I know you’re all wondering if I finished the Flower Basket Shawl in time to wear to the wedding last Saturday and the answer is YES! I did! However, I believe in showing my handknits in the order in which they were finished and that means we need to talk about my Beach Glass Shawl first. I started it on March 18th and finished it on April 3rd so it’s high time I showed you some photos of this beauty.
The pattern is by Susan Lawrence and, like many of Susan’s patterns, it starts with a tricky cast on. Perhaps tricky isn’t really the right word, because the cast on isn’t difficult, it’s just not typical and I find that’s very typical of Susan. Frankly, it’s one of the things I love about knitting her designs.
In any case, you begin by casting on a gazillion stitches and then the rows get shorter and shorter. Those decreases make for a beautiful wavy edge.
The entire shawl is knit in garter stitch and the main portion is mostly straight knitting with the occasional yarn over thrown in to make for some beautiful large holes that add interest. I found the whole thing moved along very quickly and I enjoyed the pattern immensely.
The yarn is Kim’s wonderful Lucent, a merino and cashmere blend, in the color Pussywillow. It’s a little bit green and a little bit blue with some beige bits here and there and it’s gorgeous. It’s a delight to work with and the color pleased me greatly.
It’s not a large shawl and I didn’t block it severely but rather just stretched it out gently and let it dry. It will be perfect to throw over my shoulders on a chilly summer night – I honestly can’t wait to wear this one!