To be honest, I feel a bit naughty showing you this WIP, as it's so near completion I should really wait until it's fully finished. But I am so excited by it that I can't wait till then. It's a shawl made from half a granny square. My inspiration came from this one, found on Pinterest. It took me a while to find a suitable yarn to work with but when I did, this is what it looked like:
Warm, rich colours so reminiscent of autumn, don't you think? The yarn is by Rico Designs, I think. All of it went into the shawl, which is more like a shawlette in size, to be honest. While I was making it, I enjoyed the colours, but wasn't actually too fussed about the triangular shape of the shawl, so I thought it would make a nice gift for someone or perhaps a giveaway on my Facebook page.
That was until I started the edging. I found a yarn in my stash that matched one of the purple hues, went on a Pinterest quest for pretty border ideas, set my heart on this one, and hooked away. The shawl transformed before my very eyes into a gorgeous, feminine, elegant and very much desirable clothing accessory. By the time, I was through row 2 of the edging...
...I kind of knew that the shawl would not be given away, and that I would selfishly make it mine. Sorry :D
One thing that has been annoying me since the first few rows is that one side of the top is rolling slightly upon itself...
But I plan on adding a row of UK dcs, and possibly one row of crabstitch, and I'll probably block the whole thing, which hopefully will resolve this tiny issue.
So far, I have done all three rows of the edging on one side, plus at the tip of the shawl.
I am very pleased with the look of this tip. This is quite literally the first elaborate border that I have ever made. Working the stitch sequence at the tip proved a bit of a challenge, and I definitely recommend this very simple trick.
Anyway, I am now a little over half way through the edging, as you can see in the picture below:
The edging in the foreground is the complete one. It ruffles a bit and I think I may attempt some dreaded blocking to make it look a bit flatter. However, I've noticed that it hangs very nicely when the shawl is worn, so maybe I will not bother...
And that's it for another installment of the Granny Love Challenge! For more Granny Love, get to Jijihook's website. And as for me, I shall leave you with the promise of a more 'skirty' update to come next week.
Thanks for reading :)
A little addendum post-publication, as I had a request about the earrings pictured above. Here's a clearer picture of them. They are lovely earrings but unfortunately quite heavy and therefore pulling on earlobes in quite an unflattering way... :D