My dear friends JessaLu and Roger are getting married this weekend. I am so happy for them and I volunteered throughout the last year to help out in any way that I can. Last spring I took their engagement photos but that didn’t seem like enough. Cookie had already knit a stunning shawl for JessaLu’s veil so I didn’t need to knit anything for the bride. I asked Jess about shawls for the bridesmaids and she said that 2 of the bridesmaids were knitting their own and she would be knitting the third. I immediately offered to do that for her and I’m so glad I did.
This is not your typical shawl pattern, if anything it’s more of a cross between a shawl and a stole. There is no triangular shape and center paired increases, rather, the shawl is knit as one long piece. You start by casting on 383 stitches (aaaaaah) and then work the lace pattern and finally use short rows in stockinette stitch to create a sort of “U” shape to the whole piece.
The pattern is very well written and easy to follow and the yarn was a joy to work with. I had a hard time blocking it to the dimensions referred to in the pattern but I managed to get it into submission and I think it turned out nicely.
I mailed it to JessaLu last week and she says she loves it. Now I just can’t wait to see how it looks when the wh0le wedding party assembles on Sunday. I consider myself so fortunate to have my knitting be a part of two weddings this year. I can’t think of a greater compliment to my skills or a better way to show my friends how much I love them.