When I decided to knit my sister a shawl for her 30th birthday I didn’t think it would take me this long to pick one!
Her birthday was on 28th Feb!!
I knew I was leaving it late as I still hadn’t finished my brothers socks, (due 19th Jan! Still waiting to be posted!) but even though I’m never normally on time with knitted gifts, this is even late for me!
The first point I was stuck at was picking the yarn. I gave Jen six options and she got it down to two……
Wollmeise Pure in Petite Poison
Madeleine Tosh, Tosh Sock in Moss
Eventually I decided to go with the Wollmeise as Amethyst is her birth stone and I wanted a shawl with more delicate drape than comfort squish.
Other than finishing Adams socks and picking a yarn, my main issue was that I couldn’t decide on a pattern. I had a few ideas in my head but wanted it to be special and perfect for her. So I took to Ravelry to see if it would help.
Looking through Ravelry just made it harder, there are so many amazing shawls out there, all pulling me in different directions!
So I decided to put together my favourite five shawls and compare them all together to help me decide.
The greatest thing about Ravelry is having the ability to see many knitters versions of patterns, it different yarns, weights and colours.
The pics shown are a mixture of the designers own and other Ravelry knitters projects.
I love the bold, determined style of Trilinear designed by Cindy Garland, but the thought of having to make another decision for the second colour has put me off this but has also put this at number eight in my Ravelry queue!
© Wild Prairie Knits
The delicate draping leaves of The Lonely Tree Shawl designed by Sylvia Bo Bilvia are just gorgeous and the border adds such a pretty finish but I didn’t want a block lace pattern for the entire shawl. (I think this would be awesome in another yarn in my stash too)
© Sylvia Bo Bilvia
The shape of Lazy Katie has me obsessed! Brigit Freyer has designed a work of art in this shawl but it needs a bold, colourful, variegated yarn to create the brilliant effect.
Semele Shawl designed by Asa Tricosa is practically perfect, it has a delicate drape a base of stockinette stitch and pretty lace border, I think it has made the final cut….
Whenever I think to knit a shawl my default designer will always be Susanna IC and Oslo Walk is fantastic. I love the dangling ice crystals and the yo’s breaking up the main section of the shawl. Susanna’s construction is always a winner for me so into the final it goes…
The final decision has been hard but due to the weather at the moment being so cold and so icy I’ve made my choice…..
The winner is Oslo Walk!!