My Mom’s birthday is in January and I’m usually kind of late getting her present to her. This year was no exception. I started knitting this shawl before her birthday, but I didn’t finish it until April and didn’t give it to her until we visited in June. She doesn’t seem to mind.
This is Echo Flower Shawl, a free pattern from Jenny Johnen, available here on Ravelry. I didn’t make any modifications at all – knit as the pattern was written. This has been on my to-do list forever and I can’t think of a better reason to knit it than for my mom’s birthday.
The yarn is Madelinetosh (no surprise there), lace weight (100% merino wool) in color Posy.
The shawl is knit from the small square in the center top back, and increases into a triangle. The main flower section is pretty quick to knit and looks more complicated than it really is. I just love this pattern and the lovely flower design!
The lower section, with all the nupps (the little bumps or bobbles) was slow going. I’m not a nupp expert. I have to use a very small crochet hook on the purl side to work them off, which is a slow method but it works well for me. It’s the only way I can keep from dropping loops.
I really enjoyed knitting this shawl and would definitely make it again. I think next time I’ll make it a little bit bigger. The pattern says to make 13 flower repeats before starting the border. Next time I’ll do 16. I used 66% of the skein of yarn for this shawl and I think I can still manage 16 repeats with 1 full skein. Have some Tart color that is just waiting to become this shawl.
You can check out my project page here on Ravelry.