September 23, 2011

Civil War Shetland Wool Shawl

I am currently working on a fun knitting project that uses a very simple pattern but a pretty complex stitch. It's not that the stitch is particularly hard, but if I mess up once, the whole pattern is ruined and it's really difficult to figure out where I messed up. Once I find the offending stitch, it is almost impossible to rip out the other stitches and get them back on the needle in the correct places.

It's getting to be that time of year where wool on your lap is a toasty welcomed companion. My knitting list is growing. I should stop looking at everyone's beautiful knitted things before my hands fall off.
 I love the Civil War era wraps that I have but now I'm starting to eye up some pretty shawls. I normally walk around my house in the winter wrapped in a small blanket, folded the the shawl above. I've been fooling with the idea of making a shawl that I can wear around the house as well as at reenactments. (I really think someone with more fashion influence than I needs to bring shawls back.) This pattern is simple enough but uses different stitches to make pretty patterns. It is probably gorgeous when made and I am thinking of adding it to my list. It is folded over do it will be twice as warm. But first I have to finish the garment I am working on.  

The item I am currently working on uses a very open stitch and I am afraid it will be too open to be warm. It is a gift so I can't post much about it yet but I really like how it looks so far. I am very happy that I have something to be excited over because this semester is really sucking the life out of me. (Yes, it's pretty sad that I am looking forward to 3 minutes of knitting here and there throughout the week but at least it is something and I'm not running around full of stress like I have been in previous weeks. :D)

When I am done the three big projects that I have this semester I vow to sit and knit to my heart's content. I am a pretty slow knitter so I usually only manage one or two knitting projects a season. Unfortunate, knitting takes so long and there's so many other enjoyable hobbies.   


  1. I wish I could knit. This project looks so cool.

  2. You can send a care package my way anytime. The next few events will be cold. XD

  3. I hope it turns out great! What a pretty pattern too!

  4. John, no one said it was going into a soldier care package. But it might be. :D

  5. I enjoy knitting and love shawls - this one looks stunning.

  6. I'd love to see someone make it. Thanks for your comments!

  7. This is gorgeous! I would like to make it but have a question. Do you knit as one piece or do you make it in two pieces and sew it together?

    1. Hi Barbara! I think you just do the same thing but in reverse. Just like today these were open to the knitters interpretation back then. You could sew Two together if you wanted or only knit one half.


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