At the beginning of October I introduced a new project I was working on, the Miss Grace Shawl from Skeino. Using a newly developed technique dubbed ‘tapestry knitting’ I got started straight away on this knit.
As I mentioned in my first post, Staci from v e r y p i n k . c o m has put together an absolutely incredible tutorial for this project that I highly recommend for those wanting to knit up one of these fabulous shawls. In the beginning, the pattern kind of blew my mind — the chart, like the knitting, is very fluid and getting a hang of the half and whole forms does take a little time and practice to get settled. Thankfully the tutorial is exceptionally well done and can help expedite that settling in process a lot. The awesome thing is that once you pass the initial learning curve and you’re rolling on this project, it’s really hard to put it down.
Along the way I picked up one of these row counters from Dyeabolical. This sweet little tool made keeping track of where I was in the ‘forms’ super easy and saved me a ton of second guessing and extra counting. For under $5, I would call that well worth the investment!
Because… those blues!
In any case, I finished up the main body and got to work on the border. The border is a whole lot of stitches, but I found it went really fast. Or maybe I was just knitting like a fiend to see this beauty finished. Either way, the process was quick and the results, lovely.
And those forms do in fact look just like ocean waves.
As you can see the border is in the 2inch range — starting with a contrast color and then shifting to the main color I really love how it frames the main body. I did use a needle size up in my right hand during the bind-off just to insure I’d keep it loose, but neat.
All in all, this kit doesn’t just create a beautiful & incredibly unique shawl, it is really, really fun to knit. I have to admit that it’s actually super tempting to do another in a new colorway. With Skeino’s 19 different color combinations, it’s really hard to not dream a little. A little short on time for now, though, I’ll have to settle for happily wrap myself up in my beautiful shawl. If wearing my Miss Grace is settling, well, I’m going to consider myself a pretty lucky lady!