Friday, July 8, 2011

FO Friday: Cedar Leaf Shawlette

Pattern:  Cedar Leaf Shawlette by Alana Dakos
Source:  Never Not Knitting pattern store
Materials:  I held 2 yarns together to knit this:  A Verb for Keeping Warm Creating: Superwash Sock in "Kerala", and The Sanguine Gryphon Gaia Lace in "Cobblestone Mazes", and used both US 4 and US 5 needles.
Modifications:  The first time I knit this, the garter stitch edging rolled.  I think the shawlette is still attractive when worn even with the rolling, but given the opportunity to knit it a second time, I decided to try to solve the issue.  I worked the cast on row and garter stitch edging on US 5 needles, added one row of seed stitch, then went down to US 4 needles for the stockinette body and leafy border.  Ultimately, even though I got it to the point where the fabric doesn't roll when I lay it down,  the scarf still naturally rolls when worn, which is okay!

Next time I wouldn't bother with the modifications.
If you are one of those people who has seen this pattern and liked it, but just haven't gotten around to knitting it, I encourage you to give it a try.  If you do, I wouldn't be surprised if you end up knitting more than one shawlette!  It is a great pattern for a number of reasons:
  • Alana Dakos has created a well written pattern, including clear instructions for knitting short rows.
  • It is a fun and addictive knit, with enough detail to keep you interested, but not so much that you couldn't knit while keeping an eye on Dexter, or the residents of Downton Abbey.
  • Versatility! - The pattern is versatile in terms of yarn possibilites, and the shawlette is a versatile accessory.  Check out the cute pictures of the pattern author demonstrating just that.
I promised the next installment of Knitting in Paradise for this FO Friday #42 at Tami's Amis, but I decided that this project deserves its own FO post for those of you who are here just for the knitting.  If you are interested in further vacation adventures and misadventures you can continue reading here.


  1. Ooh - that looks wonderfully snuggly - gorgeous!

  2. Gosh, I love your scarf! Can't get better.

  3. Its really beautiful! The scarf is perfect! Job well done!

  4. Beautiful, would love to give this a try, but it might be a little over my head still.

  5. This is lovely! Love your yarn choices, they look great together. I love patterns that make you want to knit them again and again :)