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Old 07-03-2009, 11:10 AM   #1
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South of the Border Prayer Shawl
A couple of months ago, a friend at church gave me this pile of yarn...with the Mexican Rainbow Shawl from the Prayer Shawl Companion book in mind. We're both making shawls for our church ministry and had fallen in love with this pattern. She surprised me by buying the yarn for it!






Alas, try as I might, I couldn't make the yarn work with the pattern! The pattern is written for DK weight, and the Vanna's Choice just did not want to play nice!

So, I frogged what I had done (the center section and two of the orange sides) and went back to the drawing board...finally deciding on La La's Simple Shawl, which is a free download on Ravelry.

This pattern allowed me to incorporate each colored yarn and, IMHO, gives it a "South of the Border" feel.

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Date Started – June 22
Date Completed – July 2

Yarn – Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice:
  • Rust – 17 yards
  • Scarlet – 34 yards
  • Eggplant – 55 yards
  • Colonial Blue – 76.5 yards
  • Olive -102 yards
  • Mustard – 229.5 yards
The pattern did not specify a bind-off, so I used EZ's Sewn Cast Off. I like this bind off because it's stretchy and invisible. And it's easy (although tedious when you have 265 stitches!!).

Forgive the state of my hair. I woke up this morning and rushed to dress so I could get my daughter to take pictures before she heads to the beach for the day...hence no shower and no tamed hair (not that this is possible with living in Florida and having naturally-curly hair)...





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Old 07-03-2009, 11:19 AM   #2
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Beautifully done! The colors, stripes, and shape give the same feel as the other one. It looks great.
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Oooo! Love this! You did a great job!
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Pretty!! I really like the vibrant colors. Sure to brighten any day :0)
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It's magnificent!

And thanks for all the tips, hints, yardages, and the link for the great bind off technique!
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WOW that colors are so vibrant. You did a great job!!!
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That came out great! I work with a lot of that same yarn, easily obtained in Hobby Lobby. Wonder if I could knit myself a great big Mexican poncho the same way? Hmmmm, may have to work that out.

BTW, I think your hair looks just fine.
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Thanks Mason! You're so sweet. Fortunately, I deleted the picture that showed more of my hair. What a mess that morning!

I just did a quick google search and found several poncho patterns on Lion Brand's site.
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Those colors are just perfect for both patterns! Lovely!
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