. . . . or Why I've Grown to Like Knitting Wraps and Shawlettes
A few days ago I was rushing out of the house without having had enough time to pull myself together. I had an old pair of khaki pants on, and a plain top, with some hand knit socks and a pair of clogs. I hadn't taken time to do anything with my hair, much less put on makeup. At the last minute, I wrapped my new Mara around my shoulders and neck. My husband looked at me and said "You're looking stylish today."
Granted, this statement was coming from a guy who doesn't mind mixing stripes with plaid, but I do think the Mara shawl made all the difference. Besides, according to the Problem Ladies, "Converting a shawl into a scarf takes off ten years and ten pounds." Who am I to scoff at that kind of advice?
Pattern: Mara by Madelinetosh
Source: free download from the Madelinetosh website
Materials: 2 skeins of madelinetosh pashmina in "fig", and US size 6 needles
Modifications: After taking a poll, I decided to add extra stitches to the ruffle by increasing to a (k3, p2) ribbing after the first couple of inches. I'm happy with how it came out!
Last but not least, a knitter working on a shawl doesn't have to worry quite as much about gauge, fit, or even finishing work such as seams! I have a number of gift knitting projects I need to work on, but I don't think it will be long before I am casting on for another shawl such as Daybreak or Whippoorwill!
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