November 10, 2014

The Bride's Shawl

The knitting started with a request from The Princess - she wanted a large - large round shawl.  We both trolled Ravelry trying to find a pattern and ultimately she settled on Girasole by Jared Flood.  Actually - let's back up - it all started because of that award winning shawl I knit for a bride last summer.  I honestly don't remember if The Princess was even engaged when I knit that shawl, but once engaged, once of the first things she asked for was a shawl.  Next - I reached out to my friend Gyspy Knits who is an amazing dyer, but isn't really dying yarn any longer and asked if she'd be interested in dying the yarn for the shawls.  She was and did.  We sent her a sample of the bridesmaids colors and asked for ghost colors.  GyspyKnits did an amazing job.

The Princess asked for a few things - she specified a pattern and asked that the shawl be huge.  I knit my shawl which was also round, to work out construction and bought the Elizabeth Zimmerman book to figure out Pi Shawl construction.  I also reached out to the Jared Flood team to see if there was a way to make it even bigger.  Oh and I stalked each and every girasole made on Ravelry and read the notes for everyone who made theirs bigger. 

 I knit the center exactly as written.  There really was no way to increase in the center.  I knit as many extra repeats of Chart E as I could, knit 3 repeats of Chart F, then I knit as many increases of Chart G as I could until I had to repeat again.  Then I knit 3 repeats of Chart H and honestly I was worried I was going to run out of yarn.  The Princess was home in late August and I had her choose between the edging pattern called for in the pattern, or the same edging used on all the bridesmaids' shawls.  She (of course) chose the matching edging - of course it was the more difficult and complex edging.  I think there was 1600 stitches around in the last 18 rounds.  The edging took 2 rows to bind off a single stitch.  I honestly thought I was going to the wedding nekkid because I did not start my dress until this shawl was finished!

Once the shawl was completely finished - the decision was made not to block it.  Blocking would open the lace up in the center a lot more, but as you can see when the shawl is draped over my coffee table - the sunflower in the center stands out.  The shawl is quite large without being blocked - The Princess is almost 5'11" and folded in half, the shawl stretches from finger tip to finger tip and hangs down past her knees.  What was done instead of blocking was the edging was just steamed out to open it up without really making it any bigger.  

I think The Princess liked it and it was exactly what she wanted.  I don't know how she'll use it from her on out - but I expect to someday get a photo of a baby wrapped in this shawl.

9 comments :

  1. Wow - It's stunning! I've already favorited your Ravelry project page for when I knit my own Girasole :-) I've already knit one, but it was afghan sized for my Grammy. I want my own to be lace weight and huge! You did an amazing, incredible, beautiful job!

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  2. What an amazingly, beautiful shawl and heirloom! Bravo!

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  3. I especially love the picture of you in your pretty pink floral dress, showing off your shawl with the Statue of Liberty in the background. It's iconic. And I'm betting that shawl will make a beautiful baby blanket some day. Obviously, your princess can make her own, but this one is special in a way no other ever will be.

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  4. What an amazing shawl and a precious heirloom for her. I think a baby wrapped in this would be so precious.

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  5. Wow. That's an impressive piece of art! Kudos to you on the handiwork, on the milestone in your life - and that of your daughter's - and especially on the design work!

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  6. G, this is AMAZING! What a precious and beautiful make! And the colour is spectacular!

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  7. That's gorgeous!! Your fingers must have been in constant motion to finish all those.

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  8. I do LOVE the shawl, for now it is folded in the closet, but I think in the spring/summer months I will drape it over the sofa in the living room, or over the bed as a decorative layer. Someday, yes you will see a baby draped in it in photos, the timing of which I make no promises :) Love you mama!!

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