Elizabeth Street

Knit: Authenticity Shawl

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I've had this beautiful local wool sitting with me since the summer, and a couple weeks ago I picked up another couple of hand dyed skeins at my local farmer's market.  (Read about this beautiful farm to skein yarn in my Swatch Stories post!)  I wanted to knit them up together, and after scouring Ravelry for something just right I came across the Authenticity Shawl.  I cast on, and I knew right away it was the perfect yarn/pattern match.  The lace in this pattern is just so gorgeous in a larger gauge - it was so addicting to knit.  I had to keep doing one more row just to see how it would look.  It also shows off the texture of the yarn perfectly - I wanted a pattern that would let the yarn "breathe" and just kind of do its thing, and it worked perfectly.  I also like the way the garter section gives a nice contrast to the complicated-looking lace.  I stayed up too late one weeknight just to finish binding off and blocking my shawl - I couldn't wait to see what a good soak would do with the yarn.  Magic, every time.  The lace opened up and the whole thing relaxed into a wonderfully cozy shawl.  I'll be wearing this one all winter long; my one future goal is to someday wear my Wisconsin-raised Shetland wool shawl IN Shetland. 

Pattern: Authenticity Shawl by Sylvia McFadden

Yarn: 100% Shetland wool from Wheely Wooly Farm

Size: wingspan (after blocking) - 65 in; depth - 30 in. 

Mods: I just did as many chart repeats of the lace section and garter section as I could to use up all the yarn I had; it was about 4 of the lace section (the pattern suggested 5) and a couple rows shorter of garter stitch than called for.  My shawl is still a generous, easy to wear size after a good blocking.  Since I switched colors at the beginning of the garter section, I started with a knit row rather than a purl row for a smoother color change.  That meant I was purling the whole garter section rather than knitting it, but I didn't mind.