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Are you ready to design a shawl?

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“This post is part of the 31 days of knitting challenge which is part of the Write 31 Days challenge hosted by Crystal Stine. Don't forget to subscribe and get updates of new posts by email or follow me on social media.

31 days of knitting

Day 23- Are you ready to design a shawl? I am not a designer but I like to think like one. I enjoy the idea of one day designing my own shawl or sweater because sometimes I just like to change things around. When I bought my first house I couldn't find a tablecloth with the right color combination for my kitchen table so I went ahead and bought fabric and made one. I also bought fabric and made curtains for my daughter's bedroom. I know this might sound a little extreme, but let's face it, how many times have you search for a specific color or shape or texture and whatever is ok but perfect. Yes, I have a sewing machine and can make a curtain or tablecloth but I cannot  make clothes, or at least I have not tried it. However, I can make a knitted fabric and make a sweater or shawl. I like to make things and understand the process of how we get from casting on to the getting a final product. I guess you can say I like to know why we do things and what are the effects of following or not following a particular design.

A few weeks ago I found a great website with beautiful knitted patterns and instructions to guide you through the design process of a shawl. Dr. Julia is the knitwear designer behind the jriede website, she is also the author of the Shawl Design in plain English books. You can find more about her here.

There is a lot of great content in the jriede website, from tutorials to patterns and books, to designing your own shawl. You can find the series here. Her patterns are well written and her schematics are easy to follow. Don't forget to subscribe to her newsletter to get pattern updates. 

Shawls are great for the office, a night by the beach or when you just want an extra layer of cozy fabric. I personally like shawls that are adjustable and that I can wear in several ways with different outfits. The Faroese and Rectangular shawls are my favorite because I can style them easier. I have a few skeins of fingering weight super wash merino wool that I can't wait to cast on. What is your favorite shawl style?

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