressive. Knitting Pattern Central has lots of free shawl patterns (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/shawls_stoles.php) you can peruse. Cozy and Clapotis on www.knitty.com are very popular and not too difficult patterns.

07-16-2006, 03:21 PM
I think you cannot go wrong with KnitPicks Andean Silk - it's inexpensive and knits up great! I just made myself a basketweave sharf - (a shawl/scarf kinda thing) hehee yeah I madeup that word!


07-16-2006, 03:24 PM
I'm working on this shawl (http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/shawls-shrugs/feather-and-fan-comfort-shawl.htm) right now. I'm using it to decrease my stash :oops:, so I'm using a combo of cottons, acrylics etc. The pattern is easy too! :thumbsup:

07-16-2006, 05:04 PM
Oh, I LOVE shawls...I have the patterns and yarn for several...I believe these will be fall projects...but, some of mine are flower basket lace shawl (http://www.fibertrends.com/viewer/V4_shawls.html) with dk wt wt merino; leaf lace shawl (http://www.fibertrends.com/viewer/V4_shawls.html) (perhaps bamboo, I'm not sure), VK ruffles shawl (http://www.vogueknitting.com/exclusives.shtml) with lamb's pride; and my fave (I think) Lady Eleanor entrelac wrap (http://www.knitpicks.com/books/books/itemid_30529/books_display.aspx#) with Noro's silk garen :cheering: :cheering: Boy, I need to get busy!
Oh, and there's the lovely Cozy (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTcozy.html) :thumbsup: