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auburnchick
10-07-2011, 10:39 PM
(It's so much easier to copy and paste from my blog, so please forgive the length and number of pictures...although having lots of pictures of patterns can be helpful sometimes.)

I have a friend who lost her husband after a year and a half battle with melanoma. He was 35 and in the prime of his life.

I had, for a few weeks, planned on beginning a comfort shawl for his wife, should the need arise (you always have hope that the cancer will go into remission); however, Steve passed away rather unexpectedly, so I got to work a little sooner than I'd originally intended.

I even mentioned the shawl to my friend and fellow KH'er, Christina (http://blueridgeknitter.blogspot.com/) (aka Rabbitrescuer), and she found yarn for me to use with this free pattern (http://www.knittingdaily.com/media/p/14003.aspx).

The yarn is Bernat Baby Sport Solid. I asked Christina to surprise me with a color since she has oodles of the stuff, and she generously sent a skein to me in the mail…

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As soon as I received it, I got to work.

It took me about three weeks to finish it…school obligations interfered with a speedier completion.

But, finish I did, and although acrylic yarn is rumored not to have a “memory,” I blocked it anyhow. I needed to uncurl the edges of the seed stitch border.

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What resulted was a shawl that drapes nicely over the shoulders.

The sport weight yarn coupled with the size 10 needles made this a less-than-bulky shawl…perfect for nippy days.


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The style is simple but sweater-like, with seams running down both shoulder blades…

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I really wound up liking this pattern, even if I did have doubts along the way. I love the seed stitch border, and I love the arrowhead lace pattern that adorns the bottom of the shawl.

Quite honestly, I love everything about it!!

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Thanks for looking!! :muah:

OffJumpsJack
10-08-2011, 12:08 AM
It took me about three weeks to finish it…school obligations interfered with a speedier completion.

The sport weight yarn coupled with the size 10 needles made this a less-than-bulky shawl…perfect for nippy days.

Wow! I like your's better than the pictures with the pattern.

Jan in CA
10-08-2011, 12:09 AM
That's beautiful! That's very sweet of you to do that for her. :hug:

salmonmac
10-08-2011, 07:36 AM
That's a very kind, thoughtful thing to do. Your shawl is lovely, drapes beautifully, and does indeed look like a comfort shawl. Well done!

nonny2t
10-09-2011, 09:55 AM
Nathalie: This is quite beautiful and even more so because you are giving it to a friend to comfort her in her loss now. God Bless you for that. You did a fabulous job and she will truly treasure it always I am sure!!!!:muah:

Antares
10-09-2011, 12:31 PM
That is indeed a beautiful shawl. Thanks for sharing all the pictures. They are a delight to look at.

ArtLady1981
10-11-2011, 01:37 AM
How lovely! A really neat design...just "ornate" enough to be pretty, but simple enough to be handsome! Very nice!

bambi
10-13-2011, 08:05 AM
That shawl is beautiful!! It looks much better "in person" than in the pattern!

Woodi
10-13-2011, 06:56 PM
I adore it! You did a great job, and the color is indeed very comforting...to my eyes anyway.

Congratulations!