Selkie Shawl

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Selkie is off the needles and I am so happy with how this turned out. It is my first shawl and it was an utter joy to knit. I was so lucky to knit along slde Valerie and Michaela in our mini KAL. The three of us each have a very beautiful shawl and have become real knitting buddies, I feel sad to think we won’t be in daily contact, sharing progress, sharing tips (well, they shared their tips with me!)

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The shawl features a triangular section knit in garter stitch, so perfect for knitting in front of the TV and ensuring your husband doesn’t feel totally neglected! My husband is totally neglected! The shawl is then bound off and stitches picked up at the edge. This was the only part that I found unnerving as I hadn’t done this technique before. It was absolutely fine but a bit of a confidence game as I wasn’t sure what it should look like and, whilst the ladies reassured me, I was convinced I had got it wrong! After the Latvian Braid, which is a very straightforward, there is a simple but effective lace repeat pattern, broken up by a knit braid section, where the third colour creates the effect.

I think I will be getting lots of wear from this pretty shawl. I just wish the weather would perk up so I can get some nicer pictures.

I’ve been a hopeless blog friend as I’ve been so busy these last few weeks but I’m happy to be Joining you all and Ginny and Nicole.

 

 

28 thoughts on “Selkie Shawl

    1. Tania Post author

      Oh thank you for your lovely compliments! I think I will get lots of wear from it the next few months, it really is a great size as you say.

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  1. Kylie M-W

    Your shawl turned out beautifully! I love the colours you chose. I have been admiring that pattern since it came out and my friend is ordering yarn for one this week… perhaps I will join her.

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    1. Tania Post author

      You and your friend could do a mini KAL! Such fun to share progress and so motivational too. I hope one day to see your selkie!

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  2. Valerie

    Knitting Selkie together was such a special experience, Tania! Your shawl is stunning and you chose the perfect colours. My youngest daughter was just admiring your photos and loves your shawl too! xo

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    1. Tania Post author

      Thank you Valerie and Muireann! I am so happy you both like it. I always wonder…do your girls have open access to your stunning knitwear collection or is it on a gift basis only, Valerie?!! I really hope we can knit together again soon Valerie xox

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      1. Valerie

        For the most part I guess I supply them with enough that they don’t need to go to my collection, but when a particular one of my older daughters is heading out the door, I will often be scrambling to get out a special shawl or mittens that she (or I) suddenly realize would look perfect with her outfit. So fun!
        Yes, we must plan another kal soon!! xo

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  3. Sarah W.

    I cannot get over how much I love this shawl. It is beautiful. It is absolutely perfect for spring and the colors are perfect for your complexion. I think the pictures are really good, too. I have a hat that requires me to pick up 80 stitches and I’ve avoided it because I don’t want to…I hate picking up stitches. I can’t even imagine the amount of stitches you had to pick up. Job well done, Tania.

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    1. Tania Post author

      Thank you so much Sarah, that means so much. It was 169 stitches! But as they were up the side of the shawl it was quite quick when I realised where I needed to run my needle. For a seasoned knitter like you it would be easy peasy I am sure.

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    1. Tania Post author

      You are very kind. I think sometimes a simple pattern allows the yarn to do the talking and Jamieson and Smith is lovely yarn.

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    1. Tania Post author

      Thank you – I was quite undecided about the colour as I usual stick to blue and green but I am so glad I opted for the coral – it makes me feel optimistic about the Spring coming very soon!

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  4. Pom Pom

    Hi Tania! I am so proud of you! You are a knitting prodigy! Beautifully done!
    I put your blog on my blog roll so I won’t be missing any more posts.
    Happy Monday!

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  5. Ruby

    Another handknit that showcases your natural beauty, Tania! Love it! I used to really dislike picking up edging and/or a pile of stitches to continue a pattern…I don’t know what happened exactly, but now I love it! I think maybe because it tends to take place toward the end of a pattern…so I’m excited for the possibility of an FO? I hardly ever finish anything anymore.

    Again, such a beautiful knit!!!

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