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Cascata Shawl

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.

Cascata Shawl Full Size blog size

Tina dyed the yarn and the color is awesome. Jess and I perused several patterns together but finally settled on Cascata from Twist Collective.

Cascata Shawl with Short Rows blog size

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.

Cascata Shawl Waves blog size

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.

Cascata Shawl in the Breeze blog size

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.

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  1. Such a beautiful shawl! What a special friend you are to give so much of your knitting talent. Knitting definitely holds our friends dear to our hearts! Can’t wait to see photos on the bridesmaids.

  2. So elegant. How amazingly generous of you to knit for friends’ weddings. Such pressure. You’ve done well!

  3. The shawl is a beautiful way to who your love. Your photographs show just how stunning, light and elegant the shawl is. Nice work on both knitting and photoging!

  4. The only word(s) to use are “Absolutely Stunning!” As it happens, I was at my local yarn store last night and she had just gotten in some new Alpaca laceweight.

    Coincidence?? I think I shall be acquiring a pattern soon. And some yarn.

  5. What a gorgeous shawl!! Love the pattern, love the color—looking forward to your pictures from the wedding!! I hope someday I’ll be able to make shawls like that…..what a special gift for a special friend!

  6. Wonderful! I love the way it’s designed. Have a great time at the wedding, and give Tina a hug for me (I met her at SOAR, which was a definite highlight of my trip!)!

  7. The engagement photos are beautiful – and I notice that the bride-to-be is wearing a very nice sweater!

  8. Beautiful work Carole…and what a nice way to be part of the wedding festivities! I love the color and think I need to add tht pattern to my queu…always nice to hear that a pattern is well-written.

  9. Carole, it’s wonderful! Tina did a lovely job with the dyeing and your knitting and blocking are fabulous! Thank goodness it was a decent pattern.

    And I love how the lace is a bit like our Jessalu’s veil. You two are so clever.

  10. That looks great! I made the Anthemion Shawl from a recent knitty for my wedding but I never actually wore the shawl at the wedding! The weather was pretty nice and from running around and dancing, I never got cold. I saw the Cascata Shawl looking through ravelry recently and almost started it… until I saw, CO 383… I just couldnt make myself do that!

  11. That’s really gorgeous. It does look like it would be heck to block. The shape…I am always intrigued and repelled by irregularly-shaped shawls. They’re gorgeous, and yet they seem so odd to me! I should just knit one and get it over with. πŸ˜‰

    Hmm, that stitch pattern looks a little like the one in the Spring Forward socks from Knitty. That was a fun knit.

  12. Seeing it in person at the wedding on Sunday was an absolute treat… seeing EVERYTHING knit in the signature Sin colorway made me go all squee on the inside! You did a beautiful job, and I know the bridesmaid you knit it for was absolutely overwhelmed when we explained how much work goes into knitting a shawl. She loves it!

    Your generosity with your time and caring is truly inspiring. πŸ™‚

  13. thank you SO much for knitting that shawl for me!! ( times a billionty) – you are an awesome friend xoxo It turned out beautifully and fit her perfectly! Becky does love the shawl and I think I’ll probably get a call in a few months asking how to clean it, I can’t wait to explain THAT process to her! lol

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