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 NovemberKALShawlI love lacy sock yarn shawls!  And for so many reasons. . . the yarn is just a bit heavier than lace weight, making it a more substantial knit without being too warm and heavy to wear indoors this time of year.  I can buy just one of that super-special one-of-a-kind skein and have a fabulous statement piece to wear from it.  Sock yarn is often washable, making it safe to give a sock yarn shawl as a gift to a non-knitter friend or family member.  Finally, shawls and shawlettes are just so much fun to make!  This lovely example was knit from a mystery pattern over the last month.  Jen Lucas of Knitting Like Crazy released the pattern in 4 stages, one each week for the month of November.  It was so much fun to knit without knowing exactly what the finished result would be — a knitting adventure of sorts!  The weekly releases were quick to complete, so my holiday knitting schedule wasn’t interrupted.  Now that the knitalong is complete, the finished pattern is available to download from Ravelry.

NovemberKALShawlBlockingBlocking lace shawls is critical to open up your stitch work and even out the final shape.  For this shawl, I soaked the finished piece in tepid water with a little bit of Eucalan wool wash and used a gingham vinyl tablecloth spread out over a rug that I could pin into.  The straight lines and half-inch squares on the gingham pattern meant that I didn’t need to rely on my tape measure, while the vinyl finish resisted any remaining water and allowed the shawl to dry quickly.  Pinning each little point of the edging was tedious, but well worth the gorgeous finished result!

NovemberKALShawlinprogressProject Details:
Pattern: Mystery Shawl 2013, by Jen Lucas
Yarn: Fingering (Sock) weight: I used 1 skein of Cascade Heritage in Ice Caves.  The pattern is written for your choice of one or two colors!  Other amazing yarn selections would be Lotus Mimi (100% MINK), or Plymouth Sakkie!
Needles: Size 5 32″ circular
Size: Small (Large shawl is also an option, and would use closer to 800 yards)
Special Notes: Applied lace edging is an easy-to-memorize 4 row reapeat!