Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Broken Waves Shawl

When I went on a knitting retreat back in October, I bought some beautifully squishy yarn. Due to other projects, and certain unforeseen circumstances, it took me a really long time to cast it on for the pattern I had bought to go with it. But now it is finished, and blocked, and the first day of appropriate weather I'm wrapping myself in this and strutting around.

Disclaimer: this color was nearly impossible to photograph accurately.

The pattern is called 'Broken Waves.' I bought a paper pattern, but it's available on Ravelry as well. It's a looooooong triangular shawl, predominantly stitched in garter stitch, with a cabled and ribbed border.

This is probably the closest approximation of the true color.

The shawl is knit as a long triangle (almost like half of a diamond), and then stitches picked up along the edge. Then these picked up stitches are knit, one at a time, as you go back and forth across the border. The cabling is supposed to stop at the point, but I have issues, and I knew that the lack of symmetry would bother me. So I just kept going with it.

The yarn is an absolutely luxurious sport weight merino. The shop had the exact yardage I needed, and even though this color is no stranger to my shawl collection I couldn't resist. Especially when I saw the name of it--

Who can resist a little Alice in Wonderland, especially when you're eternally twelve years old? I'd like to say this shawl was a total pleasure to knit, but it wasn't, until I made a minor change. I say a minor change, but I ended up knitting the body of this shawl twice. As the pattern was written, increases were done on the very edge of the shawl. When it came time to pick up the stitches it made for a very messy edge. And I just couldn't have that. So I started over, but did the increase as a kfb, and did it one stitch in from the edge. This made everything much neater. I also omitted the yarn overs because I didn't like how that looked, either. BUT, once I got going with those changes, this was fun to knit. 

Now back to stitching my sweater. Because while it's steaming outside, one doesn't wait until sweater weather arrives to knit a sweater, amiright?


  1. I'm similarly attracted to names like "Mad xxx". If a ruler says "Mad ruler" I'll buy it. I'm still struggling with my beginner lace shawl because I kept having to defrog.

  2. Oooh, what an asbolutely lovely colour! I really love this.

    1. Thanks!!! I snatched those three skeins right up and asked the woman "What pattern do you have that I can make with just this amount of yarn?"

  3. I am sure you are waiting for fall now, so you can dramatically flip it over your shoulders, and strut! Gorgeous!

  4. That's beautiful! The edging is perfect!

  5. Wow! That color totally turned my mood around! That is some exquisite knitting. I wouldn't even attempt it, but thank you for sharing it. People who haven't tried to knit may not really appreciate how much work those lovely cables represent :). What a beautiful shawl. It makes me wish for snow, a fireside, and a good book. Imagine how bright and cozy that will be on a dark January day.



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